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George 'Buddy' Hogen

NEW ULM — George “Buddy” Hogen, 85, of New Ulm, died Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at his home. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28 at the United Church of Christ in New Ulm with the Rev. Henry Campbell officiating. Full military honors conducted by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard will follow the service at the church. Burial will be in the New Ulm City Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Schmucker Funeral Service in New Ulm and one hour prior to the service at the church.

George Richard Hogen, the son of George and Ida (Bierbaum) Hogen, was born Aug. 7, 1925, in New Ulm where he attended public schools, graduating from New Ulm High School in 1943. Buddy was united in marriage to Mary “Muggs” Margaret Thorstad May 20, 1950, at the former Congregational Church in New Ulm. Soon after their marriage, Buddy served with the Army National Guard in Alabama. As a young man he played baseball and softball with the Kaiserhoff and New Ulm Greenhouse teams. He also enjoyed playing the concertina and piano accordion. Buddy worked for Retzlaff Motors, McCleary Auto Parts, and later was the manager at Minnesota Steel Drum. In 1966, Buddy and Muggs moved the family to a property west of New Ulm in Milford Township where they opened Highland Gardens Floral and Nursery which they operated until 1984.  After retiring, Buddy and Muggs moved to the Brainerd lakes area in 1985, living there for 18 years, before returning to New Ulm in 2002. The family enjoyed numerous trips back to the Brainerd area throughout the next several years, including a family trip in July of this year.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mary Margaret “Muggs;” sons, Scott Hogen and his wife, LaVonne (Moldan), of New Ulm, Gary Hogen, of Leavenworth; daughter, Cynthia Hogen, of Brainerd; six grandchildren, Jody and fiance, Kevin Braulick, Jessica and special friend, Derek Nachreiner, Joshua, Jeremy, Jacob and Jeffrey Hogen, all of New Ulm; sister-in-law, Helen Thorstad, of Lake Crystal; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

In addition to his parents, Buddy was preceded in death by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mary and Alfred Thorstad; sister and brother-in-law, Marion and Leo Reinhart; brothers-in-law, Dick Thorstad and Malland “Vince” Thorstad; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Betty (Thorstad) and Harold Gustafson.

Memorials are preferred to the New Ulm Medical Center Hospice and Palliative Care Program, Oak Hills Living Center, or the donor’s choice.