Clarence F. Hoesing, age 90, of Hartington, NE, died March 19, 2016 at the Golden Living Center in Hartington.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 9:30 AM, Saturday, April 2, 2016, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington, with Reverend Jeffery Loseke officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery in Hartington with military honors provided by the Hartington VFW. Visitation is from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Friday, April 1, 2016, at the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington with a Vigil Service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue, at church, one hour prior to services.
Pallbearers are grandsons Brian Hoesing, Jay Hoesing, Justin Hoebelheinrich, Adam Hoebelheinrich, Matthew Kathol, Caleb Hoesing, and Brent Hoesing.
Honorary pallbearers are granddaughters Carrie Whiting, Gina Torpin, Sarah Kathol, Haley Tunink, Whitney Hobbs, Nora Hoesing, Sadie Hoesing, Lydia Hoesing, Megan Hoesing, Kayla Hoesing, and Carmen Bradley, grandsons Everett Hoesing and Ian Hoesing, and friends Gerry Stevens, Al Hoesing and Jim Anderson.
Clarence was born August 1, 1925 to Frederick and Elizabeth Hoesing and attended school in Menominee, NE, Yankton High, and Holy Trinity School in Hartington. After graduation in 1944, he enlisted in the army and served in the Philippines and Tokyo, Japan. He also was a Golden Glove boxer during this time.
After WWII, he brought silk from Japan for Lenore Goeden's wedding dress and married her on June 11, 1947. He built their first home along the highway, next to Felber Park and pool: ideal for them and their seven children: Neal, Mark, Chad, Jane, twins Lori and Kent, and Eric.
Clarence began his career building barns and houses with his brother Emery as Hoesing Brothers' Construction Company. The two of them also farmed and raised horses and cattle. Clarence eventually formed RaDec Construction Company in 1964 with Jay Walz, Emmett Fluent, Arnold Nipp, Tony Dendinger, and Stu Nelson, as well as close business associate Louie Herbolsheimer. They expanded into erecting hospitals, plants, schools, and churches within a three state region.
Active in the Hartington Country Club (a founding member), Holy Trinity Parish, City Council, Knights of Columbus, and a long time board member and benefactor of the Hartington Public Library, in 1987 Clarence received the Outstanding Community Service Award from the Hartington Chamber of Commerce. He received the 1978 Wildlife Habitat Award from the Sioux City Chamber of Commerce. In 1987, he was president of the Nebraska Building Chapter of the Association of General Contractors and in 2000, received the Past President's Award from the AGC.
Clarence and Lenore loved to travel across the United States, but their favorite home-away-from-home was in Ontario, Canada. Clarence added onto the original log cabin, then rebuilt around the upper cabin before tearing it down from the inside out. The family all learned to fish and ski and scare off bears there, as did dozens of friends and relatives. Snow skiing was also a favorite sport, as many children and grandchildren can attest to taking on the black slopes with him. He treasured visiting with his siblings, eating pie, and playing bridge with his life-long friends.
Retirement did not stop Clarence. He built a log cabin at the farm and then after tearing down two old houses in town, he built a new house for him and Lenore. He also spent many hours making repairs at Holy Trinity Church, running Monowi Manufacturing and maintaining Broadway Holdings buildings.
Clarence is survived by children Neal (Omaha), daughter-in-law Gloria (O'Neill), Chad and Lisa (Santa Cruz, CA), Jane and Stan Kathol (Elkhorn), Lori and Dennis Hoebelheinrich (Menominee), Kent and Kim (Hickman) and Eric and Beth (Lincoln). He has eleven granddaughters, nine grandsons and 17 great-grandchildren.
Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lenore; brothers Robert, Francis, Hilary, and Emery Hoesing, sister Dorothy; son Mark; daughter-in-law Mary; and grandson Ryan. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hartington Public Library.
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I'm so saddened to hear of Clarence's passing! He was a joy to care for & get to know. He always made my shifts interesting. When we had free time he was always giving me advice on how to build my dream house :) He will be missed.
Heather (Eskens) Underwood
Clarence will long be remembered as a great neighbor and friend of ours and our family. Our prayers and thoughts are with his family.
Donovan and Clara Sudbeck
May God bless you all during this time of sorrow and know that our prayers are with you, as well. May cherished memories of Clarence reside in your hearts and minds now and always, as they will in ours.
Clark and Dana Hoesing
My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time. May God grant you peace.
My sympathies to family and friends for your loss of Clarence. I grew up in Hartington and I had much respect for him. He was a Scout leader for me and he helped me with a summer job when I was in college. He left a wide and proud legacy which I am sure included his family and friends. Enjoy the good memories.
My sympathies and thoughts and prayers to the family. Clarence had a special place in our hearts as he was Dave's first boss. When we decided to build our own home he was so supportive. He taught my husband so much that even when Dave decided to go on his own he supported him to the end. Heaven got another good carpenter! Rest in peace dear friend.
May you each know the comfort and peace only Jesus can bring. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
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