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Arnold Joy Hoganson, the son of Henry and Marie A. (Anderson) Hoganson, was born December 5, 1912, in Gruver, Iowa. He died Friday, May 4, 2007, at Avera Holy Family Health in Estherville, Iowa, at the age of 94 years, four months and 30 days.

He graduated from Gruver High School.

On February 22, 1938, Arnold was united in marriage to Evelyn Christensen at the church parsonage in Wallingford. After their marriage, the couple made their home south of Gruver on a farm. Arnold and Evelyn lived on that same farm for sixty-nine years where they farmed and raised their family. He also worked for the ASCS office measuring farm ground. Arnold always enjoyed doing carpentry work and even after his retirement from active farming, he continued doing carpentry work until 1985. He built many homes for people in the area. One of Arnold's greatest pleasures in life was spending time visiting with family and friends.

Arnold was a very active member of Immanuel Lutheran Evangelical Lutheran Church south of Gruver, where he was a member for ninety-three years. He taught Sunday school and was a member of the church council for many years. Arnold helped in the construction of the buildings at the Ingham Lake Bible Camp.

Left to cherish Arnold's memory are his wife of 69 years, Evelyn of rural Gruver; his children, Donna Larson and her husband, Warren of Ottertail, Minnesota; Dale Hoganson and his wife, Diane of Apple Valley, Minnesota; Beverly Hartz and her husband, Dennis of Sioux City, Iowa; Janice Birkland and her husband, John of Ringsted, Iowa; nine grandchildren, Dan Larson, Jackie and Art Ostman, Mike, Jeff and Jenn Hoganson, Carmen and Justin Englert, Steve Birkland, Brian and Ellen Birkland, Aaron and Katie Birkland; eight great-grandchildren, Taylor and Kristi Larson, Arthur and Victoria Ostman, Brianna Birkland, Hope Englert, Kayley and Jack Birkland; and many nieces and nephews.

Family members preceding Arnold in death were two grandchildren, Vicki and Kristi Larson; Staci Birkland, wife of Steve; his parents; and two brothers, Hogan and Carol.

Pastor Harold Heinzig - Officiating

It Is Well With My Soul
Piano and Organ Duet
Finally Home - Ellen Birkland
How Great Thou Art - Piano and Organ Duet
Now Thank We All Our God
#534 Congregational Hymn
Carmen Englert and Glenn Henriksen, Organist/Pianist

Lloyd Birkland - Harold Smith
Herman Andresen - Merrill Sunde
Albert Berven - Dick Hanson
Lowell Christensen - Max Pelzer
James L. McGregor - Harold Howard

Dan Larson - Mike Hoganson
Jeff Hoganson - Steve Birkland
Brian Birkland - Aaron Birkland

East Side Cemetery


I am home in heaven, dear ones;
Oh, so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.

All the pain and grief is over,
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
Safely home in heaven at last.

There is work still waiting for you,
So you must not idly stand;
Do it now, while life remaineth
You shall rest in God's own land.

When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you Home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come!

Arnolds family wishes to thank you for your kindness expressed through your prayers, condolences, phone calls, cards, deeds and for your presence at his visitation and funeral service. His family cordially invites you to join them in the Fellowship Hall of the church immediately following the committal service.

Funeral Home
Henry-Olson Funeral Home and Crematory
401 N. 7th Street Estherville, IA 51334
Tel. (712) 362-2646
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