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Edward James Hoffland

Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Edward James Hoffland, 90, passed away on January 15, 2014 at his home in Cresco, Iowa.

Edward was born on March 26, 1923 in rural Howard County near Saude, Iowa. He was the son of Martin and Lea (Basteson) Hoffland. He was baptized at the Saude Lutheran Church by Rev. Tyennagle. He was later confirmed in the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Saude by Rev. H. Finstad and was a member there until it closed. He then became a member of the First Lutheran Church in Cresco.

Edward was a World War II Veteran of the United States Merchant Marines, which took him to many countries in Europe and Asia.

On October 20, 1947, he was united in marriage to Marguerite Hill of Clear Lake, Iowa by Rev. Samuel Carlson at the Old Lutheran Academy in Canton, South Dakota. After living a short time in Clear Lake, they moved to a farm near Schley, Iowa for one year and then moved to a farm north of Saude where they lived for 57 years. From the farm, he moved to the L & L Apartments in Cresco where he has lived for the last 8 years.

Edward farmed for many years and worked a few various jobs and retired from Mason City Millworks after working there for 20 years.

He is survived by his wife, Marguerite of Cresco, two daughters, Candace (Lester) Erickson of Mabel, Minn., and Jeanine (Dale) Schwade of Lime Springs, Iowa, six grandchildren, Leif (Joanie) Erickson of Chatfield, Minn., Peter (Jennie) Erickson of Chatfield, Marcia (Justin) DeVore of Charles City, Iowa, Thor (Tina) Erickson of Elgin, Minn., Dean (Libby) Schwade of Lime Springs, Iowa, and Leah (Jesse) Underbakke of Bellbrook, Ohio, and 13 great-grandchildren, Autum & Silja Erickson, Brent, Chandler & Davis Erickson, Hannah & Jonah DeVore, Torin & Tayla Erickson, Brooke & Kate Schwade, and Helena & Magnus Underbakke.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Harlan & Marvin.

Funeral services were on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the First Lutheran Church in Cresco. Burial will be in in Saude Lutheran Church Cemetery.

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