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Mr. Wesley "Zeke" D. Hogeland I

November 25, 1925October 26, 2015

Wesley D. “Zeke” Hogeland, 89, a longtime educator and coach in Iowa and Minnesota, passed away at Hot Springs, Arkansas, on Monday, October 26, 2015. Wesley Dean Hogeland was born November 25, 1925, in Iowa Falls, Iowa. He was the son of John H. and Leta (Snyder) Hogeland. Wesley graduated from Marshalltown High School in 1944. He served his country honorably in the United States Air Force in 1944-1945. He received his B.S. Degree from Iowa State Teachers College (UNI) in three years while playing guard on the basketball team. He began his teaching/coaching career in 1949 as Decorah High School’s Head Basketball Coach. In 1951 he became Washington, Iowa, Head Basketball Coach with other teaching responsibilities. He was united in marriage to Gretchen Honor Glover of Decorah, Iowa, on June 4, 1952. Three children were born to this union: Wesley, Cindy, and Scott. Zeke received his Master’s Degree from the University of Iowa in 1952. He taught and coached 1955-1962 at Mason City High School and Mason City Junior College. From 1962-1967 he was Professor and Head Basketball Coach at Bemidji State College. In 1967 he then became Professor and Head Basketball Coach at his Alma Mater, University of Northern Iowa. He owned and operated several golf and bowling businesses in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. His main hobby was golf and he taught his whole family his favorite game. His favorite quote was, “I don’t get ulcers, I give them”, mainly referring to coaching! In 1978 he and his wife moved to Hot Springs and lived near their daughter Cindy. His lifetime partner Gretchen passed away June of 1999. He was preceded in death by his two brothers, John and Lyle. Left to cherish his memories are his children; Wesley the II (Vicki), Cindy (Steve) Mackenzie, and Scott (Jill); six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Graveside services with military honors will be Thursday, October 29, 2015, 11:00 AM at Crestview Cemetery, Highway 70, Hot Springs, Arkansas. The online obituary, guestbook, and memorial tribute are available at www.GrossFuneralHome.com. Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation, 1001 Craig Rd, St Louis, Mo 63146.


  • Graveside Service Thursday, October 29, 2015


Mr. Wesley "Zeke" D. Hogeland I

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October 30, 2015

So sorry to hear of Zeke's death. June and I certainly enjoyed knowing your folks back here at UNI. Zeke was a good friend and a good coach. As a fellow teacher at UNI, I had great respect for his love for his athlete's and students.
Only saw him once or twice after he left Cedar Falls. Elmer Kortemeyer, Zeke, and I were the old ones of the HPER faculty. Both wonderful men.
We know you will miss him.
Elton and June Green

October 29, 2015

Sorry to hear of your dad's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Linda Mc Connell

October 29, 2015

Wes, Scott,Cindy:
My sympathy to you and your families on the passing of your father Zeke. I have many fond memories of "Zeke" as he was our Basketball Coach at UNI during the late 1960's. All those game, road trips and practices were times of special bonding between coaches and players. I remember he had a great sense of humor. Again my deepest sympathy to you and your families. Ken "Tree" Huelman

October 28, 2015

Cindy, I just read of your father's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. It's hard to let them go even if it's time. Wynell & Tim Goldman

October 27, 2015

Scott,You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Bob and Leann Vorwald

October 27, 2015

Cindy, Sorry to hear you lost your Dad.Remember him fondly.

Joe Cordt, Marshalltown

October 27, 2015

Cindy, You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this time of the loss of your Dad. May you be comforted by a lifetime of fond memories and love, you all shared. We are here for you when needed. Friends, Ray and Faye Crumpler

Shelley Bunger

October 27, 2015

God bless each of you in the passing of your dear dad and grandpa. We are so thankful we were blessed to have met and got to know "dad". Love you all. Steve and Shelley

Lisa Berg

October 27, 2015

Dear Cindy and all,
I just read of your Dad's passing in tonight's Waterloo Courier. Please know that you are being held in my prayers and I'm wishing you all peace. He will be greatly missed.
With much love,
Lisa Berg

Staff of Gross Funeral Home

October 26, 2015

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.