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James A. Hoobler

November 6, 2019
Emmetsburg News

Memorial service for James A. Hoobler of Emmetsburg was Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg.

Inurnment was in Evergreen Cemetery, Emmetsburg. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

James Arnold Hoobler departed our earth peacefully on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at the age of 84 years.

James was born to Glenn and Clara (Clausen) Hoobler on Nov. 16, 1934 in Emmetsburg. Growing up he thrived in the outdoors, enjoying swimming, hunting, fishing and trapping with his father. He was an avid tennis player, a recreational sport he enjoyed well into adulthood. He also spent many hours helping his mother run the Railway Express office in Emmetsburg. He completed his primary education in Emmetsburg and also attended two years of community college.

In January of 1955 Jim joined the U.S. Navy, serving until his honorable discharge in January of 1963. During his time in the Navy Jim served as a sonar operator on the submarine USS Trutta. At the time of his discharge he was serving on the destroyer USS Blandy. He spoke of seeing a number of ports in Europe and along the Eastern shore of Canada during his tour of duty.

Following his enlistment Jim completed Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education. He taught at PEET Junior High in Cedar Falls from 1964-1967. He joined the professional staff at the University of Northern Iowa in 1967 as an assistant professor in Educational Psychology and Foundations and continued to serve there until 1983. He was always proud of his affiliation with the college and was a strong supporter of the organization throughout his life.

Jim was an active member of the National Education Association and was recognized by the State of Iowa Professional Teaching Practices Commission in June of 1982.

In 1982 Jim was united in marriage to Sharon Hermansen Mileham. He quickly adapted to the instant family of young adults and teenagers.

In 1983 he left UNI and joined Iowa Lakes Community College. His position involved a great deal of grant writing, curriculum development and advising. He retired from ILCC in 1995. He maintained many long term friendships from his tenure there.

In retirement, Jim and Sharon enjoyed wintering in Arizona from 1996 to 2012. Jim enjoyed his "buddies" at the rec center, swimming and working out on a daily basis. Back in Iowa he was an avid gardener during the summer months, frequently gifting ample produce to his friends. He was meticulous in the care of his lawn and home. He was a craftsman and maintained a well stocked woodworking shop.

In his later years Jim enjoyed morning coffee with the guys, checking on the lake, the biofuel plant, the comings and goings of ILCC, and of course, his sweetheart's resting place on a daily basis. He frequently enjoyed his noon meals at Kirby's.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife Sharon and his parents.

Left to cherish and honor Jim's memory are his children, Laurie (Edwin) Siddall of Newton, Steven Mileham of Fort Dodge, James (Dannette) Mileham of Altoona, and Thomas (Linda) Mileham of Des Moines; grandchildren Matthew Siddall, Mark Siddall (Catherine Erikson), Katherine Siddall, Daniel (Jackie) Siddall, Laura Siddall Probasco (Jesse), Jenny Mileham Gernhart (Bob), Michael Mileham, Jon Mileham and Mallory Mileham; great grandchildren Madelyn Davis, Aric Davis, Jakez Siddall, Jazlynn Siddall and Liv Siddall; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Mike and Pam Hermansen of Emmetsburg, Noreen Hermansen of Cedar Falls; sister Marlys McCoy of Rochester, MN; nephew Paul (Sheri) McCoy of New Hope/Minneapolis; nieces Terry McCoy Preston (Paul) of Spring Valley, MN, Linn Kezer of Vero Beach, FL and Janet (Jerome) Taubel of Rochester, MN.

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