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Joseph V. Nofsinger
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Joseph V. Nofsinger, 1932-2015 - photo by Contributed/Picha Funeral Home

Joseph V. Nofsinger, age 83 years, of rural Hillsboro, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015 at the Golden Living Center in Wisconsin Dells, with his wife by his side.

He was born on April 26, 1932 in the Town of Forest, Vernon County, to Glen and Ruby (Kile) Nofsinger.  Joe graduated from the Hillsboro High School in 1950.  He worked on a farm for a year and in March 1951, he joined the U.S. Navy.  He was honorably discharged in March 1955 after three tours of sea duty in the South Pacific.

On June 6, 1956, he married Shirley Gross. They farmed from 1956 to 1988, they then moved to Union Center, WI.  Joe was employed at Marell in Hillsboro for three years, then D & D Farm Store for three years, and for the next five years he was employed at Merrick Foods in Union Center and retired in 1995.

Joe then worked for the DNR seasonally.  The first two years in the Camp Douglas Fire Tower in March and April, and summers and fall on the State Bicycle Trail.  In 1988, they moved east of Mauston and he worked at the Mill Bluff State Park for 11 years.

While living on the farm, Joe was awarded the Vernon County Conservation Farmer of the Year in 1984.  He was a member of the National Farmers Organization for 25 years.  He was a long time member of the Vernon County Holstein Association as well as a Past President.  He was also a member of the State and National Organizations.  In 1985 he earned the prestigious Progressive Breeders Registry Award.

Joe was a member and past President of the Hillsboro Community Club, also a member of the Hillsboro Masonic Lodge and Past Master.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; two daughters, Nancy Baumgartner of Colfax, WI and Linda Tuschl of Elk Mound, WI; a son, Mark (Craig Roberts) Nofsinger of Madison; two grandchildren, Brian and Nicole Baumgartner; one great grandson, Tegan and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Eldon, Otto, James, Richard, Donald and Bert and four sisters, Thelma Witt, Elma Baldwin, Esther McCoy and Dorothy Nofsinger.

A celebration of Joe’s life took place with a gathering of relatives and friends at the Hillsboro Firemen’s Community Center, 203 Mill St., Hillsboro, on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. A lunch followed.

The Picha Funeral Home in Hillsboro assisted the family with arrangements. For online information, go to