Landon John Douglas Hokeness, treasured son of Troy and Desirée (Brusseau) Hokeness, and beloved brother to Carson and Emerson Hokeness, was born on Thursday, September 20, 2012, at Sanford Medical Center. Landon weighed 4 pounds, 1 ounce and was 17 inches long. He was baptized in Christ soon after birth. A short time later, after struggling with a heart defect, he passed away peacefully in the arms of his loving parents while surrounded by his brother, sister, and other adoring family members. Our angel, Landon, gave us a lifetime of love to cherish during his short time with us.
Landon is survived by his parents, Troy and Desirée, brother, Carson Troy, and sister, Emerson Rose (Sioux Falls, SD); paternal grandparents, John (Jack) and Jane Hokeness (Rushmore, MN); maternal grandparents, Doug and Jan Brusseau (Elk Point, SD); maternal great grandparents, Bernard and Betty Brusseau (Spearfish, SD); and numerous uncles, aunts, and cousins including: Chad and Stacey Hokeness and their children, Haley, Jackie, Rylie, and Carter (Adrian, MN); Troy and Sara Christie and their daughters, Jasmine, Kamra, and Brooklyn (Sioux Falls, SD); Lori Hokeness (Chicago, IL); Chris and Brooke Brusseau and their daughter, Ella (Sioux Falls, SD); and a very special great uncle and aunt, Craig and Toni Whitlock and their daughters, Tyler Rose, Téa, and Navi (Thornton, CO). He is survived by numerous friends and extended family members as well.
Landon was preceded in death by his great grandparents, Ray Sr. and Ann Hokeness, Francis and Mary Stoltz, and Virgil and Irene Nelson.
The family would like to thank the staff at Sanford Medical Center for the exceptional care and compassion they provided. a very special thank you is directed to Dr. Arain, Dr. Briggs, Dr. Fenton and his nurse, Pam, and Dr. McNamara, as well as their respective team members. A very special thank you is directed as well to Pastor Loren Odland for his ongoing support, prayers, and guidance.
The Sanford Children’s Palliative Care Team and bereavement photographers with Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep provided incredible support and lasting memories for the family during Landon’s short time with us. In lieu of flowers, the family would be honored to have memorials directed to these programs to support their missions of helping grieving families.
Memorial services were held on Monday, September 24, 2012, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, with attendance for family members, close friends, and medical staff who cared for Landon and his family.
Heritage Funeral Home handled arrangements.