Charlie Hoeft passed into heaven Tuesday, August 21, 2018, in Tucson, Ariz.
A loving husband and father, he was always there supporting his wife and children in all their endeavors. He enjoyed camping and cooking on an open fire, traveling throughout much of the West, helping and celebrating with family and friends and helping with southern Arizona veterans. A farmer all his life, he kept a garden green even in the desert. Charlie had a ready smile and he knew “no strangers”; he treated everyone like family.
Growing up in George Canyon outside of Pilot Rock, Oregon, Charlie was raised a farmer where in his lifetime he raised wheat, barley, alfalfa, cattle, sheep, hogs and chickens (selling eggs), operated a dairy (sold milk, cream and butter) and worked with row crops at the Oregon State University ARS Experiment Station in Hermiston. His final outside work was at Arizona’s Kartchner Caverns, where he was known as “Gramps.”
Charlie was active in the Cattlemen’s, Farm Bureau, 4-H, Scouts, the Umatilla County Fair as volunteer, barn superintendent, board member and manager, and an American Farmer with the FFA Pendleton Chapter.
Charlie served 18 years in the Oregon National Guard in Pendleton from which he was honorably discharged at the rank of 1st Sergeant.
Charlie will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Laquitta (Kit) Gladney Hoeft; children Debra Nordheim (John), Charlotte Portouw (Larry), Mike Hoeft (Karen) and Aaron Hoeft (Jaci); eight grandchildren: Carla Nordheim Thorson (Jonathan), Jeffrey Portouw (Yeenkie), Mindy Nordheim Puller (Sam), Laura Portouw Rowan (Kyle), Cody Nordheim (Ingrid), Logan Hoeft (Crystal), Michaela Nordheim and Connor Hoeft; four great-grandchildren: Charlie Thorson, Andrenna Puller, Garrent Thorson and Tell Puller; and siblings Robert Hoeft, Frank Hoeft (Jeannie), Susan Brown (Jim) and Nancy Hoeft. He is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Doris Hoeft, brother Ron Hoeft and sister Barbara Danials (Dick).
Interment will be at Skyview Memorial Park on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to a veterans’ group of the giver’s choice.