Joe Bill Hogan
Joe Bill Hogan passed away Saturday, December 28, 2013 of heart failure. It was a big heart as it took 92 years to finally give out. He was born August 24, 1921 in Seymour, MO to Cora and Harvey C. Hogan. He graduated from Seymour High in 1939 and SW Missouri State in 1950. He proudly served in the US Army in WWII and Korea. He retired from the US Medical Center in 1975 after 22 years of service. His claim to fame was he and 2 inmates wheeled the Birdman of Alcatraz to the morgue when he died in 1963. He also worked for 10 years at Boatmens Bank as a security guard. He was a St. Louis Cardinals fan, member at Grace United Methodist, Shriner, Mason, and a proud participant of the last KY3 Honor Flight.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 30 years, Betty; his brother, Harry Jr.; his sister, Frances Kerr; and his wonderful friend of 31 years, Neva Smith.
He is survived by his daughter, Rhonda Gustin; son, Danny Hogan and wife Joy; grandsons, Ryan Gustin and Ben Hogan; granddaughter, Jennifer Cosgrove and husband James; and his favorite great-granddaughter, Kennedy Cosgrove.
Thanks to the staff at Cox South Hospital for taking care of our father in his final days. Thanks to Dr. Kenneth Powell and Dr. Zachary Schmittling for the care and treatment of our father over the last few years. We will be forever grateful. He was a wonderful father and will be missed by all who knew him. We should all be so lucky to have a father like Joe Bill.
Visitation will be Thursday, January 2, 2014 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm in Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home. Graveside Services will be held on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 11:00am at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.
Memorial donations may be made to The
, 2446 E Madrid St, Springfield, MO 65804 or the
Published in the News-Leader from Dec. 31, 2013 to Jan. 2, 2014