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In Memory of Don Hoglund

Visitation

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wednesday March 10, 2021
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Funeral Service

3:00 pm
Wednesday March 10, 2021
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Don Aldon Hoglund, age 84 of Hudson, formerly of Wisconsin Rapids died peacefully March 5th, 2021 at Comforts Of Home in Hudson. Don was born on November 6, 1936 in Des Moines, Iowa; the son of Thorie and Ethel Hoglund. Being raised in the Twin Cities, he graduated from Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis in 1955. He would further his studies by receiving his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in American Studies. On April 24, 1965, he was united in marriage to Rose Marie Wally at Ascension Catholic Church in Minneapolis. To this union, two children were blessed. The old adage, opposites attract was fitting. While Rose was a natural socialite, Don was more reserved, but enjoyed engaging in intellectual conversations. He worked many years for the Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois in their quality assurance division. He was a gifted journalist who enjoyed research and metrics in creating and offering the best products or solutions for whom he worked. He took great pride in analyzing his subjects. In his early years, he truly enjoyed writing his column for small town newspapers and in his later years writing nonfiction and fiction stories for his HubPages blog. Don especially enjoyed reading westerns and mysteries. Don also enjoyed day trips with his wife. Over the years, they liked to visit town folk festivals for the music, heritage, food, and fun.

Don is survived by his children: Mark (Margaret) Hoglund of Hudson, WI, Elise (Kyle) Kisch of Fridley, MN; grandchildren: Josh, Kara, Una, Seth, Erin Spreiter and Josie Kisch, brother-in-law Jim Vint of New Brighton, sister-in-law Margaret Hoglund of Fridley; several nieces and nephews, many friends and family. Don is preceded in death by his wife Rose, siblings Richard Lyle (Marcella) Hoglund, Rose Marie Vint, and Eugene Wallace Hoglund.

Don’s life will be commemorated by his family with a service at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson. Burial will be in the St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery with his family having the honor of casketbearers Joshua Hoglund, Erin Spreiter, Kara Hoglund, Seth Hoglund and Kyle Kisch. Memorials in Don’s memory may be directed to O’Connell’s at 520 So. 11th Street in Hudson, WI 54016

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    • I shared with Elise about some memories of uncle Don that I had as a very young child. Uncle Don had had a basement bedroom next to or as part of Grandpa Hoglund’s art studio. It was a fascinating place o go with art, photography, sculpture, notes of all sorts. I believe I was told not to touch or move anything when I went down there so I had to be pretty young. That room that Uncle Don was so much a part of ith all it’s content still inspires me today.
      Grandpa’s stuff appeared to be about painting, sculpture, cartoons, and the smell of turpentine. A cool bomber jacket hung on the back of a stool by Grandpa’s drafting table. That and stories told about him by family were the only way I knew Grandpa.
      Don’s area was filled with books, his photographs and camera’s. I was so fascinated and a bit awed by Uncle Don’s interests in writing nd photography and I remember watching him with the collie dog “Ranger”? was it? I thought Uncle Don was pretty cool.
      Later in his life I would think something more important was pretty cool about him: The biggest thing that I think of when I think of Uncle Don and Aunt Rose is that they must of done something really really right that their children loved them so much. Blessing to you all, Theresa