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Gaylen W. Hoehne

HACKENSACK — Gaylen William Hoehne, 68, of Hackensack, Minn., went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at St. Cloud Hospital.

Gaylen was born Jan. 24, 1943, in St. Paul to Gaylen and Dorothy (Grant) Hoehne Sr. He spent his growing up years in St. Paul and graduated from North St. Paul High School. He took respiratory therapy training while living in Philadelphia, and during that time he also met and married his wife, Dee. They subsequently moved to Minnesota where he worked at various jobs doing respiratory therapy. In 1990 they moved to Hackensack where he and Dee established a foster care home for adults which became an extension of his own family, and a job in which he invested much time and love. He enjoyed playing cards, taking the residents fishing and out for dinner. Gaylen enjoyed people, and he enjoyed giving, especially if he could remain anonymous. He never hesitated to take a stranger in and was always genuinely generous and caring.  He lived life with a great sense of humor, a lot of laughter, and a happy spirit. Most important to him was time spent with his children, grandchildren, and the “family” that they continually cared for. Gaylen was well-loved and will be greatly missed.

Gaylen is survived by his wife, Dee; children, Bridget, Michael and Becky; five grandchildren, Victoria, Allen, Jeffrey, Jonathan and Katrina; sister, Connie; half-brother, Sam; half-sisters, Debbie, Mary, Judy, Linda; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at 3 p.m. at Calvary Church in Walker with Pastor John Dainsberg officiating. Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m. and continue until time of service. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Hackensack in the spring. The Dennis Funeral Home of Walker assisted the family in making service arrangements.