NEWPORT NEWS - Loren Woodrow "Woody" Hoercher Sr., age 94, went to be with the Lord on August 27, 2014, after some serious health challenges. The Palliative Care Unit/Hospice care at the Hampton Veteran's Administration was part of Woody's end of life care which was most honorable, respectful, loving, and quality care. He is a long time resident of Newport News, VA, retiring from the US Army in 1962. He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna, of 55 years (their wedding anniversary is August 27, the date Woody joined her in heaven) and is survived by five children, Loren Woodrow Hoercher Jr. and his wife, Dr. Melissa Hoercher, George Harvey Hoercher, Barbara Peak and husband, Daryl, Beverly Hoercher, Bonnie Heath and husband, Wade; 10 Grandchildren; and 16 Great Grandchildren. He was part of the "Greatest Generation," a WW2 Vet who fought for our country in several significant battles to include the fight against Germany's greatest General, Erwin Rommel, in North Africa, the invasion of Sicily, and the battle of Anzio, one of the bloodiest battles of WWII. Woody was part of the "Anzio Beachhead Veterans of WWII," an organization that honors and connects Anzio Vets to the new generations of the Military. Several years ago, Woody was honored by the U.S. Navy in recognition of his service to his country, specifically in the battle of the Anzio, and his involvement with the Sailors on a ship, "The USS Anzio," part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Battle Group. The Media and Learning Center on the Anzio was named "Woody's Foxhole" in honor and recognition of his service and love for our military. Woody has been part of Olivet Christian Church in Newport News, since 1960. He is also a supporter of Cru Military (Campus Crusade for Christ) in their support of and care for our military personnel and their families. He leaves a legacy of loving God and Country. We will miss Woody but know his legacy will live on. Funeral Services, in celebration of Woody's life, will be held Sunday, August 31, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Weymouth Funeral Home by Rev. David Willis. The family will receive friends following the service. Interment will take place at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery. Arrangements are by Weymouth Funeral Home.
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Published in Daily Press on Aug. 29, 2014