Donald C. Hoehn, 90

Donald C. Hoehn, a resident of Mesa, Ariz., formerly of Minnesota, passed away May 10, 2012, at Enrose Estates Care Home in Mesa, Ariz.

Funeral services were held May 17 at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls, with Dr. Ron Brewer officiating. Burial was in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery north of Little Falls.

Don was born on May 29, 1921, in Princeton, to the late Frederick and Erma (Steeves) Hoehn. He grew up and attended school in Prince-

ton, where he graduated from Princeton High School. Don was united in marriage to Helen Bockoven, Sept. 6, 1952, in Iowa. He enlisted into the Minnesota National Guard in 1939 and was later called to active duty by the U.S. Army Air Corps. in 1941. Don served as a tail gunner on B-24 bomber airplanes in the Pacific Theater, flying over 40 missions. He was awarded The Distinguished Flying Cross and three Bronze Stars. Don was honorably discharged, July 12, 1945. Upon his honorable discharge he returned to Princeton, where he worked on a game farm. In 1947, he moved to Alaska were he helped build airfields as an engineer technician. He later returned back to Princeton, where he was employed as an engineering aide for the state of Minnesota. Don was employed by the state of Minnesota until 1960 when he relocated to Silver Bay, to work as a land surveyor. In 1962, he moved to Safford, Ariz., and was employed by the Federal Highway Administration as a civil engineer from which he retired on May 30, 1981. Don and Helen lived in Safford, Ariz. for 40 years enjoying the desert and searching for Indian artifacts. In his free time, Don was an avid fisherman and hunted across eastern Arizona. He had a very kind and gentle spirit about him. His wonderful sense of humor was a joy to be around and he was often known by his family as “Fritz.” Don was a member of The Church of Christ in Safford and was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), American Legion in Safford and DAV  Disabled American Veterans (DAV). For the last three years of his life, Don lived in Mesa, near his niece Kathie Brewer who helped with his care.

Don is survived by his brother, Dalton (Lori) Hoehn of Zimmerman; sisters, Ruth Teboe of Princeton and Norene Martin of Del Ray Beach, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.

Don was preceded in death by his wife o 50 years, Helen; mother, Erma Hoehn; father, Fred Hoehn and stepmother, Esther Hoehn; brothers, Russell Hoehn and Joseph Hoehn; and sisters, Ethel Shaw, Mildred Paulaha, Louise Ossell and Mary Ann Hoehn.

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