Larry C. Hoercher, 76, of Lebanon, Ill., born April 2, 1939, in Richview, Ill., died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Ill.
After graduating from Centralia High School, Larry joined the United States Air Force where he served for 21 years, including a tour in Vietnam. He retired in 1978 as a technical sergeant. During his military career, he earned his bachelor of science in occupational education from SIU-Carbondale and an associate of arts in computer technology through the Community College of the Air Force. After leaving the Air Force, he trained on various nuclear and electronic medical diagnostic equipment. He spent more than 15 years as a service engineer and manager for leading companies in the electronic medical diagnostic field, eventually retiring from ADAC Laboratories.
Larry spent his free time with family and friends, especially his wife and children. He was the best father and husband he could be. He enjoyed volunteering and was an active member of the Masonic Order with the Belleville, Lebanon, and Mascoutah Lodges, and Knights Templar with the Belleville and Lebanon Lodges. He was a past patron of Eastern Star and a member of the Belleville Area High Twelve. An active member of the Republican Party, he proudly served as precinct committeeman for St. Clair County. He was a life member of VFW Post 8547 in Edgemont, Calif. Above all, he was a farm boy at heart. No matter where he lived, he always had at least a half-acre vegetable garden. He was happiest driving a tractor. He loved tractor pulls, the Mascoutah Homecoming, and hosting family reunions.
Larry was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Robin A., nee Titus, Hoercher, whom he married on March 24, 1974, and who died on Jan. 29, 2010; his father, Clyde Hoercher; his mother and stepfather, Juanita, nee Whittenberg, and Morris Satz; a grandson, Ian Sean Stogner; and a beloved cousin, Kenneth Hoercher.
Surviving are three sons and two daughters, Dianna (Mark) Stogner, Crissie (Sam) Tullous, Morris Jay (Rhonda) Hoercher, Shelly (Jennifer) Graham, and Evan Barnes (Christine Johnson); 10 grandchildren, Aaron (Brittany)Abbott, Adam Abbott, Austin Abbott, Curtis Johnson, Ryan (Shelby) Stogner, Jaylynn Hoercher, Sydney Stogner, Douglas (Rebecca) Krause, Ryan Krause, and Jennifer (Mike) Wegener; and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the
or to the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the funeral home, with Rev. Vance Veyers officiating. Burial with military honors will be Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, at Richview Cemetery in Washington County, Ill.
GEORGE RENNER & SONS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Feb. 26, 2016