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Joel Curtis Hofland

June 9, 1950 — January 29, 2022

Hawarden, Iowa

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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Service Schedule

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Visitation with the family present

Thursday, February 3, 2022

5:30 - 7:00pm (Central time)

Hawarden United Methodist Church

803 13th Street, Hawarden, IA 51023

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Prayer Service

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Starts at 7:00pm (Central time)

Hawarden United Methodist Church

803 13th Street, Hawarden, IA 51023

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Funeral Service

Friday, February 4, 2022

Starts at 1:30pm (Central time)

Hawarden United Methodist Church

803 13th Street, Hawarden, IA 51023

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