Gene L. Hoglund, son of Harry S. and Irene (Christensen) Hoglund, was born December 31, 1929 on the family farm in Hamlin County near Lake Norden, SD. He grew up there and attended school in Lake Norden, graduating from Lake Norden High School in 1947. Gene began farming with his father before serving in the U.S. Marine Corps
from December 12, 1951 to December 1, 1953. Following his discharge he returned to the farm near Lake Norden. He was united in marriage to Helen Johnson on September 18, 1954 at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Lake Norden. Gene enjoyed his children and grandchildren and all of their activities. They continued to farm on the family farm until moving into Lake Norden in 2003. He died on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at the Golden Living Center in Lake Norden at the age of 83 years.
Gene was a lifelong member of the Evangelical Covenant Church and also served on the elevator board for several years. During high school Gene participated in sports and played baseball with the Lake Norden Lakers for several years. He enjoyed golf and hunting waterfowl, pheasants and deer.
He is survived by his wife Helen of Lake Norden; 4 children, Shelley Eggebraaten, Gail Ensberg (Brian), all of Sioux Falls, Rhonda Horsley (Gary) of Tea, SD, Mick Hoglund (Shauna) of Dell Rapids, SD; 12 grandchildren, Nick (Christina) Castillo, Mark Ditmarson, Lydia Osterbuhr, Marci (Jesse) Pearson, Anthony Castillo, Laura (Adam) Chandler, Sara Ensberg, Austin (Adrienne) Horsley, Abby and Nicole Horsley, and Morgan and Ty Hoglund; 6 great grandchildren; three sisters, JoAnn Mattheis (Ken), Janet Johnson (Al), all of Sioux Falls and Shirley Larson (John) of Lake Norden.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters, Ruby Skoglund, Harriet Hoglund in infancy, Carol Warren, and a son-in-law David Eggebraaten.
His funeral service will be 2:00 PM Saturday, October 12, 2013 at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Lake Norden. Visitation will be from 4PM to 7PM Friday at Geise Funeral Chapel in Lake Norden.