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Robert Dale Hoag M.D.


1934 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences Gallery
Robert Dale Hoag M.D. Obituary
Robert Dale Hoag, M.D.

Beloved husband and loving father, Dr. Robert Dale Hoag passed peacefully from life on earth to heaven on November 14, 2013, while surrounded by his family.

Dr. Hoag was born August 9, 1934 in Saginaw, Michigan to Dale and Lois Hoag. He is survived by his college/high school sweetheart, Shirley Ann Ruthig, after 57 years of marriage, along with three sons, Randall (Rousena), John (Della), David (Stephanie), 8 cherished grandchildren, and his doting angel-dog, Sadie. He is preceded by, but now joyfully reunited with, his son Garrett, daughter Leslie Hoag-Christensen (Todd), and brother, Paul.

Dr. Hoag served a distinguished medical career in Pathology. Told by a high school teacher (Saginaw H.S., '52) that he was not college material, he proceeded to graduate in just three years from Alma College (B.S., 1956) and then received his degree in medicine from the University of Michigan (1959). He interned at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle (1959-60) and completed residency at the University of Michigan (1960-64). He served our nation as Lieutenant-Commander at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis.

Dr. Hoag began private practice at Riverside Hospital in Newport News, Virginia and later served hospitals throughout the Seattle, Washington vicinity and Alaska with the Puget Sound Institute of Pathology (1970 -1998), including as managing partner. He was the founding pathologist for St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, Washington.

Bob enjoyed many interests, always with his family, including mountaineering, sailing, coaching and refereeing soccer, jogging, fishing, history, traveling and rooting for his alma mater. Despite his accomplishments, he modelled an old-fashioned work ethic of doing his own chores. Even with a penchant to forget punch-lines, he was quick-witted, always with a playful smirk. Bob served his church in many ways, including chairman of the elders. Most importantly, he gave his family a legacy to love the Lord and commit our lives and plans to Him. We want to write much more, but he would not approve, because he was ultimately humble. For these reasons and more, he is loved by everyone who knew him.

A celebration of his life will be held at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 134 South 206th Street in Des Moines on Sunday, November 24th at 1:30 pm with reception following. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name for new lives at Seattle Children's Hospital Foundation, PO Box 5371/S-200, Seattle, WA 98145-5005. Please sign the online registry at www.bonneywatson.com.
Published in The Seattle Times on Nov. 17, 2013
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