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Norris M. Kytle


Norris Mitchell Kytle, 79, of Kingsville, Missouri passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 18, 2023 at Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, surrounded by his loving family.

Norris was born April 02, 1944 in Mountain Home, Arkansas, the son of Theo Thomas Kytle and Lena Oma (Lance) Kytle.  He graduated from Mountain Home High School where he met his wife, Vicki Lynn Caldron.  They were united in marriage on April 23, 1962 in Kansas City, Missouri and moved to Independence, Missouri where they made their home and Norris began his 46 year career with Allis Chalmers/AGCO.  In 1988, they moved to acreage near Kingsville, Missouri and enjoyed the company of their many dogs, ducks, chickens, family, friends, and neighbors.  Country life and the outdoors suited Norris.  He always enjoyed a good bonfire, outdoor cooking, classic country music and visiting with family and friends.  He was a charter member of the Hope United Methodist Church in Lone Jack, Missouri. 

Norris began his career with Allis Chalmers in 1964 as a paint dipper.  He worked several different jobs in the assembly plant until 1978 when he began working summers as part of the Gleaner Tech Van, which provides equipment, service, parts and repair for farmers and custom cutters during the wheat harvest.   In 1990 he was promoted to manager of Gleaner Tech Van operations.  He held this position until his retirement in 2010.  In 1999 Norris was inducted into the U.S. Custom Harvesters Hall of Fame, an honor he mentioned often and was very proud of.  Because of the annual extended travel required by his job, he had many close friends scattered across the country.  

Survivors include: two daughters, Kelley McDonald and fiancée, Kelly Thomas Hughes of Blue Springs, MO and Karey Feightner, and husband, Gregg of Lake Tapawingo, MO; son: Joe Kytle and wife, Heather of Kingsville, MO; brother: C. Dean Kytle of Independence, MO; five grandchildren: Katherine R. McDonald, Leigh E. Yeager, Lauren E. Yeager, Joshua M. Kytle and Caleb M. Kytle; seven great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his father and mother; and loving wife of 60 years, Vicki. 

Funeral services will be held at 12.00 p.m. Friday, December 1st at Wallace Funeral Home, 422 North Lake Street, Pleasant Hill, Missouri 64080 with Rev. Bob Niles officiating. Casket Bearers will be Gregg Feightner, Joe Kytle, Caleb Kytle, Joshua Kytle, Robbie Denholm and Kelly Hughes.  Interment will follow at Holden Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at 11:00 a.m. on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Harvesters Community Food Network.  Contributions can be left at the funeral home or at www.

Friends and family are invited for a remembrance gathering to celebrate Norris’s life immediately following the service/interment.  It will be held at Lake Tapawingo Club House, Dockside Drive, Lake Tapawingo, Missouri 64015. 

15 Messages

  • Roger & Lisa Breshears Posted November 27, 2023 5:13 pm

    We are so very sorry for the loss of your Dad. We are so glad we got to know him over the years. We will always remember the laughs and good times we had with your gatherings Karey & Gregg. Sending prayers and hugs to the entire family. He will definitely be missed. ❤️❤️🙏🏻

  • Lawrence Ellebracht Posted November 27, 2023 6:05 pm

    Rest in peace Norris. You were great to work with. You always went out of your way to keep Gleaner customers running..

  • Linda Caldron Posted November 27, 2023 6:18 pm

    I’m still very sorry that you lost Norris. Who’s a wonderful man he was always nice to me. I love you all.

  • LonniePruett Posted November 27, 2023 7:18 pm


  • James Clary Posted November 27, 2023 7:52 pm

    Norris stopped by the paint shop often. He was always such a cheerful guy. Over the years he was a constant positive presence, always an encouraging fellow. He & his brother, Dean were family friends, my Dad, Harvey, always said to tell Norris “Hi”!

  • Chris Irons Posted November 27, 2023 8:02 pm

    I have lost a great friend in Norris. I had the opportunity to work with Norris on the Gleaner Techvan 21 times for a 2 week stint each summer. We never had a dull moment. Quite the comedian he could be, really without trying to be. I will miss talking with him as we kept in contact fairly regularly since his retirement. Rest In Peace ole’ buddy until we meet again.

  • Shorty and Dona Kulhanek Posted November 27, 2023 8:34 pm

    Norris had the greatest amount of respect from many custom harvesters. He earned that respect from honesty and hard work. A one of a kind good person. We’ll miss you my friend. Honored to have known you.

    • Dan and Sherry Zirnhelt Posted November 28, 2023 12:02 pm

      We have such wonderful memories of Norris from our custom harvesting days. Shorty and Donna expressed our feelings so perfectly! Our condolences to his family.

  • Yvon Lauzon Posted November 27, 2023 9:05 pm

    Sorry for your loss

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