Edward Heinrich Hoch

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Edward Heinrich Hoch passed away Sunday October 27, 2013.  Edward was born in Kirkwood, Missouri on July 6, 1921 to Edward J. & Ida (Weiss) Hoch. While Ed was still a boy, his family moved to Gray Summit, Missouri, where their farm’s proximity to Route 66 sparked his lifelong fascination with the historic American highway.

He graduated from Washington High School in May of 1938.  In 1944 he joined the army as a GI, fighting in the Pacific Theater (Philippines & Japan.) of WWII and earning a Bronze Star for his service. Upon his honorable discharge in 1946, he enrolled in the University of Missouri, graduating in 1949 with a degree in Agriculture. While attending Mizzou, he was a member of Alpha Gamma Sigma Agricultural Fraternity and spent time traveling around the  United States as a “Master Fitter” preparing cattle for national shows. After working for a year as a County Extension Agent in Missouri, Ed was offered a position as a Herdsman/Researcher by Dr. Edward Hauser of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Ag & Life Sciences. His work in Beef Research & Physiology—most notably with the Twin Project—took Edward around the United States. He met his future wife, Virginia, at a dance in Madison; they married in 1953. In Ed’s later years at the University, he supervised graduate students as they completed their PhD fieldwork and was a Short Course Instructor. After retiring in 1986, Ed pursued gardening (quite successfully, if his bountiful strawberry crop and ten-foot tall tomato plants were any indicator), cooking and baking, quilting, traveling with his wife Virginia, and teaching his two grandchildren how to grow their own food and cook it to boot. He was an active member of Faith Lutheran Church In Morrisonville, Wisconsin and, in later years, a member of Lake Edge UCC. A proud veteran, he was a member of the Wm.”Sonny” Simon Post 8216 in Middleton,Wisconsin (where he was known for many years as “Chef Ed”) as well as a member of Cross Plains American Legion Post 245.

Edward is survived by his daughters Kathryn Hoch (Alan Strohschein) and Linda (Don) Brumm; grandchildren Alex (Cassandra) Brumm and Francesca Brumm; sister Nelda Hoemann of Kirkwood, Missouri; brother – in – law Henry Kerber; sisters - in - law Claudine Kerber, Margaret Kerber, & Barbara Kerber; and numerous nieces & nephews, great nieces and nephews and great- great nieces and nephews. Edward is also fondly remembered by countless former graduate students in all corners of the globe. He was preceded in death by his wife Virginia; parents; sisters Irma & Arline; brothers-in-law Norvin Kampschroeder, Ivo Hoemann, Clinton Brandt, & Robert Kerber; sisters-in-law Vi Kampschroeder & Mary Kerber Calhoun; and nephews Karl Kampschroeder & Dennis Brandt.

Visitation was held on Monday, November 4, 2013 at the Cress Center, 6021 University Avenue in Madison from 4 until 7pm. Wisconsin weather permitting, services were held the morning of Tuesday, November 5th at 10:00 am at the First German Lutheran Church, 4315 Pleasant View Road, Middleton.

The family requests memorials be made to the following: VFW National Home for Children, Lake Edge UCC Memorial Fund, and Agrace Hospice.

The Family would like to extend its sincere appreciation to the following: Sebring Assisted Care for their many years of kindness, care, and support; Sharon Huggins and Supportive Elder Services; Lake Edge UCC Home Communion Team; Dr. Ken Felz and his wonderful staff; members of the  Wm. “Sonny” Simon Post 8216 for their regular visits; and Agrace Hospice for their guidance and support over the past few months.


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