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Richard Bennett Hoium was born on December 29, 1928 to Bennett and Ada Hoium in Albert Lea where he attended school before enlisting in the U.S. Military. Richard and Beverly Parks were united in marriage in 1948.
Richard was stationed at the Panama Canal as a Military Police. Richard and Beverly returned to Albert Lea to live in the home he helped build. He was a true craftsman, and was very knowledgeable about carpentry, metal work, plumbing, and electrical. He used this knowledge to build additions, garages, and other buildings, many times with the help of his son. He was always willing to help with his “Mr. Fix-It” attitude for family and friends.
He worked at Wilson Co and retired from Farmstead Foods as the Superintendent of the Maintenance Division. After his retirement, Richard worked for Jim and Dudes Plumbing. Richard was a member of the American Legion, Eagles Club, and First Lutheran Church for many years. Many family trips were enjoyed at the cabin in northern Minnesota, a place that was very special to him. Richard enjoyed watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren with their sporting events. He also liked to go snowmobiling in northern Minnesota and watching the Minnesota Twins and Vikings.
Richard passed away on Tuesday April 17, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Albert Lea. He was 89 years old.
Richard’s Celebration of Life will be held at 11 AM on Friday, April 27, 2018 at the First Lutheran Church, Albert Lea. The Reverend John Holt will officiate. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service. Bonnerup Funeral service is assisting the family.
Richard is survived by his children, Nancy (Vince) Hajek of Glenville, and Craig (Jan) Hoium of Albert Lea; grandchildren, Ryan (Lisa) Hajek, Nathan Hajek, Beth (Derek) Nelson, Michael (Carissa) Hoium, Jeff Hoium; great-grandchildren, Logan Hajek, Ethan Hajek, Emmie Hoium, Brynley Hoium, Lauryn Hajek, Makayla Hajek; cousins, Gene (Lola) Anderson and Margaret Dirr; as well as many other loving relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by Beverly; both parents; sister, Arline (Grant) Hoyne; as well as many extended family members.