Edward Lewis Hoch (1963 - 2016)

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Edward Lewis Hoch passed away, far too soon, on August 16, 2016 at the age of 53. He was at Providence Hospital in Anchorage, where he had been well taken care of for 8 months after suffering a stroke.
Ed was born in Fairbanks,the first child of Edward and Betty Hoch in April 1963. He was raised in Fairbanks and spent his formative years making many friends, the closest of which, was his younger brother, Jack. Ed was a superior athlete and scholar who excelled at every endeavor he undertook.
He attended Hunter
Elementary, Tanana and Ryan Junior High and West Valley High School, where he graduated with a 4.1 GPA in 1981. Once he was diagnosed with diabetes he focused mostly on academics, forsaking the rigors of basketball and football, which he enjoyed immensely, but continuing his pursuit of swimming where he excelled throughout high school.
After Graduation Eddie headed east to Ithaca New York where he majored in physics at Cornell University. Ed returned to Fairbanks to finish his undergraduate studies at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, which was fortuitous as that is where he met his future wife Kitty Doogan. He got a job working at the Geophysical Institute, where he worked for the next 24 years. Ed developed and later managed the Geospace Environment Data Display System that was used to track Poker Flats scientifc rocket launches and predict Auroral activity. During his time at the Geophysical he completed his Masters in Physics and while he intended to pursue his PHD his busy life made that an unnecessary distraction.
When he parted ways with the University in 2009 he moved with his family to Juneau where he started his career with Te National Marine Fisheries Service as an IT specialist. True to form Ed quickly advanced and in 2012 he was promoted to Applications Office Supervisor for NOAA Fisheries. Once again he excelled and was given the prestigious award of Employee of the Year for NOAA fisheries in 2013.
Ed married his college sweetheart and they produced a beautiful family of four boys. Ed converted to Catholicism after he met Kitty and like everything else, embraced it whole heartedly. He was an active member of the church in both Fairbanks and Juneau. He spent a great deal of time with his boys, who were the light of his life. He encouraged them to set goals and pursue them. He challenged them and supported them and set a great example by the way he lived his life. Ed coached his children at soccer, was a published author of short stories, and spoke French, Russian and German. He loved playing the Guitar, a passion that he shared with his boys. He never gave up his love for video games, a hobby he developed in High School that became a form of stress relief and a perfect opportunity to bond with his boys in his later life.
In 2015 Edward had a good year, he was blessed with his first Grandchild, Davis. He took a much anticipated motorcycle tour on his new Harley Davidson across the Western United States and through Canada, culminating with a ferry ride back to Juneau. And He was able to attend his nephews wedding in Fairbanks, which was an opportunity for many family members from all over the country to see him for what turned out to be the last time. Just one month before his tragic illness, He finally got the Job of his dreams as the Director of Information Services for Te National Marine Fisheries in the Pacific Northwest. He was elated and it brought him a great sense of accomplishment and pride in his final healthy days. He told his mother that finally everything seemed perfect.
Ed loved God, his family, his country and his job and those things made him very happy. He will be sorely missed by his surviving Family: His cherished wife of 28 Years Kitty of Juneau, and sons Edward of Sacramento California, Andrew, Benjamin and Ian of Juneau. His Mother Betty Hoch, Brother Jack Hoch and his family, Grandson Davis Herzner all of Fairbanks; and many other extended family members too numerous to list from around Alaska, and the US. He is preceded in death by his Father Edward, Grandfather Edward, Grandmother Donna, Father In-Law John Doogan and Mother In-Law Delores.
Funeral services were held in Juneau, and a memorial service will be held in Fairbanks at
a later date. Condolences may be sent to the family at 7670 North Douglas Hwy, Juneau Ak 99801
Published in The Juneau Empire from Sept. 18 to Oct. 17, 2016