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Lonnie Hoium, 56

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Lonnie Hoium, 56, passed away on the evening of Saturday, February 1, 2014, at the Bethany Care Center in Alexandria.

Lonnie was born on April 13, 1957 in Glenwood to George and Fay (Zarbok) Hoium. He was baptized, confirmed, married and remains a faithful member of St. Johns Lutheran Church of Villard.

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Lonnie graduated from Villard High School in 1975. While in high school, he excelled in basketball and shocked everyone when he took on a role in a school play during his senior year. That remained one of his favorite memories of high school.

He attended Alexandria Technical College where he enrolled in the production agriculture course and then moved on to pursue his passion of a successful, rewarding career dairy and crop farming.

He and Cindy were married in October of 1976 and purchased their farm in 1979. He continued to play basketball for many years. He shared his love of the game by coaching youth basketball, helping referee at youth games and the annual alumni tournament in Osakis.

Lonnie had a lifetime love for dirt track auto racing, which he shared with his sons. Watching them pursue their hobbies and work, whether it be the racing by Brett, fishing or the countless home and yard projects by Derek, or Kyles basketball and career path, Lonnie was very proud.

Another source of comfort and joy to Lonnie was anything that involved improvements or time at their place on Smith Lake. They spent countless hours sitting around the campfire as a family and always felt peace and tranquility when there. Above all these, Lonnie set an example of the importance of faith, family and friends in his life. He had a very kind heart and from the day he met someone, he was quick to claim them as his friend.

Lonnie is survived by his wife of 38 years, Cindy Hoium of Villard; his three sons and greatest joys of his life, Brett and wife, Sam (Mikkelson) Hoium of Villard, Derek Hoium of Cold Spring, Kyle Hoium of Melrose; his parents, George and Fay Hoium of Alexandria; his sister, Melody Faber of Alexandria; nephews and nieces, Cody Faber of Alexandria, Ashlee Faber of St. Cloud, Jenell Faber of Fort Worth, Texas, Michael Velde of Minnetonka; aunts, uncles, cousins; Cindys family and a multitude of friends.

Lonnies ever-faithful, four-legged companion, Maggie, along with "the big guy," Mick, and the grand puppies, will also miss his presence and love.

Lonnies eternal optimism and good nature could not be broken even as he fought a battle that ultimately took him from us. Even through this, he found an opportunity to build new bonds with his many medical providers and caregivers.

Our family will forever be grateful to all of them, as well as the care, support and compassion shown by Dr. Gregory Scherr, Nurse Becky, Amanda and the team at Central Minnesota Neuroscience, along with Patty and everyone with Douglas County Hospice.

Funeral services were Wednesday, February 5 at 11 a.m. at Alexandria Covenant Church in Alexandria, with the Rev. John LeVahn officiating.

Interment is at Lake Leven Cemetery, Villard, with casket bearers Jim Grundman, Chris Faber, Mitch Zarbok, Guy Berg, Curtis Hoium and Chad Gerdes.

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