Aug. 22, 1911-Aug. 4, 2004

PENDLETON - Lifelong area resident and farmer Robert Edwin "Ed" Hoeft, a leader in regional con- servation efforts, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2004 at the home of his daughter in Walla Walla. He was 92.

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10 in the Burns Mortuary Chapel. Interment will follow at Skyview Memorial Park, Pendleton.

Mr. Hoeft was born Aug. 22, 1911 on a ranch near Pilot Rock to Robert and Augusta Oelke Hoeft. He attended Coombs Canyon school through the eighth grade. He started farming with his uncle and then with his father on the homestead ranch in George Canyon.

He married Doris Ellen Straughan on Aug. 22, 1934, in Pendleton. They farmed the homestead, where they raised their seven children.

Mr. Hoeft was involved in many agricultural groups. He was one of the original directors of the Southern Umatilla County Soil Conservation District. He was area director and served on the Oregon Association of Conservation Districts. He was appointed to the Oregon Conservation Commission by the governor and was chosen a Conservation Farmer of the Year. He was one of the originators of the Columbia Plateau Conservation Program and of the Resource Conservation and Development District.

Mr. Hoeft served on the board of directors of the Pendleton Grain Growers, was a director on the Umatilla County Fair board for 11 years and was a member of the Umatilla County Farm Bureau, White Eagle Grange, the Cattlemen's Association and the Oregon Wheat Growers League. He received the Diamond Jubilee Award from Oregon State University for his outstanding work in agriculture. He helped with 4-H, FFA and Boy Scouts while his sons were involved. He was an honorary member of Pendleton FFA and Oregon FFA.

He was baptized as a child into Peace Lutheran Church in Pendleton. In later years he changed his membership to the First Christian Church in Pendleton.

Mr. Hoeft was a founder of Pendleton Community Hospital and served on the board of directors.

Mr. Hoeft is survived by sons Charles and Franklin of Pendleton and Robert of Pilot Rock; daughters Barbara Daniel and Nancy Hoeft of Walla Walla and Susan Brown of Hermiston; sister Roberta Hudson of Portland; 18 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris; son Ronald and daughter-in-law June; grandson Timothy Hoeft; great-granddaughter Natalie Brown; seven brothers; and two sisters.

Arrangements are in care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton.

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