Edward James Hoffland, 90, passed away Jan. 15, 2014, at his home in Cresco. Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Cresco. Friends called one hour prior to services at the church. Burial was in in Saude Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Edward was born March 26, 1923, in rural Howard County near Saude. He was the son of Martin and Lea (Basteson) Hoffland. He was baptized at the Saude Lutheran Church by Rev. Tyennagle. He was later confirmed in the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Saude by Rev. H. Finstad and was a member there until it closed. He then became a member of the First Lutheran Church in Cresco. Edward was a World War II Veteran of the United States Merchant Marines, which took him to many countries in Europe and Asia. On He was united in marriage to Marguerite Hill of Clear Lake Oct. 20, 1947, by Rev. Samuel Carlson at the Old Lutheran Academy in Canton, S.D. After living a short time in Clear Lake, they moved to a farm near Schley for one year and then moved to a farm north of Saude where they lived for 57 years. From the farm, he moved to the L & L Apartments in Cresco where he has lived for the last eight years. Edward farmed for many years and worked a few various jobs and retired from Mason City Millworks after working there for 20 years.
He is survived by his wife, Marguerite of Cresco; two daughters, Candace (Lester) Erickson of Mabel, Minn. and Jeanine (Dale) Schwade of Lime Springs; six grandchildren: Leif (Joanie) Erickson of Chatfield, Minn., Peter (Jennie) Erickson of Chatfield, Minn., Marcia (Justin) DeVore of Charles City, Thor (Tina) Erickson of Elgin, Minn., Dean (Libby) Schwade of Lime Springs and Leah (Jesse) Underbakke of Bellbrook, Ohio; and 13 great-grandchildren: Autum and Silja Erickson, Brent, Chandler and Davis Erickson, Hannah and Jonah DeVore, Torin and Tayla Erickson, Brooke and Kate Schwade, and Helena and Magnus Underbakke.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Harlan and Marvin.