Carl Louis Hoodjer was born May 22, 1927, the son of Gerhard John and Lena (Doescher) Hoodjer, in Butler County, Iowa. He was baptized July 17, 1927, at Ebenezer Luther Church in Butler County. Carl received his education from Clarksville High School. He was given the nickname "Cub" by a classmate who couldn't pronounce his name. Carl started farming with his father at a young age, back when the plowing was done with horses.
Carl was drafted into the United States Army, May of 1946. He became acting Sergeant in charge (also called Flight Marcher) of training the men for eight months at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Carl was later stationed overseas in Okinawa, Japan, where he served with the 301st Fighter Wing. Carl was a heavy equipment operator in road maintenance while in Japan. He was honorably discharged on October 14, 1947.
Carl was united in marriage with Gladys Hinders on January 22, 1949, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Greene, Iowa. Through the years, he had many jobs. He first worked for his brother, Chris, doing tiling. He also hauled milk for four years, worked at John Deere for a short time, delivered gas, farmed, and worked for other farmers. Carl again worked with his brother Chris after Chris started in the excavation business, laying water and sewer lines. Later in life, he hauled lime. His sons Milton and Carl R. took over the excavation business in 1982. He continued working with them full-time until he was 62 and then part-time. He also worked for Butler County Ag Center for 10 years.
Carl was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Clarksville. He joined the Clarksville AMVET Post # 30 in 1970, where he was an active member. He served as Commander for a year, worked the yearly fish fry, and helped at the AMVET beer tent during Pioneer Days. Carl was in charge of the AMVET tent rentals and setting them up for over 20 years. Cub enjoyed fishing, visiting, joking around with and teasing people, and he especially enjoyed his family.
Carl died Monday, December 3, 2012, at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo of natural causes. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Sue Wedeking; four brothers, Lester, Claude, George and Alvin in infancy; three sisters, Frieda Watts, Grace Scheidecker and Marie Brocka.
Carl is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Gladys; eight children all of Clarksville, Milton (Roxann) Hoodjer, Carl R. (Cindy) Hoodjer, Rita Price, Bruce (Cindi) Hoodjer, Gloria Hoodjer, Peggy Hoodjer, Brian Hoodjer, and Sheila Hoodjer; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, Tim Wedeking of Clarksville; one brother, Chris Hoodjer of Clarksville; one sister-in-law, Bernice Hoodjer of Clarksville; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 6, 2012, at St. John Lutheran Church with burial in Lynwood Cemetery, both in Clarksville.
Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday at Redman-Schwartz Funeral Home in Clarksville, (319)278-4245 and will continue for one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.