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“It was with great sadness that i heard from Jerri on the passing of her father. I didn't know Bob directly but have learnt about him from his...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Gavin Lessing-Caller - Erie, CO

“We are so sorry for your loss. You will be in our thoughts. ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: April and Bob Newton - Fort Wayne, IN

“Prayers ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Jeff Chesne - Knoxville, TN

“Dear Debbie, Bobby,Jimmy, Dinkie, and BJ, our family is so sorry for your loss of sweet, sweet Bob. We have great memories of Bob and Mary and you...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Peggy Casdorph Lyons - Charleston, WV

“all the Lord,s blessings and comfort to uncle Bob.s family in sincere condolences ,. ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: joyce and ken hogge - IN - Family

“So sorry for your families loss BJ, he sounds like a terrific human being. Small world because I work for Thermodyne, in the same building as Polar...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Tim Waikel - Fort Wayne, IN

Dancing with Grandpa @ my wedding. I chose him to walk me down the aisle with me, alongside my Mama. “There are so many memories I will cherish always. So many stories I will share with my children & someday my own grandchildren. Gpa & Gma always...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Brandi Crowder - Salisbury, NC

“sorry for the loss but heavens gain. ”
8 of 10 | Posted by: peggy kessler - hinton, WV

“Love and prayers! ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Riley Reid Mann - Hinton, WV

“I want to tell you, that I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. It is very hard when we lose someone that we love and cherish, but I would...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Danita Lehmann - Fort Wayne, IN

Robert F. "Bob" Hogge, 77, went home to his Lord and Savior and his wife, Mary, on February 10, 2018. He was born on October 15, 1940, in Wheelwright, KY, the son of the late, Mitchell and Maultie (Stacey) Hogge.
Growing up in coal camps from Hazard Kentucky to Frog Alley West Virginia, Bob and his siblings lead an adventurous childhood. Through epic ball games, schoolyard "boxing", collecting scrap metal in their Radio Flyer, and singing on the radio they developed a large repertoire of stories to regal their children and grandchildren with. Their close bond survived through the many years, moves, and growing families. Their love for each other was critical in overcoming the loss of their mother at a young age, and their own loss of children over the years. They left a legacy of the importance of family for the next generations.
Bob started singing on the radio with his siblings as a child. Throughout his life he continued to sing, and learned to play the guitar as an adult. Bob and Mary molded their young family of seven into a gospel singing group, traveling to churches and singing on a local radio show. Through the years and moves, Bob and Mary made sure that their family were active members of church, including Faith Gospel Tabernacle in Charleston WV, Roles Chapel Baptist Church in Forest Hill WV, and Harvest Free Will Baptist Church in Fort Wayne IN. Family car trips were done in four-part harmony. Their love of music continues through their children and grandchildren, with many who sing and play instruments. In his later years, Bob enjoyed being a member of a trio that sang at local nursing homes and churches.
To support his family, Bob worked as a truck driver at Martin Enterprises, and retired from Polar King International. He couldn't sit still for long though, and was soon working part-time for Penske. Bob took pride in his work and loved the adventure of travel, two qualities he and Mary instilled in their children.
In his spare time, his interest was in old cars, anything Mopar, music, and playing cards. He thoroughly enjoyed the many years he spent coaching youth sports of all kinds. His favorite activities were Euchre, singing, enjoying his wife's cooking, road trips, and referring to himself in 3rd person.
Bob was hard working, opinionated, funny, and smart. He was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, brother, and uncle – all roles that he enjoyed. Bob loved his family and was very proud of his children and grandchildren. He taught his sons/grandsons that a man was sentimental and loving, and his daughters/granddaughters that being smart was beautiful.
Those left here to miss him are his children; Debra (Michael) Bishop of China Grove NC, Robert (Yvonne Humphreys) "Hoppy" Hogge II of McGrady NC, James (Jane) Hogge of London England, Jerri (Brian) Gore of New Haven IN, and William Hogge of New Haven IN; grandchildren, Nikki, Brandi, Jay, Joel, Samuel and Brianna, Michael, Angel and Robert III, David, Marion, Jamey and Ruth, Keegan, Kip, and Jacob; great-grandchildren, Jordan, Noah, and Mason, Jackson and Charleigh, Allison and Elijah, Lillian and Addilyn, Matthias and Logan, Avery, Rayleigh, Austin and Paige, Bailey and Harley, Jakai; big brother, Jim (Mary Lou) Hogge; sisters-in-law, Joyce and Sharon Hogge; brother, Richard (Nancy) Arbaugh; brothers, Larry and Steve Hogge; sister, Carol Giratas; so many nieces and nephews, and members of the Pack family that he loved and enjoyed friendships with.
He was preceded in death by his love and wife of 48 years, Mary Ruth (Pack) Hogge; son, Jackie Dix; sister, Wilma Young; brothers, Jerry and Bill Hogge. The loss of his loved ones troubled him and he missed them all tremendously. We are so grateful to know that they are rejoicing together now.
Bob's Homegoing will be celebrated on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 1pm, with calling 2 hours prior at Harvest Free Will Baptist Church, 5903 E. Dupont Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46825.
Burial will take place in Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, IN.
Dinner for family and friends will be served at Harvest Free Will Baptist after the burial service.
The family would like to thank two very special people that blessed Bob in his final years. DeDe Handerson and Jessica Karn - your kindness and friendship brought him so much joy and laughter when things were very hard for him. We will forever thank God for you and your beautiful, loving hearts.
Memorial contributions may be made to Harvest Free Will Baptist Church & Shriners Hospitals for Children (855-401-4897). Arrangements made by D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Ft Wayne IN.