Arden Clarence Hoefs, age 96, passed into God’s hands on the 10th of June, 2012. He was born in Oakdale on February 7, 1916, to John Frederick and Mamie (Brandt) Hoefs and lived on the family farm his entire life. Mr. Hoefs took over the family farm when he married his wife June (Reed) on April 25, 1937. They farmed together outside of Oakdale, until their retirement in 1978. They built a new home in 1977 on a three-acre portion of the farmstead and they remained there until their deaths. . Arden enjoyed farming, farmers’ market, electrical work, fishing, hunting and visiting with his friends and family. He was a member of St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church in Indian Creek, a former Church Council member and Tomah School District board member.
Mr. Hoefs is survived by two sons, Vaughn (Diane) of Camp Douglas, Gary of Kaukauna and one daughter Linda Moreland of St. Louis, MO; eight grandchildren, Vaughn Jr. (Angie) of Sparta and Denise of Camp Douglas, Jonathan (Melissa) of Menomonie, Sheleen Adams of Menomonie, Cassie and Kyle of Kaukauna, and Michelle (Eric) Vaughan and Ian Moreland of St. Louis, MO; five great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Carmen Adams, Dylan Bennett, Lily Lamb and Olivia Vaughan; one sister Eldora Hill of Florence, CO, two sister-in-laws, Virginia Ashcraft of Alamo, TX, Sharon (Orville) Gabower of Oakdale, one brother-in-law, Denzel Reed of Petersburg, VA, many nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife June in 2010, two brothers, one in infancy and Melvin in 1997, and two sisters, one in infancy and Helen in 2010.
Funeral services will be held on June 13 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church in Indian Creek with Rev. Paul Heiderich officiating. Burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery. Friends may meet with the family at the Sonnenburg Funeral Home, 801 E Monowau Street, Tomah, WI 54660 on June 12th, Tuesday evening from 4 until 8 p.m. and also at the church on Wednesday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of services.
Blessed be his memory – he will be missed by all who knew him. This obituary was preapproved by Mom – and we know that she’s happy now that Dad is with her.