Joe E. Hoghe, age 82 of Middle Point passed away at 1:34 p.m. on Nov. 14, 2020 at the Ft. Wayne VA Hospital.
He was born in Van Wert County on June 16, 1938, to the late Kenneth and Helen (Neer) Hoghe. Raised in the Middle Point area, Joe graduated from Van-Del HS in 1956. After high school he served in the U.S. Army branch of the military.
Joe loved going to the Van Wert Cinemas weekly, playing cards and Bingo. He was known as “Ohio Joe” at his Camp Inn home in Florida, when he would yell “5-5 for the Buckeyes” when the Bingo caller yelled “G-55.” He loved sports and enjoyed coaching men’s softball for many years. Joe was a truck driver for 32 years with Borden Foods and Schneider Transport where he was honored with safe driver awards. His most recent job was working the box office at the Van-Del Drive-In. Joe loved the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Cavaliers and was proud to be an American and adored President Trump. He was a past board member of the V.W. Council on Aging, Middle Point Ball Park, Lincolnview School Board where he served as the first President of the Athletic Booster Club, Moose Lodge, M.P. Amvets and the International Order of Odd Fellows. He was a past member of the Middle Point Snow Twisters. He was also a member of Middle Point United Methodist Church. Joe loved sitting on his porch with family and friends watching his hummingbirds and squirrels.
Joe married Barbara Wilson in 1961 and the late Nancy Hoghe on August 29, 1991. In addition to Nancy, Joe was preceded in death by his son Troy Hoghe, daughter Tracy Bishop, son-in-law Jeff Bidlack and sister Mildred (Bill) Johnson.
Joe is survived by his beloved poodle named Zoey; two daughters, Tina Eley and Tonya Hoghe of Middle Point; step-children Lisa (Tony) Crawford of Convoy, Jenni Bidlack of Van Wert and Donald (Kristin) Rogers of Virginia; son-in-law, Mark Bishop of Florida; sister, Rene (Vernon) Hundley of Middle Point; and brother, Dana Hoghe of Cecil. Joe had eleven grandchildren, Tyler Hoghe, Jackie (Eli) Wagler, Ayla (Jared) Myers, Ryan (Erika) Bidlack, Dustin (Kayla) Bidlack, Heather (Joe) Grant, Jessica (Kyle) Hissong Tony (Miranda) Crawford, Jr.Colten, Cadyn and Constantine Rogers; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Due to Covid 19 considerations, a memorial service for the family will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 28, 2020, at the Middle Point Community Building. Interment will take place at King Cemetery in Washington Township.
Memorials are to the Middle Point United Methodist Church or the Middle Point Fire Department.
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