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Dale H. Hostvet

March 22, 1924 November 2, 2008
Dale H. Hostvet
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Dale Hjalmer Hostvet, age 84, of Luck, Wisconsin, died peacefully in the presence of his family November 2, 2008, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire. Dale was born March 22, 1924, in Mobridge, South Dakota, to Hjalmer and Frieda (Ristau) Hostvet. The son of a bridge builder, Dale moved often with his family throughout the Midwest until settling in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. Dale had an entrepreneurial spirit; at a young age he developed and produced a profitable weekly advertising shopper. Dale was very active in high school and graduated class valedictorian. Dale joined the Army during WWII. While he was stationed in Florida, he met Helen Daugherty and they married on December 23, 1944. He served in Germany and western Europe with both the Signal Corps and the Army Air Corps. After returning home, he and Helen attended the University of Minnesota and both graduated with degrees in Journalism. After graduation, Dale worked for various newspapers in Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska before moving to New Richmond, Wisconsin, where he worked as Advertising Manager for Doughboy Industries for many years. After leaving Doughboy, he and Helen formed their own commercial art and office supply business, Dale's Ad Shop. After retirement, he went back to work part-time for Doboy Packaging Machinery, helping to create promotional materials and producing the company newsletter. After raising their children in New Richmond, Dale and Helen built their dream home on Bass Lake in Polk County where they enjoyed the beautiful woods, fields, and lake. Dale was active in the church and community theater, and he loved gardening with Helen, fishing, deer hunting with old friends, bird watching, visiting with the neighbors, camping with his family, photography, back yard cookouts, and visits with his grandchildren. Dale had a zest for life that was infectious. He will be missed sorely by his family, dear neighbors and good friends. Dale is survived by his wife Helen; children, Judy (Joe) Paulson of New Richmond, Janet (Earl) Creps of Berkley, California, Mary (Bob) Arts of Anchorage, Alaska, Marlin (Kay Brathol-) Hostvet of Madison, Laurie (Don) Swanson of Freeport, Illinois, and Lisa Levang of Anchorage, Alaska; sister, Doris Peterson of Grand Rapids, Minnesota; grandchildren, Nate, Elisabeth, Jana, Elisa, Serena, Seth, Karissa, Kendra, Leif and Lindsey; and great-grandchild, Sarina. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hjalmer Hostvet and Frieda Anderson, and his sister, Goldie Brickley. A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, November 6, at 11 a.m. at Bone Lake Lutheran Church, 255th Ave, Luck, Wisconsin, with Pastors Don Swanson and Tom Cook officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church. Reading by Earl Creps, special music by Eunice Early and Tom Moore. Pallbearers are his grandchildren. Interment with military honors will be at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Spooner, WI. Grandson, Seth Hostvet will play taps. Funeral services entrusted to Rowe Funeral Home of Luck, Wisconsin. For information call 715-472-2444.

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