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.