A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the St. John's Lutheran Church of Galva with the Rev. Paul D. Egger officiating. Burial was at the Holstein Cemetery of Holstein with military rites conducted by the American Legion Dibbern Post #454 of Galva. The Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home of Holstein was in charge of the arrangements.
Harold Herman Hoops was born on Feb. 12, 1918 to Herman and Amanda (Pieper) Hoops in Holstein. He attended country school near Quimby through 8th grade. Harold worked for area farmers before enlisting in the United States Navy in October 1941. Harold served his country for more than four years on the USS Zeilin, where he learned carpentry skills he used throughout his life. He returned to the Galva area, where he farmed, and owned and operated Harold Hoops Trucking business. He put these skills to good use when he tore down their old house and re-used much of that lumber to build their new home on Crawford St. in Galva. In 1984 he retired from the trucking business and started Harold Hoops Saw Sharpening and custom lawn mowing. He was a longtime member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Galva.
On Dec. 22, 1945, he was united in marriage to LaVonne Eileen Harden in Ida Grove. To this union four daughters were born.
Harold had a strong work ethic and especially enjoyed woodworking. Some of his happiest days were spent on his Grasshopper mowing during "retirement." Whether it was in the loader bucket of a tractor, on a lawnmower, or on his moped, and also in his big truck, rides were free for his grandkids. Friends and family will remember his witty personality and great sense of humor. He also had a love to visit and to recount stories from his past. He will be remembered as a faithful Christian, loving husband, and caring father, grandfather, brother and uncle.
Harold is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Jeane Anne; granddaughter, Jodi Foreman; sister, Golda Bithell; brother, Marvin Hoops; sisters-in-law, Lillian Hoops and Joelle Hoops; brothers-in-law, Bill Leonard and Remon Bithell.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, LaVonne, who resides at Sunset Knoll in Aurelia; his daughters, Eileen (Rex) Forman of Alton; Jo Fuhrman and fiancée Mark Waterbury of Burbank, S.D.; and Teresa (John) Wendel of Schaller; his grandchildren, Josh (Nicki) Foreman of El Mirage, Ariz.; Jonathan Foreman and fiancée Ashley Pett of Washington D.C.; Jackie Foreman of Alton; Jeff (Denise) Fuhrman of Jordan, Minn.; Jason (Jenni) Fuhrman of Chaska, Minn.; Nicole (Lathe) Toft of Spencer; Tyler Wendel of Des Moines; and Shelley Wendel of Schaller; his great-grandchildren, Jaxson and Maximus Foreman of El Mirage, Ariz.; Hudson Foreman of Omaha, Neb.; Keaton Foreman of Alton; Alexis and Carter Fuhrman of Jordan, Minn.; and Carson Wendel of Spencer; his siblings, Gloria Leonard of Holstein; Raymond (Madonna) Hoops of Hawarden; and Don Hoops of Galva; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
On-line condolences can be made at nicklasdjensenfh.com.