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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

  • Sandy Casteel smith Posted November 28, 2023 12:00 am

    Norris would have known my husband Richard smith as he was also a founding member of the lone jack hood Methodist church. Small world. Sorry for your loss

  • Terry Probert Posted November 28, 2023 1:37 am

    I am so sorry to learn of Norris’ passing. I met him during my employment with AGCO and on the harvest tour in 1997. I think it was August and he picked me up from a rapidly closing airport in Bismark North Dakota. I spent almost three weeks with Norris and his team repairing Custom Cutters Gleaners across that part of the country. His larger than life memory stays with me and the training and advice he provided have mapped my world since then.
    Rest in Peace old friend, those fleeting few weeks are indelible.

  • Robert and Debbie Honas Posted November 28, 2023 6:32 am

    It was a honor to be able to call Norris our friend. Condolences to the family.

  • Beckley Harvesting Posted November 28, 2023 10:48 am

    Norris was a top notch guy. He always had a positive and calm attitude when things were as hectic as they could be. He was a guy you could call when you needed help getting a combine running again or just needed answers. He would do anything within his power to help harvesters get back in the field, even if that meant finding parts in the middle of the night. Thank you Norris for all the help you gave us in the many years you worked with us.

  • Jerry, Jim & Ray Schmitt Posted December 1, 2023 10:16 am

    Norris was the “silver rock” to customers, friends, colleagues, and competitors, who requested his support and friendly advice. It was a pleasure to be around him for whatever event. He will be greatly missed. RIP!
    Our prayers and condolences to his family.

  • Darrel and Margaret Stafford Posted December 2, 2023 7:17 pm

    Kelly, Karey, Joe and families, we are so sad about the loss of Norris, we have a lot of memories of our family get togethers , lots of laughter . Our thoughts and prayers are with you all for comfort.

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