Hubert 'Hoop' Burgart
August 3, 1916 ~ August 16, 2010
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.