Obituary: James Hoese

James Arthur (Jim) Hoese, age 86, of Mayer died on May 8, 2013, at the Elim Home in Watertown.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer with Rev. Adam Gless officiating. Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, May 10, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia and Saturday one hour prior to the service at the church. Prayer Service was on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Interment at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Mayer.

James Arthur Hoese was born the son of Otto and Emelia (Schafer) Hoese on March 3, 1927, in Watertown Township of Carver County. He was baptized on April 17, 1927, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer by Rev. F.W. Erthal. James was confirmed in the Lutheran faith on April 6,1941, at Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer by Rev. Elmer Schwandt.

James was united in marriage with Arleen Schilling on October 27, 1948, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Watertown Township by Rev. John Spomer.

James and Arleen were married for 64 years and farmed in Watertown Township, near Mayer. In addition to dairy farming, James did custom silo filling throughout Carver County, and worked at Bongards Creamery. After retiring from full time farming, he continued to help out with farm fieldwork until his health deteriorated. Even then he enjoyed taking his Allis Chalmers D-17 out for a drive on nice days.

For 40 years James held public offices. He was first elected to the Mayer Public School Board in 1957 and served until consolidation with Watertown in 1971. He then served 10 additional years on the Watertown-Mayer School Board, completing his term in 1981. He was also elected to the Watertown Township Board of Supervisors in 1965 and served for 21 years, through 1986. Then Governor Rudy Perpich appointed him to the Minnesota State Board of Education where he served for three and a half years, including a term as its President.

James served as Carver County Commissioner from 1987 to 1996. During his tenure as a commissioner, he served on the Extension Committee and the Carver County Fair Board. He was an original member of Carver County’s Board of Adjustment and Planning, serving on that Board for 20 years, and was a county representative to the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources from 1987 to 1991. He was particularly proud of the role he played in building Carver County’s Justice Center and the work he did to build trust among board members and with those who elected him to serve.

An active, lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church in Mayer, he served as congregation trustee and president. James’ faith in his Savior was a core part of his daily life and sustained him through the past months of his illness. He passed that legacy on to his children and grandchildren.

When not at a meeting or in the fields, James could be found playing cards with friends and family, or fishing with his grandchildren or buddies. His laughter, vitality and ability to enjoy life to the fullest will be sorely missed.

James is preceded in death by his parents Otto and Emelia Hoese; brothers Orvin Hoese, Clifford Hoese and twin brother Rueben Hoese; sisters and brothers-in-law Dorothy and Gilbert Kutzke and Gladys and Roland Mielke; parents-in-law William and Hulda Schilling; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Lenora and George Feltmann, Ruben and Lee Schilling and Lucille Schilling.

James is survived by his loving wife, Arleen; and eight children, 11 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren: children and spouses Daniel of Mayer, Douglas and Susan of Watertown, Joyce and Steven Feltmann of Young America, Jack and Diane of Mayer, Susan of Mayer, Scott and Yvonne of Mayer, Barbara of Victoria, and Rebecca (Becky) and James Vanderlinde of Watertown; grandchildren and their spouses Thomas and Nicole Hoese and children Isabelle, Eleni, Violet and James; Bradley and Niki Jane Hoese; Brian and Sara Hoese and their children Amber, Nolan and Caleb; Nicole and Ryan Scharenberg; Kristin and Jacob Gross and children Ella and Isaac; Rachel and Michael Boyack and daughter Cora, William and Jenna Feltmann and daughters Bella and Brynlee; Eric and Erica Hoese and children Cade and Ryann; Patrick and Marie Hoese; Aaron Vanderlinde and Luke Vanderlinde; close family friend, Allen Eggers; sister and brother-in-law Mae and Stan Topel of Sterling Heights, MI; sister-in-law Lenora Hoese of Watertown; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Serving as casket bearers are James’ grandsons; serving as honorary casket bearers are his granddaughters.

Memorials preferred to donor’s wishes.

Arrangements with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia.

up arrow