A benefit dinner will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for the family of Neal Hoaglund on Wednesday April 23 at the Boyne City Eagles Hall.
Neal Hoaglund passed away on April 12 after a hard-fought battle with lung cancer.
“Even though Neal has passed away we are still proceeding with the benefit to try and pay for funeral expenses and medical bills,” said Hoaglund’s wife, Laurie Adams. “He had no life or medical insurance so I’m trying to keep the house at this point.”
Hoaglund was preceded in death by his oldest son Jonah, who was killed in a car accident six years ago.
Surviving relatives include his sons Jonah, Isaac, Jacob, Elijah, Lucas and Seth.
Hoaglund is also survived by his grand-children, Madeline Jane, Piper Jo, and then Jameson Jonah.
“Those grand-children were the light of his life, they got him through the last year having cancer,” said Adams.
“He had been going to the Cancer Treatment of America by Chicago, and he could not say enough good things about them too.”
Food, cash raffles, a silent auction and entertainment by Nelson Olstrom will be featured as part of the evening’s events.
Hoaglund was a member of St. Matthew’s Church in Boyne City, and also an avid woodworker.
“Neal really liked being on his computer and being involved with technology,” said Lesa Friedrich, Neal’s Sister-in-Law.
“He was in the construction business with his brother, they owned H & H Trowel Trades.”
Hoaglund was a resident of Boyne City for over 30 years, originally coming from the Detroit area, and moving to Massachusetts before finally putting his roots down in this community.
“Neal had many friends and his family thought a lot of him, his father died young so Neal gave all of his sisters away,” said Adams.
“He will be missed by many people, his children, his grand-children, and his wife, I miss him every day.”