Harold Henry Hodorff, 86, of Eden, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, at St. Agnes Hospital.
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He was born on Feb. 19, 1925, the son of John and Esther (Dennert) Hodorff.
He married Geraldine "Jo" Rozek on Aug. 20, 1947, at Tabor United Methodist Church in Eden. They farmed together in the town of Osceola until retirement. Jo preceded him in death on Oct. 16, 1995.
Harold married Arlene Grahl Bengel on Oct. 24, 1998. Arlene preceded him in death on May 14, 2011.
He was a life-long member of Tabor United Methodist Church; a Sunday School Teacher; 4-H Woodworking Leader; and Hospice Volunteer.
Harold was recognized for numerous honors, including Fond du Lac County Outstanding Senior Citizen in 1994; and Lion's Club honoree in 1996. In 1989, Harold made a commercial for Dekalb-Pfizer. In the summer of 2011, Harold and the Hodorff family were honored for their ownership of a Century Farm in the state of Wisconsin at the Wisconsin State Fair.
Harold's personal philosophy was to do everything for the glory of God. He was an outstanding Christian example in the community. Harold was known for being a helpful and caring neighbor in the farming community. He thoroughly enjoyed discussing farming with anyone he met.
Harold believed his family was a gift from God, and family was his priority throughout his life. He was "Grandpa Harold" to more than his own grandchildren. Harold and Jo became foster parents to Kim and Karen in 1972.
Harold is survived by his six daughters: Linda (Mike) Schaalma of Oshkosh, Janet (William) Soyk of Eden, Joan Howard of Buford, Ga., Phyllis (Les) Fryman of Rosendale, Karen Fryman of Fond du Lac, and Kim (Dan) Arthurs of Fond du Lac; his three sons: Douglas (Linda) of Eden, Dwight (Jeanne) of Glenbeulah and Jonathan (Wendy) of Taylorsville, Ga.; four stepchildren: Barb (Tim) Kottke of Lamartine, Jeff (Dawn) Bengel of Campbellsport, Melissa Bengel of Kiel and Tess (Jesse) Birschbach of Eden; 21 grandchildren: Rebeka (Nathan) Miller, Aaron Schaalma, Zachary (Mandy) Schaalma, Erica Soyk, Matthew (Ap- ril) Soyk, Corey (Tammy) Hodorff, Kristel (Tim) Guelig, Clint (Erin) Ho- dorff, Alyssa (Humberto) Silva, Jason Fryman (Bryanna Becker), Jodi Fryman (Chris Slager), Benjamin Fryman, Brooke (Quentin) Stenroos, Kyle Arthurs, Eron (Trent) Hulsey, Katie (Daniel) Weathers, Sydney Hodorff, Jason (Melissa) Landrath, Chad Burmeister, Greg (Mindy) Hodorff and Jacob Hodorff; 13 step-grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and his surviving siblings: Mildred Guell, Bernice Miller, John Hodorff and Ruth Burmeister.
Along with his wives, Harold was preceded in death by one grandson: Kirk Hodorff; one great-grandson: Alonso Silva; and his siblings: Lydia Germanotta, Merlin Hodorff, Earl Hodorff and Hubert Hodorff.
In lieu of flowers, Harold's family requests donations be made to the Gideon organization; or the local Salvation Army.
SERVICES: Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 7, at 2 p.m., at Tabor United Methodist Church, N4224 Church Rd., Eden. The Rev. Jim Droste will officiate.
Burial will follow in Ledgeview Memorial Park in Fond du Lac.
VISITATION: Visitation will be held on Friday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the church.
Twohig Funeral Home, Campbellsport, is serving the family, with online guestbook and condolences at www.
Fond du Lac, Wis.
Oct. 6, 2011
Published in Fond du Lac Reporter on October 6, 2011