Wilmer Hoyhtya, age 87, of Cokato, passed away Friday, Jan. 1, 1916, at the Glencoe Regional Health Care Center, from complications following hip surgery.
He was born Sept. 15, 1928, at Rock Lake, ND, to Andrew and Deckla (Johnson) Hoyhtya, the last of 12 children. He grew up in Sebeka, MN, and was baptized as an adult.
Wilmer married Josephine Ann Kingstedt Nov. 15, 1954, at Big Fork, MN. The couple had five children.
Wilmer worked on farms, as a trucker, and for well drillers until going into his own well drilling business in 1967.
The family moved to Cokato in 1968.
Wilmer retired from the well business in 1984, but continued to run his hobby farm, milking cows until 1997. He was a very hard worker, always providing for his family. He enjoyed having horses and made pony carts. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Survivors include his children: David (Kathy) Hoyhtya of Cokato, Kathy (Keith) Herrmann of Glencoe, and Kenneth (Sheri) Hoyhtya of Cokato; daughter-in-law Jennie Hoyhtya of Arizona; grandchildren Stephanie (Greg) Morrison, Crystal (Bjorn) Bakke, Luke Hoyhtya, Adam (Jennifer) Johnson, Jennifer (Derrick) Todnem, Samantha (Aaron) Peterson, and Kaycie Kellogg; and great-grandchildren Mason, Evan, Aunnalise, Erica, Sydney, Isabelle, Spencer, Julia, Ethan, Noah, Kylan, Baylynn, Makenna, and Kaden.
He is further survived by a sister, Elvi Kinnunen; brother-in-law Owen (Lois) Kingstedt; and sisters-in-laws Hazel Hoyhtya and Gerri Kingstedt.
Wilmer was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Deckla; wife Josephine; sons John and Steven; and 10 brothers and sisters.
A memorial service took place Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 2 p.m. at Elim Mission Church of Cokato. Interment followed at Cokato City Cemetery.
Arrangements were with the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.