David Allen Hoxsie, 51, of Cherokee, formerly of Le Mars, died Monday, May 16, 2005, at his mother's home in Le Mars following a courageous battle with cancer.
David Allen Hoxsie was born July 18, 1953 in Le Mars, the son of Fred Jr. and DeLores (Hettwer) Hoxsie. He was baptized and confirmed at Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus. He began his education in Marcus, and attended there through junior high school. He transferred to Le Mars and graduated from Le Mars Community High School in 1971. David enlisted in the United States Marines and was inducted on July 12, 1971. He was honorably discharged on July 11, 1975, having attained the rank of Corporal.
David returned to the area and attended Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon, where he studied auto body repair. He lived in various locations throughout the United States before returning to the Le Mars area. In 1983, David received a degree in Rental Management from Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City. He was presently employed with Best Western in Cherokee, a position he has held since 1988.
Survivors include his mother DeLores Hoxsie of Le Mars; two sisters, Janell Folkema of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Jalaine Everhart and her husband, Reggie of Le Mars; three brothers, Jerry and his wife Laurie of Sioux City, Jeff of Fort Meyers, Fla., and Gary of Sioux Falls, S.D.; five nieces, Brianna, Kaley, Denise, Shelly and Stephanie; four great-nieces and nephews; and two special family friends, Shawn Simonsen and Penny Diamond of Cherokee.
He was preceded in death by his father, Fred Jr. on Dec. 30, 2002; a grandfather, Fred Sr.; and grandmothers Clara M. Hoxsie and Sadie Hettwer.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. Military honors will be provided by Wasmer Post #241 of the American Legion in Le Mars. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home and will continue until service time. The family will be present at 12:30 p.m. to greet friends. Following the funeral, David's body will be donated for medical research in order to help others.
Honorary pallbearers will be the management and staff of the Best Western in Cherokee.