R. Howard Hoch

January 2, 1941October 12, 2020

R. Howard Hoch, 79, of Columbia City, IN., passed away peacefully in his home on October 12, 2020. He was born in 1941 in Huntington, IN to the late Ralph and Mary (Harrell) Hoch. Howard graduated from Huntington High School in 1959 and had a 40 year career as a heavy equipment operator, which he loved. He was also an avid woodworker and a member of the Masons. He is remembered by all who knew him as a positive force in this world. Howard is survived by his sons, Kent Hoch of Columbia City, IN, and Tony Hoch of Centennial, WY. Also preceding him in passing was his beloved wife of 45 years, Patricia (Dillon) Hoch. There will be no services at this time due to public health considerations for his family and guests. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Legion Post 160, 1122 N. Main St., Roanoke, IN 46783.


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Kim Bruemleve

October 18, 2020

Rest in Peace Howard. You were a one of a kind! You could make a bad day good and bring a smile to a stranger's face all day long! Prayers for Tony and Kent. We all will miss you!

Tony Hoch

October 15, 2020

miss you pops

Chris Hayes

October 15, 2020

Kent and Tony,

I am so sorry for your loss. I wanted to share one of my favorite memories of your dad. I was operating heavy equipment for Geigers in Roanoke and I would see him at the restaurant there between 5:30 -6:30. He was always cutting up with his friends. He was the kind of person that I admired because he was such a positive person when I was around him. Our love for heavy equipment was a bond. I liked to hear what he was doing at W-W Gravel. To me, he was a man’s man and I admired how he carried himself. I also have a memory that I will treasure and that is her being a Cub fan like me. My daughter’s gave me a 2016 Cubs World Series champions shirt. I associate that shirt with her. She also made the best turtles! Take care.

Chris Hayes

Kay Hoch

October 14, 2020

To the family, I am so sorry to hear of Howard's death. He was a wonderful person. My heart goes out to the family


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