Palmer resident, Robert Matthew Hoagland, 53, died on March 12, 2013 from complications from a blood infection.
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Robert was born on March 23, 1959 in Chewelah Washington to Bud Hoagland and Verene Smith. He graduated from Jenkins High School in Chewelah in 1978 before he joined the United States Air Force. He committed 20 years of service to his country as a jet engine mechanic. After Robert's time with the USAF, he continued to work in the airline industry, repairing fighter engines for McDonnell Douglas and Boeing in Florida and Saudi Arabia. In his final years, he returned to Alaska, working for Pratt & Whitney on the new F-119 with some of his old friends from the Air Force.
A simple man is what Robert would have wanted to be remembered as. His close friends and family are united with stories of Robert's generosity, patriotic passion, willingness to help others, gentle kindness, and zeal for the outdoors. Robert was a man to always have compassion for people and their weaknesses. When he wasn't repairing someone's house or filling the wood shed with firewood, he'd be hunting or fishing for the next biggest catch. You'd be intimidated by his political passion based on his faith and love for his country.
Robert is survived by his mother Verene Smith; his brother Clifford Hoagland; his three children: Jennifer Gardner, Renee Armstrong and David Hoagland; his children's mother, Patricia Deardorff; his three grandchildren: Caroline Swain, Trisha Gardner and Elliana Gardner.
A service was held on Saturday March 16 at his local congregation, the Valley Church of Christ in Palmer, Alaska. A second memorial will be hosted by the American Legion in Chewelah, Washington on April 6, 2013.
Arrangements entrusted to the Cremation Society of Alaska. Words of comfort can be shared with the Hoagland family at www.alaskacremation.com
Published in adn.com from Mar. 31 to Apr. 1, 2013