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Gary Howard Hoch

December 8, 1954 — February 16, 2022

North Manchester

Gary Howard Hoch, 67, North Manchester, passed peacefully on February 16, 2022 at home. The son of Beaver Edward and Eloise Pearl (Zook) Hoch, Gary was born December 8, 1954 in Huntington, Indiana.

After graduating from Manchester High School in 1972, Gary went on to earn his CNC Operator license from Ivy Tech in Warsaw. On April 4, 1981, he married Mary Ann Mugford and the two would welcome two children, J.D. and Megan. He was a farming hobbyist who always worked hard and collector of many things that he called “his treasures.” Gary retired from Zimmer-Biomet in June 2021 after more than ten years with the company.

Gary was an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed taking his son, J.D., hunting and his grandchildren fishing. He cut wood daily and was a skilled storyteller. There was never a dull moment when Gary was involved; he was quite the comedian and strong-willed. Gary was a dedicated IU basketball and Chicago Bears fan and enjoyed watching Westerns on Grit T.V. Most of all, Gary loved his family and had a huge soft spot for his grandchildren and dogs.

The loving memory of Gary Howard Hoch will be forever cherished by his wife, Mary Ann Hoch; son J.D. Hoch, Bippus; daughter, Megan (Nick) Krom, Urbana; sister, Kathy (Steve) Kamphues; grandchildren, Rya Hoch, Connor Krom and Caiden Krom. He was preceded in death by his parents, Beaver Edward and Eloise Pearl (Zook) Hoch; one brother, Jeffrey Hoch and one sister, Diane Hoch.

Family and friends may call Sunday, February 20, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Funeral services will begin at the conclusion of calling on February 20, 2022 with Pastor J.P. Freeman will officiating.

For those who wish to honor the memory of Gary Hoch, memorials may be made to the Wabash County Animal Shelter, 810 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, Indiana, 46992.

The family of Gary Hoch has entrusted McKee Mortuary with care and final arrangements.


Wabash County Animal Shelter
810 Manchester Avenue, Wabash IN 46992

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