Karl Hogeback, 82, of Murphy, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in a Murphy care facility.
Karl was a native of Washington, D.C., where he lived until 1990 when he retired to Murphy.
Karl entered the United States Army out of high school and was a veteran of the Korean War. He served in the 11th Airborne and was very proud of being a paratrooper.
Karl had worked at PEPCO for 32 years as an electrical mechanic and welder.
Karl was active locally. He and his wife had adopted a section of Martins Creek Road. Karl had also helped establish the original humane society in Cherokee County. He built kennels and helped medicate the animals, and also helped start the original humane society thrift store.
He enjoyed carpentry and loved wildlife.
He was the son of the late Henry Bernard and Mariechen Kopke Hogeback, and husband of the late Helen Louise Ardeeser Hogeback, who died Oct, 8, 2003. He was also preceded in death by a son, Joe Osborn.
Surviving are two daughters, Virginia Marie Hogeback of Murphy and Tina Louise Osborn of Frederick, Md.; two sons, Carl Michael Osborn and wife Christine of Marble, and George Edward Osborn of Bryans Road, Md.; a brother, Tony Hogeback and wife Joan of Lexington Park, Md.; four grandchildren, Raven and Dakota Hogeback, and Kyle and Krista Torney; three great-grandchildren, Alice, Mason and Chase Fink; special friends, Akim, Delena and Alyssa Hawkins; and several nieces and nephews.
An inurnment will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at Old Martins Creek Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by Murphy DAV Chapter 73, American Legion Post 96, Hayesville VFW Post 6812 and American Legion Post 532.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in memory of Karl Hogeback to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington DC 20090-6011 or alz.org.
Ivie Funeral Home, Murphy, is in charge of all arrangements.
An online guest register is available at www.iviefuneralhomeinc.com.
In reflection of Karl’s love of poetry, the family would like to share one of Karl’s original poems written with regard to Karl’s outlook on life:
“He gave us many wonders to share
“As through life we go
“Vast plains and beautiful valleys
“And mountains laced with snow
“Each day a new beginning
“Each season a new face
“Each trouble a solution
“As our faith in Him we place
“He gave us many wonders
“To see, to feel, to do
“As life must end sometime
“It also starts anew
“He gave us many wonders
“As He looked down from above
“But the greatest that He gave to man
“Was the gift of love
“Yes, His greatest gift is love.”