First Posted: 4/22/2005


CLARENCE W. HOERSTEN, 80, died the morning of April 20, 2005, at his residence.

He was born Sept. 9, 1924, in Ottoville to Joseph and Anna Beining Hoersten, who preceded him in death. On Sept. 8, 1948, he married Rita Tigner, who survives.

Mr. Hoersten retired from farming and Central Soya. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3740, Ottoville. He was a Army veteran of World War II, serving overseas as a corporal. He enjoyed collecting toy tractors, gardening and polka music.

Survivors also include nine children, David (Kathleen) Hoersten of Ottoville, Irene (Ken) Rieman of Bowling Green, Evelyn (Eugene) Klima of Payne, Phillip (Marilyn) Hoersten, Marcille (Edward) Hoehn and Beverly (Randy) Schnipke, all of Ottoville, Ralph (Beth) Hoersten of Delphos, Bryan (Shelley) Hoersten of Fort Jennings and Audrey (David) Kimmet of Ottoville; 28 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Barb Schneider and Julie Hemker, both of Ottoville, and Clarann (Herb) Gerdeman of Delphos.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Craig Hoersten; three sisters, Betty Wegesin, Tillie Herman and Victoria Luersman; five brothers, Hugo, Felix, Vince, Lawrence and Anthony Hoersten; two half brothers, Joe and Edwin Hoersten; and a half sister, Marie Ellerbrock.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. Burial will be in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Ottoville, with military rites by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3740 and American Legion Post 715.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. today at Kolkmeyer-Helmkamp-Orians Funeral Home, Delphos, where a parish wake service will be held at 3 p.m. and a VFW service at 7:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society or the American Red Cross.

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