Richard H. "Dick" Hoss, 85, of Le Mars, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005, surrounded by his family, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, following a massive heart attack.
Richard H. Hoss was born Aug. 19, 1919, at Le Mars, the son of Hubert and Clara (Dennler) Hoss. He grew up in the Le Mars area and attended St. Joseph's Parochial School. During World War II, Dick served his country with the U.S. Army Air Corp.
Richard Hoss married Celeste Dreckman on Sept. 21, 1943, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars. With the exception of a few years when they farmed in the Sauk Centre, Minn., area, the couple farmed their entire married lives in Plymouth County. Celeste died on Oct. 27, 1966.
On Nov. 16, 1968, Richard married Mildred (Sitzmann) Gengler at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Remsen. They made their home in Le Mars, where Dick was employed with H.R. Pew, which later changed hands and became Bernie Klein, Inc., until 1981. He then worked as a salesman for Walnut Grove Feeds until retiring. Dick was also in charge of the Plymouth County Fairgrounds storage rentals for more than 20 years, which eventually led to his induction into the Plymouth County Fair "Hall of Fame".
He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, a 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Trinity Council 1466, and The American Legion, Wasmer Post 241.
Dick and Mildred enjoyed camping, fishing and gambling. Dick also enjoyed catching up on the latest news at coffee each morning with his coffee group and playing cards with his friends.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred of Le Mars; four sons, Jim Hoss and his wife Rosanne of rural Merrill, Dennis Hoss and his wife, Donna of Yankton, S.D., Charlie Hoss and his wife, Barb of Swisher, and Tom Hoss and his wife, Kathy of Le Mars; a daughter, Sandy Schnepf and her husband, Loren of Oyens; six step-children, Larry Gengler and his wife, Sue of Merrill, Peggy Wendschlag and her husband, Dwight of Kalispell, Mont., Bill Gengler and his wife, Irene, Garry Gengler and his wife, Kate, and LuAnn Kommes and her husband, Whitey, all of Le Mars, and Arlene Tobin and her husband, Jeff of Baraboo, Wis.; 15 grandchildren; 14 step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; a brother, Don Hoss and his wife Freda of Le Mars; a sister Lorraine Ruden and her husband, Ray of Struble; and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Celeste; and a sister, Marjorie Ruden.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars with the Rev. James Tigges officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Remsen, with military honors provided by Wasmer Post 241 of the American Legion.
Visitation will be at St. Joseph's Church after 2 p.m. today (Monday), where there will be a rosary at 4 p.m., a Scriptural wake service at 7 p.m., and a Knights of Columbus rosary at 8 p.m. Visitation will also be for one hour before the funeral on Tuesday at the church. The Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars is in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be six grandsons, Marc Hoss, Andy Hoss, Tim Hoss, Chad Pickner, Matt Schnepf, and Jeff Gengler.
Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association or Floyd Valley Hospital in his memory.