Charles Hoch

Charles Hoch, 87, a resident of Heritage Pointe, in Warren, IN, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at 4:35 p.m. at Heritage Pointe.

Mr. Hoch graduated from Van Buren High in 1943. He was a United States Army Veteran, serving in Japan in World War II. He retired in 1987 from RCA after 32 years. He was also a lifelong grain and dairy farmer. He was a member of the Van Buren United Methodist Church, Van Buren for more than 65 years. He was a member of the U.R. Welcome Sunday School Class and held a number of church leadership positions over the years.

He member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and Shriners. He was a member of the Van Buren Blue Lodge 711, F. & A.M. since 1954. He passed to the Degree of Fellowcraft and was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason, both in 1955. He was a three-time Worshipful Master, served as dodge secretary for 33 years. He belonged to the Fort Wayne Valley of Scottish Rite, where he received his 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, the Meritorious Service Award and his 33rd Degree. He was made a Shriner in 1975. He was also a member of Grant Country York Rite Commandery 21, Chapter 55.

He was born Oct. 27, 1925, in Huntington to Harry Cruz and Berniece Brown Hoch. He married Bonita M. Brown on May 9, 1948, in Van Buren. She preceded him in death on Jan. 4, 2013.

Survivors include a son, Randy Hoch, of Upland; two daughters, Paula (Warren) Brose, of Westerville, OH, and Jacquelyn Duggan, of Upland; and four grandchildren, Shannon Duggan, of Fishers; Brittany Brose, of Louisville, KY; and Natalie Hoch and Lance Hoch, both of Swayzee.

Calling is Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Van Buren United Methodist Fellowship Hall, 105 S. Second St., Van Buren, followed by a Masonic memorial service. Visitation will also be held Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. service at the church, with Rev. John Parks officiating and Rev. Leon Pomeroy assisting. Interment will follow in the Gardens of Memory, Marion.

Memorials may be made to the Van Buren Masonic Lodge 711, PO Box 1, Van Buren, IN 46991; Scottish Rite Children's Learning Center, in care of Lodge of Perfection A.A.S.R., PO Box 11046, Fort Wayne, IN 46855; or Shriner's Hospital of Chicago, IL, in care of Mizpah Shrine, 407 W. Berry St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802.

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