Richard Hugo "Dick" Hochstein died on Sunday, June 19, at his residence surrounded by his family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 10:30 am at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with Rev. Jeffery Loseke officiating. Burial will be in the St. Michael's Cemetery in Hartington with military honors provided by the Hartington VFW Post 5283 and the Legion Riders. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 3:30 pm to 6:30 PM with a Vigil Service at 6:00 pm at the church. Visitation will begin at 9:30 am on Thursday at the church. The Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington is in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be grandsons Darrell Hochstein, Wes Hochstein, Clayton Dahl, Christian Hammond, Kaleb Preston, Jase Preston, Reagan Hammond, and nephew and fishing buddy, Frank Hochstein.
Dick was born on June 5, 1938 at home in rural Fordyce, Nebraska to Edmund Ludwig and Gertrude Alma (Kathol) Hochstein. He graduated from Holy Trinity High School in Hartington in 1956. He served in the U.S. Army from February 7, 1957 to Nov. 7, 1958. Dick married Karen Dooley on June 7, 1961 in Hartington and they made their home on the farm of his parents. In 1963 they moved to a farm near Constance, Nebraska where he farmed, raised hogs, milked cows, and sold Dekalb Seed. In 1983 they built a new house near Constance. Over the years Dick worked for Christensen Well Co in Hartington, Christensen Family Farms, was a director for Espial Inc for several years and then worked for Northeast Pipe and Panel for his nephew until he retired in 2014. They moved into Hartington in 2011.
Dick was a former member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Constance. He is a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington and the Knights of Columbus. He loved to bowl, golf and fish. He loved being around people and made friends easily. He enjoyed all sports, was a lifelong racing fan, and especially loved watching his grandson, Wes, drive his race cars. His faith in God was most important to him, along with spending time with his beloved family.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Karen of Hartington; 4 children and their spouses, Sherry and Jim Anderson of Rapid City, SD; Bill and Ann Hochstein of Hartington; Carmen and Don Hammond of Brandon, SD; Stefani and Jim Preston of Hoyt, KS; 12 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, 2 sisters, Norma Sparks of Socorro, NM; Deanna "Toots" and Ken Lockman of Crofton, NE and a brother, Gerald and Joan Hochstein of Hartington, numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson, Jordan Hochstein and a sister, Alice Hochstein.
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My greatest condolence to your whole family.
Heaven has gained another awesome angel. I can't put into words the pain that I feel. All I can do is put my heart into gods hands.
I can hardly wait for my turn and hug you in God's paradise. Love and miss you daddy.
To the family of Uncle Dick
Though our words can do little.... we hope our thoughts and prayers will support you at this time and always.
The Zimmerman's (Cory, Wendy, Chase & Jaden)
We are very sorry for your loss.
Rod McCloud & family
So sorry for you loss, God called a great one. In our thoughts and prayers.
Karen and family, I am thinking about you and hoping you are doing ok. You are a strong family and now need to be even stronger. You will have a great guardian angel watching over you! I just bet Dick has something already organized up there! Miss you Karen and think of you so often!!! Take care!!!
My sincere sympathies to to all family and friends for your loss. I enjoyed the video--many great memories for you to cherish.
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