Elden F. Hobza

Elden F. Hobza

July 12, 1941 – March 31, 2020


Preceded in death by parents, Frank and Helen Hobza.  Survived by wife, Deanna J. “Dee”; daughters, Courtney Smiley (Robert) and Ashley Bunton (Evan); son, David Hobza (Lisa); nine grandchildren: Brittany, Alexa, Noelle, Addyson, Tye, Jace, Dade, Asher and Quinn; and sister, Jane Owen.

Family FUNERAL MASS: Friday, April 3rd, St. John Vianney Catholic Church.  INTERMENT: St. Mary Magdalene Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or H.E.T.R.A.

To view a video of the Funeral Service, click on the link below.


MEMORIAL SERVICES to be announced.







  • Dawn Hoult Posted April 1, 2020 11:31 am

    Dee, just want to say how sorry I am for your loss. Praying for you and your family.

  • Bill Krivohlavek Posted April 2, 2020 8:26 am

    I have fond memories of bowling 🎳 nights. Eldon was a good friend and pal and will miss him. He is in a better place now.

  • Deb Kumpula Posted April 2, 2020 10:20 am

    To the Hobza family, so sorry for your loss, my thought and prayers go out to you all.

  • Kent Sinnett Posted April 2, 2020 12:12 pm

    Dee and Family- Sorry to hear about the loss of Eldon. Have many memories of my Dad and him playing softball together.

  • Lance Nearman Posted April 2, 2020 12:51 pm

    My prayers and thoughts to the family. I knew Eldon for many years and always enjoyed his humor and company. I will miss him.

  • Virginia Smith Posted April 3, 2020 5:56 am

    Hobza family, I am so sorry for your loss. Growing up around the corner, I have so many fond memories of your dad and I’m happy to have known him. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  • Leo and Mary Naujokaitis Posted April 3, 2020 7:31 am

    Out thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • Barbara Wooley Posted April 3, 2020 8:30 am

    So sorry Dee you are in my prayers. Love you.

  • Sally Rehmeier Posted April 3, 2020 8:59 am

    Hobza Family, We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Eldon. We enjoyed getting to know him over the years at the family birthday parties for the kids at Dave and Lisa’s house. Sending you hugs and prayers at this difficult time..
    Sally & Terry Rehmeier and family xo

  • Bill Devitt Posted April 3, 2020 9:40 am

    Sad to see Elden leave us. He was a good friend and a good man. He laughed at all of my jokes -even the few funny ones. May he catch his limit every day.

  • Nancy Brugler Posted April 3, 2020 9:46 am

    Dee, so sorry for your loss! You and your family are in my prayers. All of us in MPS send our condolences.

  • Mary Johnston Posted April 3, 2020 12:15 pm

    I’m thinking of you Dee and will pray for you during these sad days! Love, Mary

  • Scott Owen Posted April 3, 2020 12:43 pm

    My favorite memory of Elden is on the farm. He was always outside in front of the grill playing polka on the radio. His mannerisms and laugh were infectious and one of a kind. He’ll be missed.

  • Scott & Kerry Watson-Strong Posted April 3, 2020 12:50 pm

    Our very deepest condolences to the family.

  • mike kaspar Posted April 3, 2020 1:10 pm

    Sorry to hear of your loss Elden was a great person to have known.

  • Randy Grebenick Posted April 3, 2020 1:23 pm

    The Grebenick family has wonderful memories of Elden & his enthusiasm & love for polka dancing, bowling, fishing & family. He will be missed by all.

  • Jenna Cotton Posted April 3, 2020 2:11 pm

    The Cotton Family is sending big hugs to you all from our corner of Tennessee.

    We may only have known Mr. Elden through stories Courtney has shared with us… But, what we completely understand is how much he loved his family, how much he meant to those who knew him, and that his will of iron was stuff of legend!

    There will be a light on the “M Bridge” crosses from the west into the City of Memphis, which leads directly to the campus of St. Jude’s Research Hospital, burning tonight (and every night) in honor of his memory and legacy.

    May God carry you all through this time of loss. Our hearts and are prayers are with you.

    Jenna Cotton

  • Shelly Uhing Posted April 3, 2020 2:12 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss! Elden was a rare human being in the fact that he never met a stranger and was the best at making people laugh! His sense of humor was second to none! The Millard Days Horseshoe Tournaments will not be the same without him, he is already dearly missed. Thoughts and prayers to all of his family as you navigate through the grief process and how it looks in our current world. We are all better for having known Elden and I am so sorry for your loss! We will miss him at Team meetings, the phone calls just to check in and the firm handshake that never weakened.

  • Chris Pluta Posted April 3, 2020 2:25 pm

    Dee, so so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  • Shelly Uhing Posted April 3, 2020 2:27 pm

    I am so sorry to learn of Elden’s passing!! Thoughts, prayers and sympathy as you navigate through this time of grief. The Millard Days Horseshoe Tournament is not going to be the same without him and it was such a privilege and honor to work with him on the committee for so many years! Elden never met a stranger that is for sure.

  • Sr. Jeanne Ward Posted April 3, 2020 3:34 pm

    Deanna, you and the family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Randy Grebenick Posted April 3, 2020 4:37 pm

    Dee & Family
    The Grebenicks send our deepest sympathy for your loss.

  • RICHARD & JOANNE Posted April 3, 2020 6:21 pm

    Dee & Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers.

  • Andrea Hinrichs Husen Posted April 3, 2020 9:16 pm

    My heart goes out to the Hobza family. So many memories and fun times. Love to all! Andrea

  • Bruce Davis Posted April 4, 2020 11:49 am

    So sad to hear of his passing. I served with Elden in the Navy. Fond memories of our military brotherhood. We were part of a group of five sailors on leave in Japan in 1963. Good memories .
    My sincere condolences to the Hobza family from Williamsburg, Virginia.

  • Kathy & Ivan Rueschhoff Posted April 4, 2020 3:19 pm

    Dee and Family, so sorry to hear of your loss ,our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Todd Nanfito Posted April 4, 2020 4:54 pm

    Elden had office space next door to my Fahter, Jack Nanfito. I used to enjoy sitting in on their conversations when Elden would stop in to see my Dad. He was a wonderful man, and he will be remembered fondly by me.

  • Deacon Harold Sawtelle Posted April 6, 2020 10:07 am

    See, just wanted to let you know how sorry we are for your loss,. Know that you and your family are in our prayers!
    Harold and Jan

  • Diana Bohac Posted April 9, 2020 6:34 am

    My sincere sympathy to you, Dee and your family. Also to. Jane and her family. I hadn’t seen Eldon in a long time, but think back to when we grew up as neighbors. Great times.

  • Paul Dietsch Posted April 9, 2020 11:46 am

    Dee and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Fond memories of Eldon and growing up with all of you. Be safe and well.

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