Charles G. Hoenke, age 92 of Grafton, ND died Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at the Altru Hospital of Grand Forks, ND.
Charles G. Hoenke was born January 23, 1926 in Grafton, ND the son of the late Alfred and Louise (Horn) Hoenke. He attended rural school near Grafton and graduated from Grafton High School. Following his education he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served in the Sixth Marine Division. Their Division received the Presidential Unit Citation for the Battle on Okinawa which lasted 82 days. Following his discharge in 1946 he returned home and started farming with his father. Charles was united in marriage to Ardella Holt on September 23, 1948 at South Trinity Lutheran Church. The couple made their home on the farm near Grafton. Charles also worked as a mechanic at the International Harvester dealership, Grafton Auto Electric and later Norris Sando. He retired from farming in 1986 and then helped area farmers for several years.
He was a member of the Zion English Lutheran Church where he taught Sunday School for several years. He was a life member of the Grafton VFW Post and served as past commander. He was also a member of the Grafton American Legion Post. He served on the Fertile Township Board for many years.
Charles is survived by his wife, Ardella, Grafton, ND; children: Kevin (Zebbie) Hoenke, Glenda Glanner, Jodean (Bill) Collette, Cheryl Estevis and Carol (Mark) Osowski, all of Grafton, ND; eight grandchildren: Christopher (Jennifer) Hoenke, Jeremy (Laura) Glanner, Carlos (Veronica) Estevis Jr., David (Jaime) Hoenke, Jessie Estevis, Chad (Jackie) Osowski, Erin (Jordan) Loewen and Jennie Langaas; 13 great grandchildren also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Grace Schultz and son-in-law, John Glanner.
Funeral services will be Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Zion English Lutheran Church, Grafton, ND. Visitation will be Saturday from 9:30 until the time of the service. Interment will be at South Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, rural Grafton, ND. Military rites will be provided by the Grafton American Legion Post and the US Marine Corps Funeral Honors.