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In Memory of

Edward Dale Hoag

November 17, 1944 - January 1, 2017

Obituary


Edward Dale Hoag, 72, of Waterloo, Illinois, born, November 17, 1944 was called home by his heavenly father while sleeping Mother's Day morning.

Edward formerly known as "Ed" was the past president of the West Side Optimist Club and an avid bass fisherman. Ed proudly served his country in the United States Army, during the Vietnam War. He had a true love for his country and was drafted, March 19, 1968. He completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. While in Vietnam he served as a Platoon sergeant, on May 20, 1969 when...

Edward Dale Hoag, 72, of Waterloo, Illinois, born, November 17, 1944 was called home by his heavenly father while sleeping Mother's Day morning.

Edward formerly known as "Ed" was the past president of the West Side Optimist Club and an avid bass fisherman. Ed proudly served his country in the United States Army, during the Vietnam War. He had a true love for his country and was drafted, March 19, 1968. He completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. While in Vietnam he served as a Platoon sergeant, on May 20, 1969 when his unit was engaged in a reconnaissance in the Giao Duc District. He maneuvered across 200 meters of mined, fire swept terrain to aid and evacuate wounded comrades. Gaining the name, Sgt. Hoag, he was awarded the National Defense Service medal, Vietnam Service medal, Vietnam Campaign medal, Army Commendation Medal V Device, Bronze Star Medal V Device and the Combat Infantryman badge for his heroism and strength.

His 39th infantry comrades were relocated in Hawaii, but he was transferred to the 47th infantry, another veteran unit of the "Old Reliables" who remained in Vietnam. Upon returning home, St. Patrick's Day of 1970, he renewed his passion to serve his community in the real estate field, doing appraisals for V.A. and local lenders. His most memorable moments were those spent with his loving family. Ed was a loving husband, dad, brother, uncle and friend. He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his infant son, Jason Edward Hoag and his parents Edward A. and Faye (nee Heiney) Hoag.

Surviving to cherish him are; the love of his life, of 52 years, his wife, Paula (nee Hopper) Hoag; his loving son, Derek Hoag "D-Rock"; four sisters, Sharon Kreutz, Carol McHenry, Darlene Elkins and Linda Eisenman; a sister-in-law, Beverly Dale and a number of nieces, nephews, dear relatives and friends that will cherish his memory.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the Diabetic Foundation, Wounded Warriors or the family of Mr. Hoag. Additional condolences and memories may be made online at www.lakeviewfuneralhm.com

Services: Please join family and friends as we honor Ed, Monday, May 22, 2017 at 10:30am at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery for a memorial celebration and full military honors. Family and friends are asked to gather at 9:30am, Monday, May 22, 2017 at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Illinois to join in procession with the Patriot Guard Riders to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

The family of Edward Dale Hoag will honor his wishes to cremate and celebrate his life at the VFW Post 805, O'Fallon, Illinois, at a future date. All cremation services will be arranged by Lake View Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Illinois.