Obituary Milton Hoesel

Milton Leroy Hoesel

March 20, 2016


Milton Leroy Hoesel, 88, of Worland passed away on March 20, 2016 at St. Vincent’s Healthcare in Billings, Montana.

Milton was born on January 1, 1928 on a farm north of Judson, North Dakota, the third of seven children, 5 boys and 2 girls. His parents were Carl and Helen (Kunz) Hoesel. He attended a one-room country school through the eighth grade, he then attended high school in New Salem, North Dakota, followed by Dickinson State College. 

Milt was drafted into the military with infantry training beginning Nov. 18, 1950 in Fort Riley, Kansas, then sent to Japan for Signal Corps Service training at Eta Jima, and then sent to Pusan, Korea in June of 1951. He was assigned to the 13th Signal Company, part of the 1st Cavalry Division in the Korea Conflict where he had “top secret” clearance and earning multiple medals and citations. 

Milt went to work for Amoco Production and thus began a career that lasted until his retirement in 1986.

On Oct. 11, 1953 he married his life’s love, Ann Mueller of Elgin, North Dakota at First Zion Lutheran Church in Elgin, N.D. As part of the growing oil production industry, Milt and his family moved frequently throughout the Rocky Mountains, into Alaska and eventually to Spain. 

Wherever it was, Milt’s home was always with his wife and the three children born to the union. He actively embraced the many small communities where he worked. He served on local boards and committees, always interested in making a positive difference. To that end he helped establish an Elks Lodge in Vernal, Utah and Evanston. He served as Exalted Ruler and District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler of South West Wyoming while in Evanston. He promoted the start-up of the Overthrust Industrial Association of Western Wyoming and Eastern Utah, served on study committee for a new hospital in Evanston, a committee to mitigate infrastructure needs and school impact of energy development. Milt was also a charter member of Grace Lutheran Church in Worland.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Ervin and Harold (wife Shirley), brother-in-laws John Demianew and Darwin VandeVorst.

Survivors include his wife, Ann, children: Susan (Lee) Lockhart; Gary (Susan) Hoesel; and Lori (Greg) Schaefer; brothers Lawrence (Alice) of New Salem, N.D., Wilbert (Mary Ann) of Mandan, N.D.; sisters, LaVerne Demianew and Irene VanderVorst both of Mandan, N.D.; sister-in-law Val Hoesel; seven grandchildren, Judy (Mike) Martinson, Worland, Scott (Crystal) Lockhart, Bakersfield, CA, Anna Lockhart, Denver, Jared (Shannon) Hoesel, Riverton, Renee Hoesel, Denver, Michael Schaefer, Gillette, Kayleigh (Nate) Reardon, Gillette; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 26 at grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Tim Trippel officiating. Public viewing at the church one hour before service.

Burial will follow at Riverview Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in Milton’s honor to the Worland Senior Center or Grace Lutheran Church in care of Bryant Funeral Home, PO Box 524, Worland, WY 82401. Online condolences may be made at or on Bryant Funeral Home Facebook page.