Hubert 'Hoop' Burgart

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Hubert "Hoop" Burgart, age 94, of Ionia, IA died Monday August 16, 2010 at his home with his family gathered around him. Arrangements are with Ionia Funeral Home. Hoop Burgart was born on August 3, 1916 to Frank and Bertha (Testroet) Burgart on the family farm near New Hampton. Hoop attended school in Ionia, Clarksville, and Shell Rock. He was employed at various jobs in the area. On January 16, 1939 Hoop was united in marriage to Frances Meyers at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Ionia. That year he purchased the DX Station in Ionia which he operated until 1947. Hoop then partnered with Al Forkenbrock to purchase the hardware store in Ionia. It later became Burgart Hardware. Hoop operated the hardware store until his retirement in 1981. He enjoyed softball, bowling, playing cards, fishing, dancing, gardening, and especially spending time with his family. Hoop was also an accomplished fiddle player. He served as Ionia mayor, fire chief, and was very active in his community. Hoop was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, and the Charles City Moose Lodge. Hoop is survived by his children, Barbara Havlik of New Hampton, Joan (John) Hill of Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, Mary Hoeft of Charles City, Iowa, Richard (Suzanne) Burgart of Litchfield, Minnesota, Elaine (Tom) Keating of Cedar Falls, Iowa, Tom (Dorann) Burgart of New Hampton, Dan (Jennifer) Burgart of Lawrenceville, Georgia; 23 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; one sister, Sally Gehrke of Charles City, IA; and special friend, Ella Mae Dvorak of Ionia. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Frances in 1995; two sons-in-law, Jim Havlik, and David Hoeft; three granddaughters, Cathy Gebel, Diane Arens, and Laura Rawlings; two brothers Cletus, and Joe Burgart; and one sister, Leona Hardin. Memorials: Memorials may be directed to the family. Cemetery: Burial will be at St. Boniface Cemetery in Ionia with Hoops grandchildren serving as active casket bearers. Honorary casket bearers will be Mose Finnegan, Lloyd Robbins, Bill Duncan, Bill Siglin, Gary Wegner, Bill Zwanziger, Arnie Boge, Louie Link, Timmy Burgart, Jerry Meyers, and his morning card playing group. Visitation: Visitation will be 3:00-8:00pm on Thursday August 19, 2010, with a scriptural wake service at 7:30pm at Ionia Funeral Home in Ionia, Iowa. Visitation will continue at the funeral home one hour prior to the service on Friday. Service: Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00am on Friday August 20, 2010 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Ionia, Iowa with Fr. Mark Osterhaus celebrating.

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  1. So sorry to hear of the passing of “Hoop”. It is never easy to lose a loved one. Keep all of the memories you have of him close to your heart. They will help ease the pain and bring you some laughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.

  2. So sorry to hear of the passing of “Hoop”. It is never easy to lose a loved one. Keep all of the memories you have of him close to your heart. They will help ease the pain and bring you some laughter. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time.

  3. To all of Hoop’s family,

    I will always remember my last visit with your dad/grandpa. Although he never wanted to take any credit for it, he was so instrumental in many of our lives growing up in Ionia. His passion for fast-pitch softball affected so many of us in a very positive way. My last visit with him was just a few weeks ago. We had quite a few laughs. He was successful in every thing that he did.
    He will be greatly missed. I am so proud to have known him! God bless you all!

  4. To the entire family of Hoop Burgart. I am so very sorry for your loss. Hoop was the GEM of Ionia & will be sadly missed. We had such a nice visit awhile back & it makes me smile about his little baseball joke he told us. You are all in our thought & prayers.

  5. Tom, Dorann, and Angela – We are deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of Hoop. He will always be in our hearts and memories. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  6. Tom, Dorann, And Angela, so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Dean & Judy Speicher

  7. I am very sorry to learn of your dad’s passing. Although nothing can ease the pain you are feeling, you were there for him and with him through the end. I know that was not lost on him and it gave him comfort. I know that your memories will bring happiness to all your family as “Hope” was a very special man and dad.

  8. Papa Hoop was a great man! He will be greatly missed ~ I didn’t know him that well, but my Grandpa Art spoke very highly of him. Jill, Jeramy, Landri & Family – you are in our prayers.

    Deepest Sympathies,
    Mike, Cara & Levi Rice

  9. To all of the Burgart Family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Hoop’s passing. I was so glad to be able to visit with him a few weeks ago. He lived such a long and fulfilling life! He was blessed with a wonderful wife & a loving family! That everyone could be so lucky! My thoughts and prayers are with you all right now!

  10. We are so sorry to hear of Hoop’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this very difficult time.

  11. We lived next door to Francis and Hoop for many years, they were delightful nieghbors, We enjoyed spending hours at their house, which was always open to family and friends. Their kindness to our family was greatly appreciated. We were able to visit with Hoop a short time ago and he still had his sense of humor. You have so many wonderful memories of your Dad, he had a zest for life, and enjoyed it to the fullest. May God bless all of you and help you through this very difficult time.l

  12. We were so sorry to hear that “Hoop” had passed away. He was a very special person and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.

  13. Hoop was a very special man. In visiting with him over the years, we never left each other without a smile on our faces. One memory that stands out is watching Angela bowl against her grandfather and the joy they both shared. My sympathy to the entire family. The memories will always remain in your hearts of the great personality that he was. My sincere sympathy, Mary Buckendahl

  14. Just wanted you to know that we are thinking of you during this difficult time. We love you and will continue to keep you and your entire family in our thoughts daily.

  15. Mary,
    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I always will remember your dad. He was like the Godfather of Ionia. He looks just like I remember him. He was always willing to talk with your friends with that calm demeanor that he had.
    Take care,

  16. Our sympathy to Hoop’s family – from Linda Schmickle and mom Anna Zeien. Mom was just reminiscing the other day about some of the furnace, plumbing, and other jobs Hoop had done for them. They had been friends for many, many years. I guess what I remember most from when I was younger is that I didn’t know anybody else called “Hoop”. 🙂

  17. To Hoop’s family, we are sorry for your loss. He was an Ionia legend & will be missed. You are in our thought & prayers.

  18. Was so sorry to hear of Hoop’s passing. I got to visit with him in June and he was the same Hoop I remembered as a kid coming to your house. He will be missed by everyone. Just keep all the good memories you have of your dad in your hearts forever.

  19. dorann and family, our thoughts are with your families at this difficult time. it is always so hard to part with those we love so much. we will keep you in our thoughts as you face the days ahead.

  20. My throughts and prayers go out to all of the Burgart family, Hoop meant much to all of us growing up in Ionia, he always remembers all who mored away

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Burgart family. Hoop touched all of us that grew up in Ionia and was truly a leader to us all. He always had time for us and remembers us always. He wias Ionia and will be remembered always.

  21. wish i could be there with all of you, and thankful that we made the trip a month ago to see great grandpa all my love see you soon missy

  22. Mary and family, We just want you to know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers. God blessyou.

  23. Sorry to hear about Hoop passing away. we didn’t get to know him real well. He immediately impressed us as being an easy going, positive, fun loving type of person. You could tell he liked being around people. Different people we met a few different times from the area always described him as a “character”. Being remembered as a character is a very good way to be remembered. Our sympathy is extended to the sons and daughters and Sally.

  24. To the Hoop Burgart Family,
    May our loving Lord surround you with His love and comfort during the days ahead. Losing a parent leaves a void in our lives; use the memories to spread comfort now and his legacy for his decedents. God bless, Orlin and Jan Rasing Herfindal

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