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DONALD L. MOSHER
June 22, 1917 ~ November 22, 2023 (age 106) 106 Years Old
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Donald “Don” Mosher, 106, passed away on Wednesday, November 22 at Oak Crest Retirement Center in DeKalb, IL. He was born June 22, 1917 at the home of his parents, Clarence and Leila (Johnson) Mosher near DeKalb. He graduated from DeKalb High School, the University of Illinois and Harvard University Graduate School of Business. He married Louise Allen in 1944 after which he served 4 years in the Army. Two years in the states and two years overseas in England, France, Luxembourg, Germany, the Philippines and one year in the Army occupation in Japan where he was awarded the Commendation for Meritorious Service. He worked one year as Assistant Farm Advisor in DeKalb County, farmed with his father for five years and retired after 30 years with the DeKalb Hybrid Seed Company in the Poultry Division.
Don always enjoyed seeing other people enjoy life. While serving 9 years as a local 4-H Club leader he led his club to 2 county softball championships. For 13 years at the DeKalb Ag he conducted a 40 couple bridge group, organized a company twilight bowling league, a twilight golf league that was so popular it had to expand to two golf courses. After retirement he organized a DeKalb Ag retirement golf group that ran for 30 years. He served as Secretary of the First Congregational Church Endowment Fund and chairman of the country 4-H boys committee for 20 years. With the Farm Bureau, he was on the Prime Timer Committee for 10 years during which he conducted 120 monthly one-day bus trips for members. He was an active member of the Farm Bureau, DeKalb Eagles and Sandwich Moose. He was a Life member of the American Legion, Illinois Alumni Association, Kishwaukee and Oak Crest Volunteers. He enjoyed dancing, golf, bowling and bridge. He was an avid sports fan, following the Cubs, Bears, Bulls, all U of I games and Big Ten sports in general.
He is survived by his three daughters Judith Grotenhuis (late Leonard), Ft. Collins, CO, Jennifer (Robert) Hoerdeman, Plainfield, IL and Janet Mosher (Ken Bumbaugh), Rio Rancho, NM; four grandchildren Todd (Dawn) Grotenhuis, Wyoming, MI, Jeff Grotenhuis (Erin McCarthy), Loveland, CO, Sara Hoerdeman (Joe Gange), Batavia, IL, and Erica Hoerdeman (Brad Houshour) Palm Springs, CA; six great-grandchildren Matthew, River and Audrey Grotenhuis; Asher and Eleanor Hoerdeman and Morgan Houshour.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Louise Mosher; his parents; his sister Dora Koski; his brother-in-law Carl Koski; his nephew David Koski; son-in-law Leonard Grotenhuis and dear friend and companion Norma Bray.
The Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 1, 2023, at Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb with Rev. Dr. John C. Dorhauer, officiating. Interment of cremated remains will follow at Fairview Cemetery, in DeKalb, with Full Military Honors by DeKalb American Legion Post 66.
Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Oak Crest Good Samaritan Fund and the First Congregational Church Endowment Fund.
For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call 815-756-1022.