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|Dr. Clarence R. Hosford
June 13, 1921–September 16, 2013
|Dr. Clarence R. Hosford, 92, of Monticello passed away surrounded by his loving family on September 16, 2013. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 Monday, September 23, at First Presbyterian Church, with interment at Oakwood Cemetery with Military Honors. Reverend Al Polito will officiate at the service. Friends may call from 2 until 6 Sunday at Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello.
Surviving are his son Rob (Jan) Hosford, Fargo, ND, daughter Kay (Darryl) Hokanson, Urbana; six children of his recently deceased wife, Jean; Jill Messerli (Dave) of Marion; Jann Baustian (Gordon), Cedar Rapids; Jody Stone (Ted) Cedar Falls; John Hines (Marilyn), Cedar Falls; Julie Kowalenko (Mike), Walkerton, IN; and Jeff Hines (Lorie) Cedar Rapids; grandchildren Gretchen Post (Jim), McKenzie Taylor (John), Abbie Schulstad (Andy), Matt (Jacque), Pete, and Ben (Jess) Messerli; Kelly, Casey, and Kate Baustian; Alex, Catherine, and Andrew Stone; Ali, Johnny, and Eric Hines; and MacKenzie, Tyler and Jacob Hines. Great-grandchildren are Lincoln, Emmett, Ella, Theresa, Caleb, Noah, Annabelle, Eva and Daniel. Other survivors include brother Lyle Hosford, brother-in-laws Duane Freese (Jeanette), sisters-in-law Joyce Gassman, Jan Knapp (Don), and Lois Hines.
Clarence was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia (Sheppard) Hosford; second wife Jean Ann (Hines) Hosford; siblings Gladys Boshear and Kenneth Hosford; daughter-in-law Terry Hosford; son-in-law Mike Kowalenko; and brothers-and sisters-in-law Doloris Hosford, Al Boshear, Rachel Barringar (Robert), Kenneth Sheppard (Joan), George Hines and Paul Gassman.
Clarence was born June 13, 1921 at home on the family farm in Castle Grove Township, just west of Monticello, the son of Sprague and Kathryn (Brown) Hosford. He graduated from Monticello High School, Cornell College, and the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. On August 4, 1942, Clarence married Virginia Sheppard. The couple made their home in Monticello, where they raised two children. Virginia died December 3, 1989. Clarence was blessed to have Jean Hines come into his life and they married on July 1, 1992. Jean preceded him in death on April 10, 2013.
Clarence proudly served his country during World War II, advancing to the rank of Captain in the U. S. Army, then opened his Monticello dental practice in October 1946. He practiced for forty-six years, retiring from general dentistry in 1992. Clarence then became a Supervisory Dentist at Hawkeye Community College Dental Clinic in Waterloo, guiding students until he retired in December 2012. Clarence was a member of the International College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy of Dentists, and a life member of the Iowa Dental Association.
Clarence was active in Rotary for over fifty years and served on the Monticello School Board. A member of First Presbyterian Church in Monticello for over sixty years, Clarence also enjoyed attending services at Sacred Heart Catholic Church since his marriage to Jean. It was very common for the couple to attend services at both churches each Sunday.
Clarence loved spending summers at the lake home near Crosslake, Minnesota, where fond family memories were built over the years. He instilled in his children and grandchildren a love of fishing and boating, and developed a number of them into skilled skiers. Clarence loved entertaining visitors at the lake, and was a genial and hospitable host.
Clarence was a lifelong sports fan. He was a fixture at Iowa Hawkeye football games both at home and on the road, frequently attending bowl games as well. An avid wrestling supporter, Clarence fondly remembered wrestling for Cornell in the late 1930s, recalling stories of exciting road trips to Madison Square Garden and West Point. He attended the Drake Relays for over fifty years with a close group of Monticello friends.
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