Joseph George Hoesl entered eternal rest May 3, 2015 at age 86 after a long bout with Myleofibrosis: a rare bone marrow cancer. He was born March 19, 1929 in rural North Dakota. Joe was the third of eight children of George Hoesl and Rosella Beauchamp. He was named at the prompting of neighbor Joseph Bodensteiner who pointed out that Joe was born on St. Joseph’s day.
Joe grew up on the Hoesl farm in North Dakota near the Canadian border during the latter part of the Great Depression. The farm originated as a homestead claim by Joe’s grandfather, an early German immigrant and pioneer settler, when North Dakota was still a territory. The Hoesl family subsisted mostly upon what could be raised or grown on the farm which included cattle, chickens, hogs, geese, corn, potatoes and a variety of other garden vegetables. The family income came from the sale of wheat, barley and oat crops.
Since electricity was not run to the Hoesl farm until the mid 1950’s, kerosene lamps were the sole source of artificial lighting. Entertainment came via a battery powered radio, which was recharged periodically through the use of a wind powered charging mechanism mounted on the roof of one of the farm’s buildings.
Joe attended elementary school in a one room schoolhouse and advanced to Walhalla High School, which was seven miles from the farm. During his high school years, he stayed at the home of Albert and Anne Hornung during the winter months because large volumes of snowfall and the infrequency of snowplows made a daily commute nearly impossible. He graduated from the North Dakota State School of Science in 1949 where he studied a refrigeration trade and was a member of the “Refer” refrigeration club.
During May 1949 to September 1950, Joe worked as a refrigeration repairman at Home Appliance Company located in Devils Lake, North Dakota.
In September of 1950, during the Korean War, Joe enlisted in the United States Air Force. He rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant before receiving an honorable discharge in 1954 after completing his 4 year enlistment.
During his enlistment, Joe was stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane, Washington, for two and a half years, and Lockborn Air Force Base in Columbus, Ohio for six months. He was also stationed in French Morocco for a year where his refrigeration training was leveraged to climate control bomb storage warehouses which included atomic bombs. French Morocco was a bomb way station in readiness for Atlantic warfare with Russia and was on heightened alert during the Cold War.
After his stint in the Air Force, Joe traveled to Houston on the advice of one of his Air Force colleagues.
In Houston, he met his future wife, Alice Bonefas, at church choir gathering and they were married on September 29, 1956. Soon afterward, they purchased their first home in southeast Houston.
Joe’s first Houston area job was in refrigeration sales with York Houston, where he was assigned a sales area that spanned much of the Texas Gulf Coast and required a significant amount of travel. In 1959, Joe went to work for Air Temperature Inc., where he was employed over 38 years before retiring.
Joe and Alice raised five children who all reside in the Houston area. Joe’s hobbies included investing, gardening, planting oak trees, playing sports with his children, maintaining his property in Santa Fe, Texas, tinkering in the garage and riding his bicycle around the neighborhood. The Hoesl family attended St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church where Joe volunteered by landscaping and maintaining the parish grounds.
Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Hoesl, his brothers Lawrence, Gerald and Donald and sister Alda. Joe leaves behind five children; Joan Isiminger (husband John), Mark Hoesl (wife Patty), Grace Schamburg (husband Kurt), Paul Hoesl (wife Kim), and Kristi Koncaba (husband Kenny). Eight grandchildren; Ryan Hoesl, Alice Koncaba, Brandon Hoesl, Elizabeth Hoesl, Mariel Isiminger, Cameron Isiminger, Matt Koncaba and Kristen Marinello, his sisters Shirley, Imogene and Elaine, numerous nieces and nephews, as well as many other well-loved relatives and friends.
A Memorial Mass, in celebration of his life, will be held at 11:00am Friday, May 15, 2015, at St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church.