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CHAMPAIGN – Albert James Hoss, 84, of Champaign passed away at 10:32 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 405 W. Clark St., Champaign. Father Stephen Willard will officiate. Entombment will be in Mount Hope Mausoleum, Champaign.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2, at Morgan Memorial Home, 1304 Regency Drive West, Savoy, with a prayer service at 4:30 p.m.

Albert was born Feb. 28, 1925, in Terre Haute, Ind., a son of Archibald Mathias and Marie Jagodzinski Hoss. He married Mary Ellen Christie on April 15, 1950, in Champaign. She survives.

Also surviving are sons Albert C. Hoss, Timothy M. (Margie) Hoss, Charles Hoss and Michael (Judy) Hoss, all of Champaign, and Patrick (Amy) Hoss of Seymour; grandchildren Jerry Lighty, Susan Lighty, Timothy Hoss Jr., Jennifer Hoss, Mollie Hoss, Sylvia Hoss, Haley Hoss, Michael Hoss Jr., Riley Hoss, Rennick Hoss, Ramsey Hoss; and great-grandchildren Bergen and Mitchell Lighty.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Christie Hoss Malloch, on April 7, 2004, and two brothers, Franklin Hoss and Floyd Hoss.

Albert bypassed his senior year at Danville High School to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II, during which he participated in the D-Day Invasion at Omaha Beach in Normandy. He graduated from the University of Illinois and was a member of its 1946 Rosebowl team.

At his 60th high school reunion he was awarded his high school diploma.

He was an avid hunter.

He owned and operated Service Buick Company in the 1960s and 1970s in Champaign.

He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, Phi Delta Theta, Danville Elks, VFW, and life member of the U of I Alumni Association and President's Club.

Donations may be made to the Charles W. Christie Foundation, 101 W. University, Champaign, IL 61820.

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Published in The News-Gazette from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, 2009.
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November 5, 2009
Dear Hoss Family,
I was Chief's relief man for the 4 years that he worked at the railroad yard. I always looked forward to seeing his smiling face and hearing his pleasant laughter. He was so fun to work with and was LOVED by all of us.

My deepest condolances to all of you.

Mike Rice
November 4, 2009
My heart goes out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
Janet Manthei
November 3, 2009
Chief was a special man and touched so many lives. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Christie Martin
November 3, 2009
Dear Sus - Chief sure lived a very colorful life. Thanks for sharing stories with the "girls" in the office! I am sure he will be greatly missed not only by you and your family, but by all the folks that had the pleasure of knowing him.


Martha Freeland
November 2, 2009
To the Hoss family, Especially my good Friends Mike, Judy, Haley and Mick. My thoughts are with you at this sad time. I wish I could be there. I never Called mr. Hoss, "Albert". It was always"Chief". "Chief and Honey" When Mike and Judy would have their 4th of July party every year, you could always count on Chief to be there with Honey, I would have some nice conversations with him. I was about 20 tears old when I meet him for the first time, he was always kind to me.I'm feel blessed to have known him. Take care of Honey,
Becky Fahraeus,(Smith)
Stratford, Ontario Canada
November 2, 2009
Chief was a great guy and although he didn't know me well he always treated me as such. Your family are all in our thoughts and prayers. - The Taylor family
Andrew Taylor
November 2, 2009
the words are hard to find when you have lost someone who has been part of your life chief was part of ours we will always hold the memories close to us our hearts go out to the hoss family thank you for always making us feel as part of yours
November 2, 2009
To all of the Hoss family,

Our thoughts are of all the good memories that we shared between our two families. May Mr. Hoss have a great journey to those gone before him who will love and keep him till we all meet again. May we all pay tribute to him by putting his huge smile on our faces for a day.

Godspeed Mr. Hoss. We will miss you.
The Browns
November 2, 2009
I would be hard pressed to imagine a pheasant hunt with the Hoss brothers and the chief--without the chief--. He and I would block the end of the fields; while the rest of the hunt party did their thing.
Many nearly true stories, jokes and some true stories were exchanged.

He loved to laugh and was a wizard at making people feel good about themselves and have a good time.

He was a good father and was very proud of his sons.
Dwight & Marilyn Keele
November 2, 2009
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Jenny Lighty
November 2, 2009
To the entire Hoss family:

John and I were so sad to hear about Chief's passing. We both enjoyed visiting with him....we feel blessed to have known such a great man. He was a ray of are all in our thoughts and prayers.
John and Melissa Satterthwaite
November 1, 2009
Just learned this evening of Mr. Hoss's passing. Whenever my father "met up" with the Hoss's, Mary Ellen and AL, it was always Al's utterly true smile that engulfed me as a child then, adult. I so admired Mr. Hoss's disposition. I am blessed to have known Al Hoss. A true loss. I'd have liked to have seen his smile one more time.....So very sorry at your loss Mrs. Hoss (Mary Ellen) and all. God bless you in this time of need.
November 1, 2009
I am so sorry to read about Al's passing. I never saw
Al without a smile on his face. The CUAC will never be the same. God bless you Al!
David Allen
November 1, 2009
Dear Hoss Family,
We were so sorry to hear of your loss.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Jim & Peggy Maddock
November 1, 2009
sorry about your loss . al was agreat man we will be thinking about him in our prayers. the william lowry family,
November 1, 2009
julie lowry meece
November 1, 2009
What a wonderful legacy Chief leaves in his own deeds and his large loving family.

Thinking of you as you celebrate his life.

Jan Delbert
Atlanta, Ga
October 31, 2009
I remember my family buying cars from Al. Great guy! Ed Rawdin
October 31, 2009
October 31, 1009

So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with all of you. May the Lord Bless all of you.

Your Champaign High School Friend,
Ruth Marie Sims (Eakin,Arbuckle)
Winter Texan Harlingen, Texas
October 31, 2009
To the Hoss, Malloch & Lighty Families:

So sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. 'Chief' was a great guy, so sweet and he always had a smile on his face. He touched many hearts and will be missed by many.

Tommy, Cheryl, Danielle & Rebecca Long
Cheryl Long
October 31, 2009
What a great man.

Jim Graham
October 31, 2009
I am very sad to learn the loss of Mr. Hoss.I always enjoyed seeing him as he was always cheerful and showed respect to everyone.He left the world a better place for raising such great kids.My sincere condolences to the entire family.
Don Burwell
October 31, 2009
So sorry for your loss, I miss chatting with him in the back yard.
He was a great guy and good friend to his neighbors. May the Lord Bless & keep him
Dan Cedusky
October 31, 2009
I am truly thankful to have known Al. He is a shining example of a true gentleman and a role model for all parents, grandparents and husbands. One thing is certain, anyone that ever knew "Chief" will have more than enough lasting memories for years to come.
Richard Paul
October 31, 2009
So sorry for your loss. When I was young Al always gave me a hand when I needed it. I will always remember. He was a great man. Smitty
Jim and Karen Smith
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