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Harold John Peter Hoof

Harold John Peter Hoof, age 84 of Hutchinson, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2005 at the Birchwood Hospice in Hutchinson.

He was born June 17, 1920 in Bergen Township, McLeod County, the son of Henry and Alma (Will) Hoof. Harold was baptized July 17, 1920 by the Rev. H. B. Witzke at the Evangelical and Reformed Church of Lester Prairie, and was confirmed at the same church March 25, 1934 by Pastor Becker.

He was joined in holy matrimony with Esther Heldt April 3, 1940 in Lester Prairie by the Rev. Martin L. Seybold.

Following their marriage, Harold was employed at Weise and Kuhlmann, Inc. until he entered the Army in April of 1944. He served as a GI in central Europe during WWII, until his honorable discharge in 1946.

From 1947 to 1967, Harold worked at Schwartz Mfg. of Lester Prairie, where he advanced to the position of plant superintendent.

In 1967, he and Esther moved to Long Prairie, where they owned and operated the Flamingo Motel for six years.

The couple moved to Hutchinson in 1973, and Harold began working at Telex Communications of Glencoe, where he was employed in the press department until his retirement in 1987.

Harold was active in church and service organizations throughout his lifetime. He served as church council president, building committee chairman, and church treasurer.

He was chief of the Lester Prairie Fire Department for nearly 20 years, and was honored for being a member of the American Legion for 50 years.

Harold’s hobbies included hunting and fishing, and later in life, he became an avid Twins and Vikings fan.

Harold is survived by his wife, Esther of Hutchinson; children and spouses Harold and Lois Hoof of Hutchinson, and Stan and Kathy Hoof of Glencoe; grandchildren Patti and Ron Myers; Paula and Corey Marchese; and Sherry and John Melon; and great-grandchildren Logan Myers, Grace Myers, and Sierra Marchase.

He is further survived by stepbrothers and sisters-in-law Henry Bachmann, Wilfred and Clariss Bachmann, Orville and Ruth Bachmann, and Grace Bachmann; sister-in-law Ruth Hoof; and brothers-in-law Lester Alsleben and Lyle Katzenmeyer.

Harold was preceded in death by his father, Henry Hoof; mother Alma Will Hoof-Bachmann; sisters Rodella Alsleben, Elvera Scheurer, and Marlys Katzenmeyer; stepsister Lorna Bachmann; brothers Vernon and Raymond Hoof; stepbrother Herman Bachman; and brother-in-law, Thomas Scheurer.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Hutchinson with the Rev. Brian Brosz officiating.

Organist was Sharon Barton, and soloist Lee Stritesky sang “In The Garden.” Congregational hymns were “Precious Memories” and “Just As I Am, Without One Plea.”

Interment was in the Lester Prairie City Cemetery with military honors by the Hutchinson Memorial Rifle Squad.

Casket bearers were Donald Hoof, Robert Alsleben, Kevin Close, Mike Katzenmeyer, Marvin Westermann, and Bruce Rosenow.

Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson.

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