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James Hotz

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James Emil Hotz age 70 of Fredericksburg, Iowa died Sunday, October 13, 2019 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 18, 2019 at Peace UCC Church in Fredericksbug with Rev. Jim Reid presiding. A luncheon will follow at the Fredericksburg Community Center. A private interment for the family will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Shell Rock. Friends may greet the family from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home and Crematory in Fredericksburg. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service Friday at the church. Jim Hotz was born in Iowa City on May 18, 1949, to Jacob John and Irene (Vollrath) Hotz, grew up in Strawberry Point and spent his entire life residing in Iowa. As a kid, he fell in love with sports and played as many as he could while a student at Starmont High School, where he graduated in 1967. Jim went from being a “Star” to a “Knight” when he attended Wartburg College in Waverly. He suited up for the Knights’ baseball, basketball, and football teams. Jim held a number of school receiving records during his football career that was capped by an all-Iowa Conference first-team selection in 1970. Jim and Cheryl met while they were attending Wartburg, and they were married January 15, 1972, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waverly. In the fall of 1971, Jim began his career in Danville. He was a physical education teacher as well as the head football, basketball, and track coach. In 1975 he lead the Danville Bears football team to an undefeated regular season and a state playoff berth. While in Danville, Jim and Cheryl welcomed their two sons, Chad (1976) and Mike (1979). In 1979, the family moved to Gowrie where Jim was an assistant principal and head football coach. In 1981 the family moved to Fredericksburg where Jim became the high school principal. Mr. Hotz will be remembered as a strict but fair principal who ran, as one former teacher put it, “a pretty tight ship.” Students have shared that, although they may not have recognized it at the time, Mr. Hotz always had their best interest in mind. Jim had his lighter side, too, and few Fredericksburg High School students will ever forget him performing various renditions of his favorite Johnny Cash songs. In 1989, under his leadership, Fredericksburg High School received the honor of the U.S. Department of Education’s Award for Excellence in Schools. Fredericksburg was the only Iowa high school to receive the honor. He was an avid supporter of the Falcons and loved spending time with Cheryl watching their sons participate in various sports and school events. Jim was active in a number of professional organizations, and in 2003, he received the Iowa High School Athletic Association’s School Administrator Award. When Fredericksburg and Sumner began whole-grade sharing, he served as the district’s middle school principal until his retirement in 2008. Jim and Cheryl spent their retirement traveling, golfing, and watching Chad and Kim’s two sons Cole and Caden in their multitude of activities. They especially cherished time spent on the golf course or in the pool with their grandsons. If anyone was looking for Jim on a Tuesday night, he could be found at Plum Creek golfing with friends on Men's Night. In addition to his memberships in school organizations, Jim was a longtime member of the United Church of Christ. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Jim is survived by his wife, Cheryl Hotz of Fredericksburg, IA; two sons, Chad (Kim) Hotz of Waverly, IA, Mike (Anna) Hotz of Minneapolis, MN; two grandsons, Cole and Caden; two brothers, John (Kathy) Hotz of Mequon, WI, Joe Hotz of North Liberty, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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  1. Condolences to the family. He was an amazing Principal and man. I will never forget the time he called me out of class to his office….to have me try on suits that no longer fit him… a memory I have never forgotten almost 20 years later.

  2. Even knowing Jim’s time was coming it still does not seem real. The past, almost two years, has been a battle, one that Jim fought very courageously. Jim was a great leader as an administrator as well as a great husband and father. I will cherish our more than 30 years of friendship, golf outings, and intellectual conversations over a cocktail, or two! Jim will be missed by all who knew him, but never forgotten. My deepest sympathy goes to Cheryl, Chad, Mike, and family members.

  3. Our sympathies to the Hotz family. From being the driver’s education teacher at Allison Bristow when I (Diane) was in school to being Principal when my daughter’s were at Fredericksburg you couldn’t find a finer leader. RIP Jim, you will be missed.

  4. Cheryl, Mike and Chad, I am so very sorry for your loss. I have so many fond memories of Jim, our frequent get-togethers, his ability to come up with crazy answers to games we liked to play, to parties and special times wit kids, family and friends. I know he will be missed by everyone whose life he touched. You are all in my thoughts and prayers

  5. Cheryl and Family. I am so sorry for your loss. Sending you prayers. Cheryl thinking of you during this extremely difficult time. Marge Quigley

  6. Mr. Hotz tried to give me detentions on several different occasions, but that never really worked out for him. 😉 I very much enjoyed having him as a principal and loved our bantering relationship. Thoughts and prayers to the Hotz family.

  7. Sending thoughts and prayers to Cheryl, Mike, Chad and the rest of the Hotz family. Lucky to have known Big Jim for many years. I’ll miss his humor and bear hugs. -Bo and Jen

  8. It has been many years since Wartburg and 1972, you two were a great couple. So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Love and prayers to your family. Sue Kluver Harty

  9. My deepest sympathies to Cheryl and her family in their loss of Jim. He was a friend and high school teammate of which I have many fond memories. Doug Schweitzer

  10. So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing! My sympathy to the family. As a consultant with the Iowa Dept of Education, I always enjoyed my visits with him and the visits to his school. Rest in peace, Jim.

  11. Dear Dear friends, what a sad day it is to say goodbye to the great man who was there to support & hire Steve back in 1987. We’ve had our wonderful years of joy filled wins and heartbreaking losses, but what a “ride” it has been. Jim was the glue that kept the mighty Falcons together…his unique leadership style made it possible for his teachers to TEACH. We always felt when we came to Freddy, our kids had the benefits of a private school in a public school setting – very rare! Cheryl and Boys, we send you our heartfelt sympathy with all the love your hearts can hold. Jim loved you dearly – with his mighty big heart! He’ll be deeply missed, but never EVER forgotten. Love & hugs, F & S

  12. Cheryl & Family, So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. You all have our heartfelt sympathy for the sorrow you are feeling now. I am glad I was able to see him a few years ago at Homecoming. I have lots of laughs and memories that will stay with me . I will drink a Jameson shot tonight to celebrate Jim’s life, as well as, all the other Cotta House men who have moved on to bigger and better things. Frank & Sheryl Coughlin

  13. Cheryl and Family, Our sincerest sympathies on your loss. We were shocked to hear that Jim had passed away. Much love, and many thoughts and prayers are certainly with all of you. Mike enjoyed seeing Jim at his father’s funeral services awhile back. Our apologies for not making it to Jim’s services, but Mike is getting polio back from when he was a child, and he is not getting around the best these days. Mike and Sheri O’Donnell Lisbon, Iowa (Mike was in Jim’s graduating class at Starmont)

  14. Shelly and I are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Jim was a great friend and teammate at Wartburg and I have wonderful memories of his outstanding play as a wide receiver as well as living with Jim and the rest of the Cotta guys. We will remember both of you in our hearts and prayers. John and Shelly Burke

  15. My sincere condolences to cheryl and her family. Cousin Janni to be d me that Paul K told her and john Grimm that Jim had passed away. So looked up his obituary and am writing to you now. It was a well written summary of Jim’s life! So sorry for your loss. Sincerely wanda anderson

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