Harold Sanford Hobson Jr., 78, known as Sandy to his friends and family, passed away Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, after a long battle with cancer.
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Sandy was born on Nov. 15, 1934, in Cleveland. He was the son of Harold S. Hobson and Mary Birge Hobson.
Sandy was a graduate of Seymour High School. He graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1956 with a bachelor of science in business. He was a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity and sang in the men's choir.
He attended the Ohio State School of Law for one year.
He married Peggy Joyce Keilman on June 8, 1963, at First Presbyterian Church in New Albany. From 1957 to 1988, he worked for his family's business, Seymour Manufacturing Company. He was executive vice president, corporate secretary and director from 1969 to 1988.
During his time at Seymour Manufacturing, he became a prominent presence in the hardware industry. He was a member of the American Hardware Manufacturer's Association where he was a director, a founder of the export committee, was chairman of the packaging expo, and a member of the hardware industry week committee. He was the past president of the association's Young Executives Club.
Sandy also was a director of the Wood Heating Alliance, treasurer and secretary of the Hardware Marketing Council and treasurer of the World Wide DIY Council. He also was a member of the Southern Hardware Salesmen Association.
He was a co-founder and chairman of the Housing Authority of Seymour and a member of the Seymour Chamber of Commerce, where he served two terms as director. He also was a director of South Central Private Industry Council.
Sandy was a life-long Republican and served as a precinct committeeman. He was appointed to the Indiana 9th District Small Business Council by his congressman, Lee Hamilton. Congressman Hamilton also appointed him to the White House Conference on Small Business in 1986, where he was chairman for international trade for the Indiana delegation.
Sandy was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Commerce William Verity Jr. and U.S. Trade representative Clayton Yeutter to the industry sector advisory committee for Small and Minority Business for U.S. Trade Policy Matters. He served as representative from 1988 to 1990.
Sandy served on the board of directors of Seymour National Bank from 1972 to 1988, and he was chairman of the audit committee.
A few years after leaving Seymour Manufacturing Company, Sandy and Peggy moved to Fishers.
In 1988, he founded Intelligent Resources, an import and export firm where he served as it's president and chief executive officer until 1996.
In 1994, he founded with his sons, Mackinac Development Corporation, where he served as director, adviser and secretary until 2007.
In his private life, Sandy was a member of Seymour Country Club, where he served as a director. He was a Rotary Club member, a member of the Indiana Society of Chicago, a member of Jackson Lodge of the Freemasons where he was a 32nd degree Mason. He was a long-time member of Seymour Elks Club and a member of the Scottish Rite. He also was a member of the National Rifle Association.
A lifelong Christian, he was a member at various times of the Presbyterian, Baptist and Methodist churches in Seymour. In 2012, he was initiated into the Catholic church. He was a member of Holy Spirit at Geist Parish.
He was preceded in death by two infant children, David Birge Hobson and Rita Anne Hobson, and by his parents.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Peggy; children, Stuart Hobson and Stephen Hobson; six grandchildren, David Birge Hobson, 16, Alexander Lopez Hobson, 14, Ian Keilman Hobson, 10, Evan Gatchell Hobson, 10, Lauren Olivia Hobson, 9, and Emeilia Gertrude Hobson, 1; brother, Willis Hobson; and by two nieces and one nephew.
Friends may call at 2 p.m. Tuesday Holy Spirit at Geist Catholic Church, 10350 Glaser Way, Fishers, for visitation and a prayer service.
A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Voss & Sons, with graveside rites immediately following.
In Seymour, friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 11:30 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at the Voss & Sons Funeral Home.
Condolences may be sent to the family through Voss & Sons or directly to the family.
Published in Tribune from Nov. 3 to Nov. 10, 2013
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