Clyde Eugene Hogue, 86, passed away peacefully on the morning of September 26, 2009 at the home of his daughter in Mount Ayr, Iowa after a lengthy illness of congestive heart failure.
He was born in Ringgold county, Iowa on December 4, 1922. His twin brother, Carl Edward, did not survive the birth and he always wondered what his life would have been like if Carl Edward would have walked through life with him.
Clyde was married to Phyllis Irene Pacha on January 2, 1943 in Maryville, Missouri with Dick and Marge Yashack as witnesses. Clyde always laughed that he had forgotten his billfold and Dick had to pay the minister.
Clyde worked in the gas station business in Diagonal, Iowa with his brother-in-law, Raymond Payne, and others. He quickly learned to be a good listener and to have very strong work ethics. He always tried to do 110 percent in all of his employments and passed this on to his children. He felt honesty and loyalty were treasures of the soul.
Clyde served in the United States Army and served in World War II as a tank driver. He was one of the first 120 men on Omaha Beach on D-Day. He had vivid memories of D-Day and was honored in the documentary, ‘Lest Thee Be Forgotten.’
His proudest moments were serving his country. He was injured 30 days into the war and was sent to England to recuperate and finally was able to come home to Phyllis.
After leaving the military, Clyde was employed by the United States Postal Service as a rural carrier in Diagonal and later as a city carrier in Tempe, Arizona after moving to Mesa, Arizona in 1966.
He was a man of few words but long on thoughts. He taught his children right from wrong and to always be truthful no matter what the consequences.
Clyde is survived by his children, Patricia Ann Reidhead and husband Marvin of Mount Ayr, Iowa, Gregory Eugene Hogue and wife Rhonda of Buckeye, Arizona and Barbara Kay Arnett and husband Darren of Chandler, Arizona; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren, and one brother, J.M. Newton of Marion, Iowa.
Clyde was preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis; his parents, Jeff and Maude (Jones) Hogue; brothers, Carl Edward Hogue, Troyal Tharp, Thomas Tharp and Truman Tharp, and a sister, Elizabeth Payne.
His family will never forget the care and loving support of Hospice of Central Iowa that they provided Clyde during the last few months.
Memorials can be made to Morris-Herrold Post #395, American Legion in Diagonal, Iowa. Arrangements were made through Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home.
Services were conducted at the United Church of Diagonal in Diagonal on Wednesday, September 30, 2009, with Rev. Bruce Giese and Rev. Eydie Stephens officiating. Musical selections were ‘Go Rest High On That Mountain,’ ‘Grandpa’ and ‘Closer Walk With Thee.’
Casket bearers included Robb Pyle, Casey Brooks, Colby Brooks, Marvin Reidhead, Darren Arnett and Frank Gunsolley.
Honorary pallbearers were Morris Smith, Dean Gardner and (In Memory Of) Dick Yashack, R.A. ‘Bud’ Beymer and Byron ‘Gene’ Gunsolley.
Military rites were by Morris-Herrold Post #395 American Legion.
Clyde was laid at rest in the Marshalltown Cemetery, Benton, Iowa.