Obit: Hoeft, Louis (1888 - 1956)


Surnames: Hoeft, Sprengler, Kieser, Danielson, Nikolay, Brunkhorst, Olson, Daenicke, Broeske, Lueddecke, Gumz, Marcott, Suder, Janda, Junker, Westphal, Graffunder, Gauerke, Verhulst, Kalepp, Laack, Underwood, Hulse, Fitzlaff, Schultz, Kleiman 

----Source: Abbotsford Tribune (Abbotsford, Clark County, Wis.) 12/27/1956  

Hoeft, Louis (12 Apr. 1888 - 23 Dec. 1956) 

Funeral services for Louis Hoeft, 68, who was found dead of a gun shot wound in his own home Sunday, were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock at the Zink Funeral Home. The Rev. F. H. Sprengler conducted services during which the Misses Dorothy and Marilyn Kieser sang. 

He was a member of Christ Lutheran church and a veteran of World War I. 

Military rites were held at the Abbotsford cemetery, where internment was made. Walter G. Danielson and Frank Nikolay of the American Legion were color bearers. Members of the 173rd F.A. Bn., of the National Guards served as color guard and firing squad. They were Alan Brunkhorst and Galen Olson, color guard; and Donald Daenicke, Marvin Broeske, Marvin Lueddecke, Robert Gumz, Dennis Kieser, Don Marcott and Ed Suder, firing squad. Louis Janda was bugler. 

Pallbearers were Elmer Junker, Vernon Westphal, Gilbert Westphal, Ben Graffunder, Alvin Gauerke and Vilas Verhulst. 

The flowers were carried by the Misses Ruth Kalepp, Nancy Laack and Letsy Underwood. 

Among those from out of town attending the funeral were Harvey Hoeft and Darrell, Kenosha; Mrs. Bessie Hulse, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Ted Hoeft, Chippewa Falls; Mr. and Mrs. Herman Fitzlaff, Little Black and Mr. and Mrs. Emil Hoeft, Milan. 

Louis Hoeft was born in the Town of Holton April 12, 1888. He was a single man and operated a farm in that township until his retirement about two years ago when he moved to Abbotsford. He was reported to be in poor health for some time. 

His body was discovered Sunday afternoon when a brother, Otto, and two friends called at the home. Nearby was a shotgun and two empty shell cases, which led officials to believe he had taken his own life. Death is believed to have occurred early Sunday morning. 

He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Frank (Anna) Schultz and Mrs. William (Ida) Kleiman, and his brother, Otto, all of Abbotsford. Two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.



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