Created on Thursday, 02 May 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Seven days before his 83rd birthday, on April 30, 2013, Ivan Dale Hoge of Findlay went home to be with the Lord he loved and that he had served the majority of his life.
He was the beloved husband of Orma L. Boyce Hoge for 61 years. His passing was unexpected and quick, just as he always hoped it would be. He was predeceased by his parents, Clifford O. and Nadean Hoge, and his only brother, Earl E. Hoge.
Besides his ever-faithful wife, Orma, Ivan is survived by son, David E. (Susie) Hoge of Lima, youngest son, Dean A. Hoge of Findlay, daughter, Sheila A. Bibler of Dayton and youngest daughter, Suzanne M. (Jim) O’Connor of Murrieta, Calif.; 11 loving grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; his much cherished and only sister, Gladys L. Hoge Bartlett of Charlotte, N.C.; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Ivan was born in LaRue on May 7, 1930. He graduated from Ridgeway High School and in 1948, joined the Air Force and remained in the service until 1952. On Christmas Eve 1951, he went on a blind date and met the love of his life, Orma Leah. After a whirlwind romance, they married on Feb. 13, 1952. They moved to the Dayton area in 1952 and Ivan worked as a civilian at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in a telegrapher position. He also completed studies at Miami Jacobs College in Dayton.
Ivan enjoyed a successful career as an employee of Marathon Oil Company for 31 years in the area of Marketing Operations Planning Analysis, opting for an early retirement in 1986. He then stayed busy with the creation of a new business, Black Bart Stove and Patio, which enjoyed many years of success in the Findlay area. All the while, he continued to keep his accountant skills sharp and at the time of his passing, he was still putting them to good use. He maintained a daily schedule of providing tax services to numerous longtime clients, many of which were his close friends and acquaintances.
Ivan was blessed with a God-given talent for singing. Over the years he brought pleasure to many with his robust and melodic bass voice. Early opportunities included barbershop singing and a choral group at Marathon Oil Company.
After committing his life to the Lord as a young adult, he dedicated a life-time of honoring Him with his talent and he continued enjoying this true passion of his for more than 50 years. In fact, his last solo was just several weeks ago, singing at the funeral of a friend. He sang solos at countless weddings, funerals, county fairs, special functions and church cantatas. Ivan’s first experience with quartet singing was The Gospel Messengers. They started in 1962 and ministered in song for 10 years. They were instrumental in bringing many of today’s nationally known quartets to the Findlay area that entertained gospel singing fans for miles around. After they disbanded, a new group called The Continental Gospel Aires joined efforts and sang for several years. His final gospel quartet was formed in 1984, The Ambassadors, which also included his son, David. They continued singing until 2001.
Ivan loved his family and life. He was blessed with many years of wonderful health that included a strong body and sound mind. He continually gave all the praise and thanks to his Maker for so many good things in his life. The Hoge family thanks God for the gift of his life and the countless blessings bestowed upon them because of his unwavering love and commitment to the Lord.
Visitation is from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, 205 W. Sandusky St., Findlay, and one hour prior to a memorial service and celebration of Ivan’s homecoming at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Upper Room Church of God, 520 W. Bigelow Ave., Findlay, officiated by the Rev. Terry McBeath. Burial is in Maple Grove Cemetery, Findlay.
Express condolences at www.coldrencrates.com.