Ronald Collins Hoch, 71, of Warner Robins, Ga., died Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, after an extended illness.
A retired colonel in the U.S. Air Force, he lived in Warner Robins, Ga., with his beloved wife, Judy, for the past 20 years.
Ron, the son of Millard and Alice Hoch, was born on July 18, 1942, and grew up in Wapwallopen with his younger sister, Beverly Kelchner, who now lives in Carlisle.
He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Pennsylvania State University, where he met his wife of 47 years. He was a member of Acacia Fraternity, the Masons and Shriners, where he was known for his loyalty and dedication to his brothers.
After leaving Penn State, Ron was stationed in Texas where their first child, Amy, was born. He spent a year in Thailand during the Vietnam War and returned home to continue his career as a military officer. His second child, Christopher, was born in California and the family continued traveling to live in such places as Nebraska, Alabama, Virginia, Okinawa, Ohio and ultimately retiring in Georgia after 26 years of service.
No matter the state of residence, Ron remained an avid Penn State sports fan, attending almost every home football game for the past 30 years. One of his most precious memories was attending Penn State's fantasy football camp and meeting Joe Paterno. It has been said that he bleeds blue and white! Ron was an athlete throughout his life, playing football in high school and softball and handball in his later years. Besides his love of sports, Ron loved to spend time outdoors gardening and building furniture in his woodworking hut.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Hoch; his daughter, Amy and her husband, Chris; his son, Chris and his wife, Jenny; his sister, Beverly; his adopted son, Judkin and his wife, Greta, and their daughter, Bethany, to whom he was known as Grampy. In Pennsylvania, he is survived by many loving cousins and friends.
A memorial service will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on April 12 at Heintzelman Funeral Home, State College. It will be a perfect tribute to end a Blue-White Game Saturday in Happy Valley!
In lieu of flowers, Ron's family would prefer that donations be directed to the Ron Hoch Memorial Fund, established by his Acacia brothers in his honor. Memorial donations should be made payable to Penn State University
and be mailed to Ron Hoch Memorial Fund, 1 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802. The fund will benefit the Penn State wrestling program.