Ralph W. Hoth

Ralph W. Hoth, 90, of Sumner, died Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at the Hillcrest Home in Sumner.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 1, 2013, St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner, Iowa with Rev. Susan Friedrich officiating.  Interment will follow at St. John Lutheran Cemetery in Sumner.  Friends may call from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, June 30, 2013, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the church on Monday. Memorials may be made to either the Hillcrest Home or St. John Lutheran Church, both in Sumner, or to Iowa Hospice, 626 Commercial St., Waterloo, Iowa 50701.

Ralph W. Hoth, son of Alvin John and Anna Sarah Schumacher Hoth, was born February 6, 1923, in rural Sumner, Iowa. He was baptized by Rev. P.H. Hilligardt, pastor of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, rural Sumner. He was confirmed April 11, 1937, by Rev. C.J. Mardorf at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner.

Ralph was married to Betty Roswag on January 31, 1954, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Mason City, Iowa by Rev. J. Enderson.

He received his education in the rural Bremer County Schools, then worked with his father on the family farm.

After marriage Ralph farmed seven years southwest of Sumner. In March of 1961, he established his farm northwest of Sumner doing general farming. Later, he certified his Poland China swine herd and sold hogs to farmers in northeastern Iowa.

He was lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner where he served on the church council. 

In addition to his wife, Betty of Sumner, he is survived by two sisters, Ruth Weber of Bettendorf, Iowa and Marilyn (Ralph) Gordon of Cheshire, Oregon; one brother, Larry (Marilee) Hoth of Euless, Texas; and several nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Agnes Huebner Hoth; one brother, Lyle Hoth; one brother-in-law, Herbert Weber; and one nephew, Dennis Gordon.


Carol Scott Feller on July 2, 2013 at 8:04 PM said:

Dear Betty, you have my sincere sympathy on passing of Ralph. May all the memories you have bring you comfort. May the Lord hold you close as Ralph continues his spiritual journey.
Dianne Scott Strickler on July 1, 2013 at 10:09 AM said:

I know you will miss him a lot and it was always nice to visit with you both on the occasions at church when I made it to Sumner to visit. May the comfort of the memories and many friends help you at this time.
Jerry and Yvonne Nichols (son of Clair Nichols) on July 1, 2013 at 5:34 AM said:

We would like to express our condolences to the family of Ralph Hoth. Ralph and Betty were our neighbors in the 50's. I worked with Ralph on many occasions as a teen-ager. We also are friends of Ruth Weber. We are sorry we cannot attend the services. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Karen Smith-New Mexico on June 30, 2013 at 7:06 PM said:

Betty was my kindergarten teacher and I have fond memories of those days as well as seeing her and Ralph over the years at church, family and community events. Our thoughts and prayers are with Betty and her family.
Alice Scott on June 30, 2013 at 6:28 PM said:

I want to let Betty know that I am sorry to hear and see of Ralphs passing. I remember Ralph and Betty in church. Ralph always had a smile on his face. I just wanted Betty to know that my thoughts and prayers are with her and the family.

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