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Obituary for John Leo Hoelscher

John Leo Hoelscher, 88, of Pocahontas, Arkansas, passed away on Sunday, October 24, 2021, at the Randolph County Nursing Home. Leo was born on Wednesday, July 4, 1933, in Pocahontas, to Joseph Henry and Martha Melissa McCoy Hoelscher.

Leo was a retired farmer and an avid outdoorsman. He was also a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church who enjoyed making rosaries for others.

Leo is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Martha; one infant son, Michael David Hoelscher; four brothers, Paul, James “Jim”, Robert, and William “Bill” Hoelscher; and one sister, Christine Archer.

Leo is survived by his loving wife of sixty-seven years, Dorothy Ann Frankenberger Hoelscher; three sons, Thomas Ray Hoelscher, of North Arkansas, Paul Hoelscher, of Jonesboro, and Peter David (Diane) Hoelscher, of Little Rock; three daughters, Mary (Bob) Hoover, of Indiana, Barbara Ellen (Dale) Melton, of Rogers, and Sue Marie (Greg) Setter, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; five grandchildren, Ardith Johnston, Jonathan Nibert, Andrew Hoelscher, Paul Hoelscher, and Ellen Hoelscher; two great grandchildren, Paul L. Hoelscher, and Wesley Johnston.

Leo’s visitation will be in the chapel of the Hope Gardens Funeral Home, from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. A Rosary will immediately follow, beginning at 7:00 pm. Leo’s funeral mass will begin at 10:00 am, on Thursday, October 28, 2021, at St. Paul Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the St. Paul Cemetery.

Leo had a special place in his heart for children and was a longtime supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital so his family requests that donations be made to them at:

ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105

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