Norbert "Norby" Rudolf Mosel

1957 - 2013, Nevada City, CA; formerly of Santa Barbara

09/23/1957 – 06/06/2013

Norby succumbed to Lou Gehrig’s disease, “ALS,” on June 6th. He collapsed on a blistering hot day after a short trip to the river near his house in Nevada City, California. Surrounded by his wife and children he passed peacefully that evening.

Born to Rudolf & Rosel Mosel on September 23 1957, Norby spent his childhood in Goleta near Lake Los Carneros where he fished, rode mini-bikes, and shot pellet guns like wild kids did! He loved camping in the Sierras with Boy Scout troop 104. It was this mountainous adventurism that never left him.

In his teens he was a “Haskell’s local.” He loved to surf and hang out with the boys. Norby, an outstanding grappler, wrestled at Dos Pueblos High School bringing the team to several league, CIF and State Final Championships. He hiked the Pacific Crest Trail from Canada to Mexico, journeyed the continental divide from Canada to Mexico, traversed Mount Kilimanjaro, and trekked the base of Mount Everest.

Norby, a fourth generation local 114 Union Plumber & Pipefitter, worked with his father and brother at Goleta Plumbing until he started his own company in Nevada City, California.

Here he raised two wonderful children, Shelby and Sawyer. He was very involved with the Boy Scouts and coaching wrestling at Nevada Union High School. He and his son would hunt and fish amongst the tall pines of Northern California and bring back bountiful goods to his family. A storyteller by nature, Norby could embellish a tale like no other.

Norby is survived by his wife Nancy; two children, daughter Shelby and son Sawyer; his parents Rudi & Rosel; his sister Heidi Mosel-Riedo and his brother Gary Mosel; and niece Heather Riedo.

A celebration of Norby’s life will be held at Stow Park, Area 2, on June 23rd from 4:00 ‘til they kick us out. Please come and tell us your own Norby embellished story.

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I am so sorry to hear this. I've known Norby since grade school and we were in Troop 104 together. RIP Norby.

fhopson (anonymous profile)
June 13, 2013 at 9:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This was truly a shocker. He will be sorely missed. Like Forest Hopson, I knew Norby while in Boy Scouts (Troop 104) as well as at Dos Pueblos High School. It was Norby and Gary who made the Troop one of a kind with their awesome winning personalities. I would like to invite those who have a Facebook account to join our Facebook page dedicated to Troop 104 in its hay day. There you will be able to see Norby in his exuberant youth. We will be praying for the family during this difficult time.

Mark Ovrebo

MarkOvrebo (anonymous profile)
June 15, 2013 at 11:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

My Norby Story.
We were building a new home in the Goleta foothills and Norby was the plumber. All of a sudden we see Norby walking toward us with a rattlesnake coiled around his forearm as he held it tightly just behind the head with his hand. Fangs exposed and rattlle rattling, Norby held that snake for us all to see up close. It was amazing and he was cool as ice water.
Later he would explain that as kids ,his father would take him and Gary up to Camino Cielo and drop them off with their bikes for a day in the backcountry. They would often catch rattlers , keep them in doubled burlap sacks , and then ride back down the mountain at the end of the day. Later they would sell the rattlers to UCSB for venom ( maybe anti-venom ?) research. That will be one of my lasting memories of Norby.

geeber (anonymous profile)
June 21, 2013 at 4:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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