WAYNE D. HOSHALWayne Donald Hosahl, 86, died Jan. 16, 2014, in Grand Itasca Hospital.
WAYNE D. HOSHAL
Wayne Donald Hoshal, 86, died Jan. 16, 2014, in Grand Itasca Hospital.
Wayne was born April 8, 1927, in Sioux Falls, S.D., the second of eight children of Floyd and Jennie Bly Hoshal. In 1937 the family moved to northern Minnesota settling in Calumet. Wayne loved the surrounding woods and nature and considered the area “God’s country.” Graduating from Greenway High School in 1945, he immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was stationed on Kwajalein Island in the Pacific for the duration of World War II. After the war, Wayne returned to Minnesota and graduated from Itasca Junior College and the University of Minnesota. Awaiting acceptance into the U.S. Diplomatic Courier Service, he worked as a bellhop and doorman at luxury hotels in West Palm Beach, Fla., Camden, Maine, and Lake Placid, N.Y.
In 1953 he received the call to report to Washington, D.C., to begin a 32-year career as a Diplomatic Courier. Posted to Panama City, Panama, Frankfurt, Germany and Manila, Philippines, Wayne traveled to almost every country in the world carrying messages too secret to be transmitted by cable. In 1970 he married the love of his life, Jean Lessner, in Washington, D.C. They were posted to Germany where their two children were born. Wayne retired from the Department of State in 1985 as Chief of the Diplomatic Courier Service and moved the family to Grand Rapids.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Julian (Shirley) Hoshal and Earl (Dorothy) Hoshal; and sister Colleen (Burt) Peters.
Wayne is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jean; daughter Ann Hoshal; son Neil Hoshal; grandchildren Alex and Alyssa Chinn; brothers Dale (Carla) Hoshal and Gary (Robin) Hoshal; sisters Allene (Patrick) Quinn and DonnaMae (Frank) Weis; and numerous nieces and nephews.
If desired, memorials in Wayne’s name may be made to the Second Harvest Central Food Bank.
A celebration of Wayne’s life will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are by Rowe Funeral Home and Crematory, Grand Rapids.
To sign the online guestbook or send condolences, visit www.rowefuneralhomeandcrematory.com.