JOHN RICHARD HOGE (1946-2020)
John Richard Hoge left this life shortly before midnight on July 29,2020 and a storied life it was.
Born on July 12, 1946 in Willoughby, Ohio to William Charles Hoge and Grace Rose Vohlers Hoge, he was the fifth child of six. John graduated from Willoughby South High School in 1964, served in the US Navy from 1964 to 1967 and graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1970.
He started his career as a banking industry software developer in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1980, he landed in Plano, Texas with his first wife Lin, where he managed banking software projects for Sterling Software. These included working with banks in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Scotland, the Federal Reserve Bank of India, and a 3 year assignment working with English banks in London. He then joined the staff at Metavante Technologies where he managed Assurance Quality and testing for banking software products and their Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Team. At the time of his passing he was a valued employee of RealPage, Inc., where he was the software Quality Assurance analyst for banking and health care applications. Many of his associates have commented how much they will miss his advice. To share his expertise John was a founding board member of the Dallas Fort Worth Quality Assurance Association, part of the Quality Associates Global institute. He also earned the title as a SCRUM Master, i.e. Scrum is a collaborative Agile development framework that breaks large processes ... or other means regarding information relevant to my professional interests.
The last 10 years he volunteered with Watermark Community Church as a mentor in the Careers in Motion Job Transition Ministry. This ministry helped people move from one career to another which was very tough after the 2008 economic downturn. Many other people, inside and outside his family, have commented on how he has given of himself to overcome tough times in their lives.
But all was not just work and helping others. John was an avid golfer. He had a regular gang which played every week at different courses. They were all just trying to “Be like Jack”. He also had a short career as a horse breeder and racer. Both efforts showed how he never gave up.
He took great joy from a family that spanned the United States from coast to coast and Alaska to Texas. Included are brothers Andrew (Carol), William (Barbara), James (Drusilla) and Henry (Doreen) and a sister, Rose Mary. Those brothers added 3 nephews, Kevin (Amy), Michael and Peter, and 3 nieces, Anne (Michael), Jenna (Derek) and Elizabeth (Kevin), to the clan. The nephews and nieces brought great nephews, Luke, Jason and Traian, and great nieces, Ella, Ava, Emily, Elise, Nora and Evelyn to the throng.
His marriage to Ali expanded his joy as he added his step-daughters, Stephanie (Kevin), Carolyn (Jim) and Kristina and their families to his family. Included were granddaughters, Davaughna and Kelsey, and grandsons, Devin, Austin and Joseph, to dote on. They were truly the loves of his life and he was so proud of their successes.
If a family reunion was planned, he was the first to say he would be there and there he was with jokes, pranks and laughter. When he connected with anyone in the family, his first words were “Hey love!”.
John's favorite times of the year was Christmas. He loved getting together with family, friends and attending the holiday parties. John was very festive with his holiday attire. Each year he would add to his collection of singing, dancing toys. He loved to put a smile on your face and keep the joy and laughter in the air. He celebrated the holidays with his daughters and family each year.
He was pre-deceased by his parents, brother Andrew, sister-in-law Barbara and nieces Jenna and Amy.
A Celebration of his life will be held on August 28th, 2020. We will honor him by laying his ashes to rest at The DFW National Cemetery for his service in the US Navy.
Memorial Service at 11:30 am located 17390 Preston Rd, Suite 310, Dallas TX 75252
Committal Service at 2:30 pm located 2000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas TX 75211
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Careers in Motion. Please send donations to Watermark Community Church, 7540 LB Johnson Parkway, Dallas Texas, 75251. Please note in the memo line of your check “CIM-John Hoge”.
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