James Hoey, 91, Le Mars | Obituaries

LE MARS—James Rexford Hoey, 91, of Le Mars, completed his life’s journey on Friday, Oct. 27, 2023, within the house that he and his spouse Donna had constructed 61 years in the past. His 4 youngsters had the privilege of accompanying him by means of his remaining days.

“Jimmie” was born in Coffeyville, Kansas, on June 25, 1932, the center son of three born to Rymer and Wanona (Bruner) Hoey. For many of his childhood years, his household lived within the close by city of Dearing, the place he, his brothers, and pals discovered journey alongside Onion Creek. Jim walked the railroad or pumped a handcar to get to high school in Coffeyville; he graduated from Coffeyville in 1950. Nonetheless 17, Jim left Kansas (which he ceaselessly known as “God’s nation”) for boot camp in San Diego. He was commissioned first into the Navy and skilled as a hospital corpsman. He then served as a fight medic for the Marines through the Korean Warfare. Due to acts of valor, Jim was awarded a Bronze Star whereas serving in Korea. In 1953 he was honorably discharged after three years of service.

Jim attended Coffeyville Junior Faculty earlier than coming to Westmar Faculty in January of ’55, introducing the Southern Kansas boy to single digit temperatures. It was at Westmar the place Jim met Donna Hess, who would turn out to be the love of his life. Their love story started of their Romantic Literature class when the instructor requested Jim and Donna to share a guide. Jim graduated in 1956 and took his first historical past educating place in Forest Metropolis, whereas Donna taught in Rock Rapids. After one 12 months of letter-writing and occasional long-distance calls, Jim and Donna married within the Salem EUB Church in Pipestone, Minnesota, in June 1957. He then joined Donna on the Rock Rapids educating workers. The 2 lived in Rock Rapids for 3 years, welcomed their first youngster there, after which in 1960 settled into Le Mars, for the rest of their 65 years collectively. 

Whereas in Le Mars, three extra youngsters have been welcomed into the household. Jim taught world cultures and American historical past; he additionally taught driver’s training every summer time (which put funds within the pot for household tenting holidays.)  Mr. Hoey taught with a particular group of males who shared service to their nation and a dedication to educating robust content material; they usually loved adventures outdoors of faculty. Jim retired from educating in 1994, quoting MLK, Jr., on his approach out the door: “Free finally, free finally. Thank God Almighty I’m free finally!” 

In his youthful years, Jim loved golf and tennis with pals. Each summer time Jim deliberate tenting holidays for his household (typically including pals or relations) with locations of historic significance. In later years, he and Donna adopted the whole Lewis and Clark expedition. In retirement, Jim and Donna loved extra journey, usually with the camaraderie of Phil and Jeanne Hoey. 

Jim all the time discovered pleasure in yard work, flower-gardening, rock accumulating, writing and receiving letters, and journaling each evening. He loved fishing with family and friends, from the shoreline or in his jon boat. His singular diversion sport was that of pinochle, which he and Donna performed with their “card membership” for over 4 many years, and with household of their later years. Final 12 months throughout a household sport of pinochle, Jim and his daughter achieved the last word hand of “a thousand aces.”   

Jim had a stellar thoughts for politics, world happenings, cultures and religions; he had deep curiosity in peoples close to and much. What Jim couldn’t expertise first-hand, he skilled by means of books, magazines, and travelogues. He valued and nurtured dialog with anybody of any age or background. 

But, most vital to Jim was his household. For them he was robust, variety, loving, adventurous, and current. He modeled nice duty, dedication, conviction, and a profound religion in Jesus. He all the time put his household’s wants first, dwelling selflessly to the tip. He expressed deep gratitude for 91 years of realizing the love of household and Jesus Christ. 

Celebrating Jim’s place in heaven however barely misplaced with out him are his 4 youngsters:  Danelle (Jim) Bolton, Akron, Gail Forehead, Carson, Julie (Scott) Roy, Le Mars, and Daniel Hoey, Tripp, South Dakota; his 13 grandchildren: Haley Molzen (Caley Waysman), Ashley Molzen, Ryan (Darci) Molzen; Caitlin (Zac) Poynter, Tessa Forehead, Keegan Forehead; Michael Roy, Lara (Doug) Mollett, Austin (Mary) Roy; Simon, Izaak, Elijah, and Tehya Hoey; and 10 great-grandchildren: Norah, Maeve, Thea, and Atlas Waysman; Kai and Tae Molzen; Evan and Elli Molzen; Esther and Coraline Roy. Jim’s surviving brother Phillip and his spouse Jeanne Hoey will miss Jim’s hours-long telephone conversations that ended with “We’ll see you someday.”  

Jim was preceded in demise by his pricey spouse Donna, his mother and father, his brother Rymer Hoey II, and lots of in-laws.  

Funeral companies will probably be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 2, on the United Methodist Church of Le Mars. The Rev. Dr. Michel Lundula and the Rev. Mike Janes will officiate. Burial will comply with at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation with the household current will probably be from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Rexwinkel Funeral Dwelling in Le Mars. Visitation will resume from 9:30 a.m. till service time on Thursday on the church. 

Preparations are with the Rexwinkel Funeral Dwelling in Le Mars. 

Expressions of sympathy could also be prolonged to the household by means of www.rexwinkelfh.com. 


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