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Virgil T. Hoebelheinrich

Friday, January 28, 2011

Virgil T. Hoebelheinrich, 63, of Deerfield Beach, Fla., died surrounded by his family Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011.

Virgil was born May 8, 1947, in Menominee, Neb., the son of Urban and Bernadine (Weibel) Hoebelheinrich. Virgil was raised in the Cedar County, Neb., and Yankton, S.D., areas. He attended high school in Winner, S.D., and graduated from Job Corps in New Jersey for auto body repair in 1967.

Virgil enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1966 and served his country during the Vietnam War. He returned from Vietnam in 1969 and was in the Reserves and Iowa National Guard until his honorable discharge in 1974. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal and the Army Commendation Medal during his service.

Virgil was united in marriage to Linda Owens June 7, 1969. They had four children before the marriage ended. Virgil later married Lori Ver Hoeven in May 1987. The marriage ended in divorce.

Virgil moved to Pompano Beach, Fla., in 1996. He married Diane Podmokly Feb. 14, 2000.

Virgil was an auto body repairman for more than 20 years before health reasons forced him to begin employments in the metal fabrication and welding fields.

While in Le Mars, he coached Little League baseball teams, including his son's, for many years. In his free time he enjoyed watching baseball, football and NASCAR. He participated in bowling and pool leagues. He liked collecting dog and wolf figurines. He read all of Louis L'Amour's books.

His most treasured activities were fishing, horseshoes, and spending time with family and friends.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 162 and served as Sergeant At Arms in Deerfield Beach, Fla.

He is survived by his wife Diane, and four children: Paula (Jason) Cook and their children, Hannah, Cullen, and Aidan of Ponca, Neb; Patrick (Dawn) Hoebelheinrich and their children Brittany, Kaitlyn, Alyssa, and Riayn of Le Mars; Gina (Darwin) VanBeek and their children, Preston, Austin, and Shaelynn of Rock Valley; and Audra (Matt) Grosenheider and their children Chandler, Brandon, and Charli of Le Mars; three step-children: Joseph (Tammy) Podmokly and his children Emma and Markie of Loxahatchee, Fla.; Daniel (Julie) Podmokly and their daughters Tori and Emily of Deerfield Beach Fla., and Shellene (Shawn) Sawyer and their children, Abby, Christian, and Justin of Ft. Jackson, S.C.; three brothers, Merril Hoebelheinrich of Forsyth, Mont., Myron (Carol) Hoebelheinrich of Cody, Wyo., and Gaylon (Cheryl) Hoebelheinrich of Boynton Beach, Fla.; five sisters: Judy Evans of Matthews, N.C., Bonnie (Chuck) King of Deadwood, S.D., Marilyn (Dave) Fiedler of Sioux City, Kathy (Loren) Van Der Vliet of Lead, S.D., and Karen (Jerry) Kolda of Yankton, S.D.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Urban and Bernadine (Weibel) Hoebeiheinrich; a brother, Urban Jr. Hoebelheinrich; a brother-in-law, Robert Goeden; and nephews, David and Michael King and Dustin Hoebelheinrich.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at the Sacred Heart Church in Yankton, S.D. Reception will follow in the auditorium.

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