Funeral services for Norman Joseph Olberding, 79, of Odebolt, will be held Thursday, July 24, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Odebolt. Father John McGuirk will be officiating. He passed away on Monday, July 21, 2003, at the Odebolt Nursing and Rehab Center following a battle with cancer.
Norman was born April 22, 1924, at Wall Lake, the son of Frank and Victoria (Nees) Olberding. He attended country school near Arcadia. In 1939 he moved with his parents to a farm near Odebolt. He graduated from Odebolt High School in 1942.
On September 17, 1949, Norman was united in marriage with Mildred Landgraf of Odebolt in St. Martin's Catholic Church, with Father A.G. Shaefer officiating.
Norman was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. After returning from service he went into farming. In 1957 he was named an Iowa Master Swine Producer.
As a member of St. Martin's Church, he served as a lay minister. Since retiring from farming nearly 30 years ago, Norman has been active in parish and civic affairs, having served as co-chairman of the Town Centennial, on the Town Council for eight years, a member of the building committee of the present St. Martin's Church and Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus. Norman and Mildred traveled extensively through the United States and foreign countries. Highlights of his traveling includes China, Russia and Egypt. The Queen of Peace at Sioux City, was a great part of his generous contributions.
Norman enjoyed traveling, playing golf, and morning coffee with his buddies at the local restaurant.
Survivors include a brother Vern and his wife Sandra Olberding of Spencer; four sisters: Mardell Ploeger of Sioux Center; Elaine and her husband Joseph Kennedy of Storm Lake; Marilyn Thompson of San Pedro, CA; and Sharon Truex of Benicia, CA; plus numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife Mildred in 1998.
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.