Theodore Hoerstman (Courtesy Iowa Department of Public Safety)

Theodore Anthony Hoerstman

Missing Person, Presumed Deceased

Theodore Anthony “Ted” Hoerstman
Age at Report: 45
DOB: April 22, 1937
Weight: 175 lbs.
Height: 5′ 09″
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Incident Type: Disability – physical / mental
Missing From: Dubuque, IA
Dubuque County
Investigating Agency: Dubuque Police Department
NCIC Number: M-142121479
NamUs MP # 27745
Date Reported Missing and
Listed Date of Death: December 6, 1982

Theodore Anthony “Ted” Hoerstman, a 45-year-old disabled adult, was reported missing to the Dubuque Police Department in Dubuque, Iowa, on December 6, 1982.

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Hoerstman, initially listed on the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Missing Person Information Clearinghouse, was removed from the site in 2011 and he is now presumed deceased. Date of date is listed as the same day he went missing.

At the time of his disappearance, Hoerstman was 45 years old, 5-foot-9, weighed 175 pounds and had brown hair, brown eyes and a mustache.

Identifying characteristics included a one-inch appendectomy scar and a scar on his right calf. He had the name “Sharon” tattooed on his lower right arm.

About Theodore Hoerstman

Theodore Hoerstman was born on April 22, 1937, the son of Anthony and Anne (Didesch) Hoerstman. He married Sharon M. Shaw on May 30, 1963, in Dubuque. The couple had two daughters, Vickie and Toni.

Sharon HoerstmanCourtesy photo Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Homes
Theodore Hoerstman’s wife, Sharon, passed away Nov. 5, 2010 at the age of 76.

After her husband’s disappearance, Sharon went to work for the Dubuque Packing Company, where she was employed for the next 27 years. Sharon passed away on November 5, 2010, at the Stonehill Care Center.

In addition to his wife, Hoerstman was survived by daughters, Vickie L. Huff of Dubuque, and Toni A. (Rich) Davis of Iowa City; a brother, William Hoerstman; a sister-in-law, Wanda L. Schaller of Dubuque; a brother-in-law, Reece N. (Ann) Shaw of Dubuque; and many nieces and nephews.

Theodore Hoerstman has a gravestone in Dubuque Memorial Gardens in Dubuque. It also lists his date of death as December 6, 1982.

Information Needed

If you have any information concerning Theodore Hoerstman’s disappearance or death, please contact the Dubuque Police Department at 319-589-4410.



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