Norman Ray Hoskey (affectionately known as "Tubby") of Chelsea, was born March 21, 1921, in a farm home near Montour, IA. He was the son of Albert and Luella May (Weitzell) Hoskey of LeGrand. He passed away on Jan. 3, 2014, at the age of 92, at Carrington Place in Toledo, while under the care of Iowa River Hospice. In the spring, a Military Service will be held at Maple Hill Cemetery, Montour, where his and Ethel's cremains will be laid to rest. Following the service, a Celebration of Life Open House will be held at the Montour Community Center.
He grew up in Montour where he attended elementary school and in 1940, graduated from Montour High School.
Norman married Ethel Downs in Edina, Mo., on Nov. 15, 1941; they had been married 70 1/2 years when she passed away in April, 2012. He was a trucker, school bus driver, and farmhand in the Montour area prior to his service in the US Army in 1944. Upon returning from the army, he was once again a school bus driver and also a depot agent for Chicago & Northwestern Railroad in Montour until they moved to a farm east of Tama in 1953. In 1956, they moved to a farm south of Montour, then in 1962, to a farm near State Center. In 1967, they purchased a farm between Chelsea and Belle Plaine where they continued to farm with their oldest son, LeRoy, and his family.
Norman Ray Hoskey
Norman especially enjoyed his family, and due to the proximity of many family members, enjoyed helping raise grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Besides farming, he also enjoyed traveling, especially on their motorcycle in their earlier years and in their later years, in their little fifth-wheel camper. Norman and Ethel were revered and loved as sponsors of the Montour Methodist Youth Fellowship for many years and enjoyed welcoming many Montour and Belle Plaine youth to their farm and home.
In addition, Norman also served many years in several capacities with the Tama County Farm Bureau and was a card-holding member of the Montour American Legion for nearly 70 years, serving as an officer and a member of the Color Guard. In October, 2012, he and granddaughter Carla, were able to visit Washington D.C. and the World War II Memorial with the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel, and four brothers, Arthur, Melvin, Lawrence, ad Cleon.
He is survived by two sons LeRoy (Karon),Chelsea and Marvin (Karen), Maryville, Mo.; six grandchildren, Mark (Kenne),Chelsea, Tammy (Scott) Kolash, Belle Plaine, and Ron (Lynelle), Chelsea, Mick (Annette), Maryville, Mo., Carla, Des Moines, and Monte (Kellie), Maryville, Mo.; in addition there are three step-grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, nine step-great-grandchildren and three step-great-great grandchildren.
Cards may be sent to LeRoy Hoskey at 3143 350th St, Chelsea, IA 52215. Memorials may be made to Iowa River Hospice or sent to LeRoy in Norman s honor.
Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.hrabakfuneralhome.com under 'obituaries'.