Leif O. Hoel. 89, went to be with his Lord on March 21, 2018 at North Shore Nursing Home. Born of Norwegian Immigrants in Laramie, Wyoming, he was proud of his first generation status in the U.S. After graduating high school in Laramie, Leif enlisted in the Navy in 1946 serving two years in the Pacific seas as a Radio Operator and repairman. After returning to Laramie, Leif met his future wife, Mary. They recently celebrated their 67th anniversary.
They raised five children in Laramie while Leif worked as a postal worker, ranch hand, upholster, and then as a machinist at the University of Wyoming, retiring in 1989. Leif and Mary moved to Loveland, Colorado in 1994. He enjoyed square dancing, travel, camping, fishing, golfing and playing pinochle. He also became an accomplished wood carver and in 2002 starting painting landscapes. He was a member of Mount Olive Lutheran church and Loveland Lions club.
Leif is survived by his wife Mary, children Barbara (Dean), Larry (Dee), Stephen (Stephanie), Richard (Sue), and Charlotte (Chris). He is also survived by five grand-children, eight great-grand-children, one step granddaughter and one step great-grand-daughter, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, mother and two sisters.
The family wishes to thank North Shore Rehab and Nursing facility and Halcyon Care providers for the compassionate care given to Leif over the past year.
In lieu of flowers any donations may be made to Loveland Lions Club for Kids Eyesight, Mount Olive Lutheran Church or the Parkinson’s Association.
Services will be at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Loveland on Monday, March 26, 2018. Viewing will be at 9 am followed by service at 10 am. A light luncheon will be served following the services. Interment will be in Green Hill Cemetery in Laramie, Wyoming on the same day, Monday March 26, at 3:30 pm.