Joseph Hamre
Joseph Hamre
Joseph Hamre, 85, of Spring Valley, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Joseph Winston Hamre was born Sept. 17, 1927, in Halstad, to Joseph I. and Aileene (Baldwin) Hamre. He graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1945 and served in the Navy from 1945 to 1948. After his discharge he attended St. Olaf College and graduated from Mankato State University. On July 26, 1952, Joe was united in marriage to Corene Owens in Mankato.

Joe taught for 25 years at Magnolia, Northfield and Area Vocational School in Preston. After teaching, he farmed in rural Spring Valley for 11 years. He then moved to Spring Valley and spent winters in Arizona for 22 years.

Joe was a member of the Spring Valley Sportsmen Club, The Mason and Eastern Star, Hanson Raabe VWF Post and the Everett H. Hale American Legion Post. He served on the Bloomfield Insurance Board and was active in the Minnesota LST Association. He enjoyed reading, walking, wood-working, playing cards and his early morning coffee at Tom Fowlers' gas station.

Joe is survived by his wife, Corene of Spring Valley; children, Stephen (Rayna) Hamre of Huntington Beach, Calif., Mary (Bill) Stroeing of Maplewood and Robert (Kathlene) Hamre of Rochester; five grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson and a brother.

Memorial services were held Thursday, Dec. 27, at Cherry Grove United Methodist Church in Cherry Grove, with the Rev. Mark Rader and the Rev. Beth Perez officiating.

Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley was in charge of arrangements. The family asks for memorials in lieu of flowers. Condolences may be left online at