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Hawarden United Methodist Church
Thursday February 3rd, 2022
5:30pm - 7:00pm

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Joel Curtis Hofland

HAWARDEN, IOWA – Joel Curtis Hofland, 71, of Hawarden, passed away on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at Sanford-USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

   Funeral Service will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, February 4, 2022 at the United Methodist Church in Hawarden with Rev. Barb Joy officiating. Burial will follow at Grace Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be after noon on Thursday, with the family present beginning at 5:30 p.m. and a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. at the church. The Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden is assisting the family. 

   Joel Curtis Hofland was born June 9, 1950 in Orange City, Iowa, the son of Joe Cornelius and Cynthia (Mars) Hofland. He grew up in the Alton/Orange City, Iowa area and the family moved into town in the early 1960’s. Joel graduated from Unity Christian High School in May of 1968.

   He married Rolleen Bennett in May 1969 and to this marriage three children were born, Mark, Brad, and Kristi. The couple later divorced. Joel met Sally Jensen in 1979 and after many years they were married in Las Vegas in April of 1997. Sally passed away in March of 2012. Joel started dating his fiancé Jean Driesen in 2013.

   Joel started his career of working on John Deere tractors at Heldt and Son Implement in Hawarden in 1970. Most recently, he was employed at Barwicks Implement in Akron, Iowa until he retired in 2021.

   Joel loved to bowl and enjoyed his gardens. He loved to visit and never met anyone that was a stranger.

   He is survived by his three children, Mark (Laura) Hofland of LeMars, Iowa, Brad (Sara) Hofland of Hawarden, and Kristi Hofland of LeMars; step-children, Roger (Dawn) Meinerts of Rock Rapids, Iowa, Rodney Meinerts of Junius, South Dakota, Rhonda (Duane) Reineke of Livermore, Iowa, Robyn Ogan of Menno, South Dakota, Julie (Craig) Maloney of Freeman, South Dakota, Jolene Topete of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Jana (Valentin) Topete of Hawarden; and a great number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Joel and Sally raised a special grandson, Tony. Also surviving are his fiancé, Jean Driesen of Hawarden;  siblings, James (Anjean) Hofland of Modesto, California, Greeta (Adrian) Kruid of Sioux Center, Iowa, and Linda Bouwman of Pella, Iowa; and sister-in-law, Elaine Hofland living in Orange City.

   Joel was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sally; sister, Beth; and his brother, Lee.

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Joel was a nice guy. Eldon enjoyed visiting with him at Barwick's, and Joel was a special friend to our dog, Cali. He kept dog biscuits in his tool
box for her, and she would go in the back by herself to play with him. She missed him after Barwick's closed. May treasured memories bring you comfort.

Eldon & Marcene Heeren Mar 15 2022 5:22 PM

I remember going to school with Joel in the 60's. We were the first class to graduate with 4 years from Unity Christian in 1968. I remember seeing Joel a lot in the Orange City bowling alley, but I remember best the hours we spent playing snooker there. I did not see Joel again until 3-4 years ago in the Hawarden bowling alley.(imagine that!) I was subbing & I remember we had a long talk after bowling. I would like to express my sympathy to Mark & Brad & the rest of the family in this difficult time. May God bless you & give you peace.

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Don Post Feb 4 2022 1:33 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Joel Hofland

Cindy Gosch Feb 3 2022 11:14 AM

So sorry to hear of the loss of Joel.Our sympathies go out to the whole family. Especially to his fiance Janine Driesen as she was one of my Mom's ( Mary Wilken) Best Friend. Janine and Mary would have coffee every Friday at Central Cafe and have a good conversation. Joel and Janine were very happy together.Joel will be remembered for his John Deere knowledge. May he rest in peace.

Cindy (Wilken) & Casey Havelaar Feb 2 2022 3:41 PM

My deepest sympathy to the family. Wish I was there to extend my personal sympathy to all of you, but we are in Florida till April!

Marcia Feb 2 2022 8:21 AM

Our sincerest condolences for Joel's family.

Shelly & Allen Moon Feb 1 2022 12:42 PM

So sorry to hear of Joel's passing. My sympathy to you all. We are in Florida and will be unable to join you at his funeral. Prayers for comfort and peace.

Loretta Myers Feb 1 2022 8:29 AM

So sorry for your loss. Joel was a great guy. He will definitely be missed. May he rest in peace.
Dave, Darcy, Cory & Logan

Darcy Jurrens Jan 31 2022 9:39 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Joel Hofland

Dawn & Duane Van Gorp Jan 31 2022 8:00 PM