Norman John Beskar
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church (Big River), rural River Falls, WI. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be at the church on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. and for one hour prior to the Mass on Wednesday.
Norman was born April 14, 1933 to Leo J. and Mildred (Maier) Beskar in his family farm home in Oak Grove Township.
Preceded in death by parents Leo J., Mildred and Leona (Buberl) Beskar, and brother Leonard Beskar.
Survived by children: Jean Ann (Ron) Jensen, Barbara (Troy) DeRosier, Debra (Chad) Westfield, Nancy Beskar, Paul (Sarah) Beskar, Mary Beskar, and fourteen grandchildren. Siblings: Sister Anita Beskar, Herb (Cecily) Beskar, Mary Louise (Hugh) McDonald, and Leo A. (Donna) Beskar, sister-in-law Judy Beskar.
Norman attended St Mary’s Big River primary school and graduated from Prescott High School in 1951. Norman was a 4-H member throughout school and volunteered for the US Army shortly after.
In 1958, Norman bought a farm a few short miles away from his childhood home and lived there until the final few years of his life.
In 1963, Norman married Norma Brunner of Hastings and raised six children together, later separating.
Norman was an active member in the National Farmers’ Organization (NFO) and served on the Pierce Pepin board for many years and also served as President for a time.
Norman was a devoted lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, lived and breathed farming, loved to joke and tease, blessed with the gift of gab, he could make friends out of any stranger, loved animals, children, dancing polka and eating ice cream, and found great pride and comfort in his faith, farm, community, and family.
Norman passed away on October 31, 2015 at United Hospital in St. Paul, MN.
We take comfort in knowing that Norman is enjoying himself in Heaven, cracking jokes and laughing that mischievous laugh of his.
Hill Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Prescott, WI is serving the family.