David W. Hoh was called to his heavenly home on Saturday, November 19, 2016, with his family at his side to bid him farewell and angels and archangels to bid him welcome! He has had an exciting 85-year journey with a wonderful wife, seven children, great friends, travel, several careers, a great hobby, and all good things to make life wonderful. Now, with knowledge gained through holy inspiration, onward to Eternity with the Heavenly Lord and Savoir is a certainty.
Many will remember David as the pastor of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he began serving in 1991, upon retiring from the US Army Chaplaincy. David retired from First Lutheran in 1997, although he continued to minister in many ways to the end of his life.
Others will remember Dave as an enthusiast of building and flying small airplanes. He learned continuously, he taught, he flew, and built. David constantly upgraded the airplanes he flew, but mostly there was not much to upgrade.
Fewer will remember Dave as a soldier, since much time has passed. Enlisting in 1950, he served in the 82nd Airborne Infantry Division. Following that early service he entered into the Lutheran ministry. His first church was Mt. Calvary in St. Paul, Minnesota. Then he returned to the Army as a chaplain, where he remained 31 more years serving in many countries in Europe and Asia. Among Dave’s numerous decorations and awards are two Legions of Merit, three Bronze Stars, three Meritorious Service medals, two Air Medals, and the highest medal awarded for foreigners, the Mugunghwa Medal (Honor Medal) from South Korea. While he received many other citations, decorations, and medals, Dave’s favorite was the Master Parachutist badge.
David was preceded in death by his daughter, Julie Lounsbury; and his parents, Oscar John Christian Hoh and Esther Spring Hoh; and his brother-in-law, Charles Bose.
He leaves behind on this earth his wife, Kay; six children: Nancy and Charles Forseth of Augusta, WI; Elizabeth and Lester Grossman of Aurora, IL; Lindsey Hoh and Gloria Rodriguez of Austin, TX; Ann Hoh of Montgomery, IL; David Hoh of Neptune, NJ; and Peter Hoh of Houston; son-in-law, Daniel Lounsbury of New York; thirteen grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; three sisters: Mary Ann Bose of Carson City, NV; Jean Krycho and husband, Paul, of Albuquerque, NM; and Sue Hasse and husband, Allen, of San Mateo CA; and numerous nieces, nephews, and many great friends.
David’s family will receive visitors beginning at 10:00 am, Wednesday, November 30, at First Lutheran Church, 2415 Winnie, in Galveston. A funeral service will begin at 12:00 noon, officiated by Rev. Richard Rhoades. Following the service, there will be a celebration of Dave’s journey in the parish hall of First Lutheran Church.
Thanks be to God!!!