William H. “Bill” Hoehne, 79, was called to his eternal rest Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, at OHSU, surrounded by family after his battle with leukemia.
He was born June 11, 1943, the son of Gottfried and Vernie (Wolf) Hoehne in St. Louis. He was the youngest of six children.
He attended high school at St. Paul, Concordia, graduated from Lutheran High South, St. Louis, and Concordia College, Seward, Neb.
Bill was united in marriage to Arlene L. Heins, June 18, 1966, at Peace Lutheran in Philomath, Ore., where her father, Rev. Norbert Heins preformed the ceremony. Bill and Arlene met at Concordia College. They just celebrated 56 years of marriage.
He served as a teacher and program director at Bethesda Lutheran Home in Watertown, Wis., and administrator and assistant director at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Terra Bella, Calif. He sold real estate for Century 21 and retired from the Corvallis Post Office after 22 years. In retirement, he worked part-time at Clayton Homes, MT Motors, The Oregon Golf Club and the Albany KOA campground. He was a life-long Lutheran and member of Zion Lutheran in Corvallis, Ore., where he served as president, Bible class leader, school board member, choir member and trustee.
Bill was a life-long sports fan which started in grade school when he was a golf caddy. He officiated high school basketball and football games, plus served as a statistic recorder for the NCAA football officials at Parker Stadium for 40 years and also ran the game clocks at the OSU women’s basketball games.
He enjoyed golfing, reading, camping, fishing, traveling, hunting in his younger days, volkswalking and attending the activities of his children and grandchildren.
In his youth, he had fond memories of driving to his job at a dog kennel after his dad put blocks on the car pedals so he could use the car. He also enjoyed playing his trumpet on a Mississippi steamboat. Another fond memory was working at his dad’s rock quarry during high school and college setting off explosives.
He was preceded in death by parents Gottfried and Vernie; and three brothers-in-law.
Bill is survived by wife Arlene; sons Timothy “Wil” (Glory), and Derek (Jessica); grandchildren Jackson, Sasha and Nova; siblings Carolyn Zimmerman of Owensville, Jacquelyn Fischer of Rome, Ga., Donna Busch of Hermann, Richard (Sharon) of Cuba and Rev. Ronald (Marie) of Macon; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Nov. 5, at Zion Lutheran, Corvallis, Ore.