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Gerald Edward “Jerry” Hoeft

\Gerald Edward “Jerry” Hoeft, age 66, of Kimball, died Monday, April 10, 2006 at his home.

Jerry was born Oct. 8, 1939, on the family homestead southwest of Kimball, the son of Harry F. and Katherine L. (Warble) Hoeft.

He attended Kimball school. After graduating in 1957, he chose to stay on with his parents, helping them farm, and running the farm when his father was physically unable to do so. Jerry’s favorite part of farming was plowing.

Jerry met Rosalea Eaton in 1963, at the Kimball Drive-In. They were married Jan. 15, 1964, at the First Assembly of God Church in St. Cloud.

Since the Hoeft farm wasn’t big enough to support two families, Jerry worked a variety of jobs. In January 1965, Jerry started working at Jim’s Body Shop in Kimball, where he learned the art of repairing damaged vehicles. He was also employed at Arrow Body Shop and Fenton’s in Litchfield, and for Wheels Westward in Kimball.

In 1981, he built his own shop, Jerry’s Resu-Wreck-tion, on the home place, which he had bought in 1976. Jerry was a perfectionist and took pride in his work.

Late in 1999, Jerry was diagnosed with a rare disease, mitochondrial myopathy. He continued to work as much as he could until March 2004, when his health forced him into retirement. His daughter, Janelle, is proud to own the last vehicle her dad fixed.

Jerry chose to put and keep his family before his job. He shared special interests with each of his children; playing music and singing with daughter Angela; watching football games with son Jerry; teaching vehicle repair and fishing with daughter Janelle; and deer hunting and playing the card game “Rook” with son William.

Jerry loved snowmobiling and game nights. He enjoyed celebrating New Year’s Eve for many years with three other couples and their families.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Phyllis Greely Hoeft; a very special brother-in-law, Elmer Thomson; and long-time hunting partner Merton Eaton.

He is survived by his wife of 42-plus years, Rosalea ‘Rose’ Hoeft of Kimball; children, Angela Hoeft (and fiancé Vernon “Bernie” Wipper of Clearwater), Martin (and Dawn) Hoeft and granddaughters Jalé and Karis of Maple Grove, Janelle Hoeft (and fiancé Chris Jenke) of Owatonna, and William (and Andrea) Hoeft and grandson Johnathan (known by papa as Precious John) of Watkins; and brothers James Hoeft of Mound, and Kenneth (and Betty Lou) Hoeft of St. Cloud.

Funeral services were Saturday, April 15 at New Life Assembly of God Church in Cokato, with the Revs. Al Jones, Mark Johnson, and Becky Johnson officiating. Interment followed in the Kimball Cemetery.

Arrangements were with Dingmann Funeral Care in Kimball.

Friends called from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 14, at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Kimball, and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church. A prayer service took place at 7 p.m. Friday.

Pallbearers were hunting pals and nephews Skip Thomson, Gary Thomson, Lewis Eaton, Joe Eaton, Vernon Eaton II, friend Glen Holmes, and brothers Jim and Kenny Hoeft.

Arrangements were by Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Kimball.

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