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Clyde Roger Hoag

May 29, 1926 ~ August 30, 2017 (age 91)

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Memorial Service
September 23, 2017

12:00 PM
First Congregational Church
651 Phoenix Road
South Haven, Michigan 49090


Clyde Roger Hoag passed away peacefully, in his sleep, at his South Haven home, on August 30, 2017, at the age of 91.  Clyde is now reunited with Joanne, his beloved wife of almost 63 years.  She predeceased him on August 15, 2016.

Clyde was born to Ira Guy and Lottie Josephine (Ingraham) Hoag on May 29, 1926, in South Haven, MI.  He was the third of their five children, and the last to survive.

Clyde attended South Haven schools, graduating in 1944.  Among his activities in High School were Governor of his Senior class and participant in football, basketball and track.  He excelled in the hurdles, becoming State Champion of the high and
low hurdles in 1944. 

Immediately after graduation, Clyde enlisted in the Army and proudly served in Europe from August 1944 to July 1946.  He attained the rank of Sgt. Major and received a Bronze Star for Heroic Service on April 8, 1945, in Germany.

Upon discharge from the Army, Clyde took advantage of the G.I. Bill and attended Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science, now known as Michigan State University. He earned a B.A. in Economics in 1950. During this time, he joined
the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, where he made several lifelong friends. For many years, he and Joanne enjoyed annual reunions at M.S.U.'s Homecoming.  Clyde also earned a M.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1952. He worked as a
Resident Advisor while at U of M.

After receiving his education, he began teaching as an Economics Professor at Ripon College, Ripon, WI.  Here, Clyde met Joanne, who was a student at the time.  They began their courtship and married October 10, 1953 in Rockville, MD.  After marrying, they lived and worked in New York City where they had some of the best times of their lives!

In 1958 Clyde and Joanne moved to Toledo, Ohio where Clyde was employed by Champion Spark Plug Company World Headquarters, as a Supervisor in the Training Department.  At times, he taught evening classes in Economics, at The University of Toledo. He was a member of the American Society for Training & Development and was President of the Toledo Chapter of Associations for Systems Management 1969-1970.  After 30 years at Champion, Clyde retired in 1989.  Following retirement, he taught at Owens Technical College.

While raising their three children, Clyde was a devoted husband, father and citizen. He was supportive of his children's activities and volunteered as Little League coach and Assistant Scout Master.  He was a member of Monroe Street United Methodist Church for many years and taught Sunday school there in the 70’s.  He and Joanne enjoyed time with family, friends, neighbors, card club and many more.  They were fun people and liked to have a good time!

In 1992, Clyde and Joanne retired to his home town of South Haven. They thoroughly enjoyed their Golden years here, playing cribbage and watching sunsets over Lake Michigan almost every evening.  He worked for a time as a courier for Shoreland Bank.  Clyde was an avid reader, of various genres, from Shakespeare, Dickens, and WWII Military history to modern fiction. He enjoyed gardening, playing cards, listening to classical music, bird watching, traveling, and watching TV, especially comedies and sports.  He was a Life Member of the VFW, South Haven Post 667.

Left to cherish his memory are his children:  Laura (Jim Rice) of Perrysburg, OH, Bob (Deborah Koles) of Sylvania, OH, and Jenny (Dominic Barberio) of Haslett, MI; grandsons Jamie Rice, Rob Rice and Nick Barberio; brother-in-law Terry McNeil; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by brothers Gordon, Floyd, Howard and sister Dorothy McNeil.

A memorial service for both Clyde and Joanne will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at First Congregational Church, 651 Phoenix St., South Haven, MI, with Military Honors at the Church.  A reception at the Church will follow the service.  The family wishes to thank Private Duty Home Healthcare and Caring Circle for their compassionate care.

Those wishing to make a commemorative contribution in Clyde’s honor, please consider Al-Van Humane Society, P.O. Box 421, South Haven, MI 49090; the South Haven Lighthouse Preservation Fund, 355 Hubbard St., South Haven, MI 49090

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