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Warner W. Hohag, 95

Warner W. Hohag, age 95, a longtime resident of Waverly, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2011.

Warner was born Sept. 22, 1915, in Richfield, to Fred and Mary Hohag. The family moved to Waverly in 1917, and Warner lived on and farmed this land his entire lifetime.

Warner attended Jandro School and completed his education through eighth grade.

He took the afternoon off from harvesting corn Oct. 18, 1937, to marry Louise Painschab. Before settling in Waverly, the couple spent two years farming in Hutchinson, on the farm known as the D.J. Murphy Farm. After the birth of their first son, John, they moved back to Waverly to establish the home and farm on which they lived for the rest of their life.

Warner was very active in the community and church, in addition to his dairy, beef and crop farming. He enjoyed baseball, bowling and horseshoes.

After retirement, Warner and Louise enjoyed traveling to many states, and he later relived these trips through the travel journals he wrote.

Warner was a part of many people’s lives and his gentle smile and quiet humor will be missed.

He is survived by his wife, Louise; daughters Janet (John) Helin, and Marcie (Kim) Tuma; son Steven (Patty) Hohag; grandchildren Amy (Ivan) Swenson, Quay (Nancy) Zander, and Kara (Scott) Keister; great-grandchildren Ellie, Jonathan and Jack Warner Swenson, Rebecca and Jacob Zander, Laura and Tim Keister; and many other relatives and friends.

Warner was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Charles and Stanley; sisters Edna and Vivian; son John; and granddaughter Tatum.

The funeral service took place Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Howard Lake. Music was provided by Patty Munson, organist, and soloist Kim Tuma. Interment followed at the Howard Lake Cemetery.

Visitation was Monday, Feb. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Honorary pallbearers were Ellie Swenson, Jonathan Swenson, Jack Warner Swenson, Rebecca Zander, Jacob Zander, Laura Keister, and Tim Keister.

Pallbearers were Dean Hohag, Quay Zander, Amy Swenson, Kara Keister, Rick Workman, and Ivan Painschab.

Arrangements were by the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Memorials preferred to The United Way, Lake Ridge Care Center or First Presbyterian Church in Howard Lake.