In Memory of Anthony "Tony" Hoelscher

Anthony "Tony" Hoelscher
Anthony "Tony" Hoelscher
Born: August 26, 1959
Died: March 27, 2020
Age: 60
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Anthony "Tony" Hoelscher
August 26, 1959 - March 27, 2020
From: Odebolt, IA

Anthony “Tony” Hoelscher, age 60, of Odebolt, Iowa, passed away on Friday, March 27, 2020, at his residence of Odebolt, Iowa.

Due to state and federal mandated guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a Private Family Memorial Mass will be held at St. Martin’s Catholic Church of Odebolt, Iowa, with Father Joseph A. Dillinger officiating.  Committal Services will follow in the St. Martin’s Catholic Cemetery of Odebolt, Iowa. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. The Christensen - Van Houten Funeral Home of Odebolt, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online

Tony "Hook" Hoelscher was born on August 26, 1959, to Richard and Donna (Schwabe) Hoelscher, at St. Anthony Hospital of Carroll, Iowa. Tony was baptized and confirmed in his faith at St. Martin’s Catholic Church of Odebolt, Iowa. He received his education and graduated from Odebolt-Arthur High School with the class of 1977.

After graduation, Tony went on to further his education at Iowa Central Community College. He left college to return home to Odebolt and help with the family grocery store, Super Valu.

In 1981, Tony married Keli Spangler and the couple were blessed with a daughter Heidi. The couple later parted ways. Tony worked at, owned, and operated the Odebolt Locker for over 40 years. He is remembered for his delicious pork burgers and excellent service to his community.

Tony treasured his trips to North Carolina to visit his daughter Heidi and her family. He loved spending time with his two grandchildren, Lilli and Bentley, taking family retreats to the Inn at Okoboji, and hanging out with family and friends. In his spare time, Tony liked watching sports, playing darts, cards, pool, and listening to music.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughter Heidi and husband Kevin Petty of Clayton, North Carolina; grandchildren Lilli and Bentley Petty; mother Donna Hoelscher of Odebolt, Iowa; siblings Tom (Carolyn) Hoelscher and Beth (Jason) Wulf  both of Odebolt, Iowa; nieces and nephews: Dallas (Courtney) Hoelscher of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Dayton Hoelscher of Ida Grove, Iowa; Jake (Olivia) Wulf of Solon, IA and Josie and Jed Wulf of Odebolt, Iowa; great nieces Madeline and Kendall Hoelscher of Cedar Falls; special friend Chris Zimbelman of Odebolt, IA; aunts, uncles and a host of friends.

Tony was preceded in death by his father Richard “Dick” Hoelscher; and maternal and paternal grandparents.


Private Family Memorial Mass
St. Martin's Catholic Church


Father Joseph A. Dillinger


St. Martin's Catholic Cemetery


Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 1:32 PM
“I am just so sorry for all of you! God bless!”
- Toni Werner
Friday, April 10, 2020 at 9:08 AM
“We just wanted to say how sorry we are at Tony’s passing. Gerald has some good memories of him as they were growing up in Odebolt. May your family find peace and strength from the Lord during this time.”
- Kathy and Gerald Bauer
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 10:51 AM
“So sorry for your loss!!! Praying for your family at this time!!”
- Shari Bruck
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 9:25 AM
“I have your Family in my prayers ”
- Nick Pierce
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 9:25 AM
“I was saddened to here Tony passed away. Many nice memories growing up in Odebolt ”
- Jim Schwaller
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 9:25 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Tony's family!”
- Bill and Rachel Wallace
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 9:25 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Celebrate Tony's life and memories ”
- Nate & Pam Kitterman
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 9:25 AM
“So very sorry to hear of Hook passing. My heart goes out to his entire family. I know Daryl was waiting at the gate to welcome him home. Buzz & Boon too. God has his hands full with those 4. ”
- Deb Reeves
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 9:25 AM
“To Donna,Tom & Carolyn, Heidi and all the rest of the family I am deeply saddened by the loss of Tony he was such a great guy. Many fond memories growing up with him in the neighborhood. Please know that we are praying for him and for all of you. God bless you all!”
- Leah Fineran
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 9:25 AM
“Beth- we are so sorry for your loss! We are thinking of you and your family at this stressful and sad time. Hugs to you all. ”
- Kari Meyer And Family
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 9:25 AM
“May God wrap his loving arms around all of you at this most difficult time. From St. Martin's Grade School to the present, Tony was a great friend and I will miss him dearly. RIP brother, untill we meet again!”
- Steve Hansen
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 9:25 AM
“So very sorry for your loss, keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you so much for your kindness shown my daughter at this very difficult time.🙏🏼🙏🏼”
- Joyce Curtis
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