Frank Hoekstre


January 30, 1937 - September 6, 2013

DALLAS - Frank Delano Hoekstre, 76, of Dallas, passed away at his home on September 6, 2013, surrounded by his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was born in Dallas, Oregon on January 30, 1937. He graduated from Dallas High School in 1955. He then joined the Army and served 3 years at which time he was honorably discharged. Frank married Shirley (Carlile) Hoekstre on January 31, 1959. They were married for 54 years.

Frank worked first at Dole Cannery till he was able to support his family as a full time farmer. He grew strawberries, wheat, oats, and other crops. He then went on to own two farming businesses. Both businesses were straw exporting businesses, where he exported straw to Japan. He was able to sell his businesses and retire in 1994. He loved to collect coins, especially pennies for his grandchildren. He also loved to go fishing and crabbing. But his most joy came from his grandchildren. He attended all their various sports activities, such as jump roping competitions, cheerleading competitions, basketball and soccer games. He was always in the grandstands cheering them on.

Frank is survived by his wife, Shirley, and his daughters Rhonda (Tom) Havercroft, and Barb (Jim) Lewis, and his grandchildren, Heidi (Tony) James, Mandy Havercroft (Scott), TJ Havercroft (Tyleen), Tyler Lewis, Chelsea Lewis. He is also survived by several brothers, a sister, and several brothers and sisters in law. He is preceded in death by his parents Henry and Clara Hoekstre, his brother Don, and his sisters, Verna and Gladys.

Visitation is planned for Wednesday, September 18th from 2-6PM at the Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center. The funeral service will be Thursday, September 19th at 10:30AM at Evangelical Bible Church, followed by burial with military honors at Salt Creek Cemetery. A reception will follow burial at Evangelical Bible Church.

The family of Franklin D. Hoekstre wishes to thank Willamette Valley Hospice and Personal Home Care, for the care they provided Frank in his final days. They also thank the staff at Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center and Pastor Jerry Franz for helping with arrangements. Memorial contributions are suggested to Willamette Valley Hospice, in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center is caring for the family. Online condolences may be left at www.dallastribute.com

Published in StatesmanJournal on Sept. 15, 2013