Leonard Arnold Hoge

Leonard Arnold Hoge passed away peacefully on 5/23/2022 of declining health at Eden Acres Care Center in Perry, IA. He was 79.

Leonard was born at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, IA on 11/23/1942 to Arnold Smith Hoge and Mildred Rockwell Hoge of Springville, IA.

When he was 13 years old he moved with his parents and sister Helen to Monteverde, Costa Rica, to join a Friends (Quaker) Community there. He attended Scattergood Friends School near West Branch, IA, for part of his high school years, but graduated from Monteverde Friends School. He received a Bachelor's Degree from Wilmington College in Wilmington, OH. He spent time with the Peace Corps in Panama and later earned a Master's Degree in Library Science.

In 1974 Leonard married Olivia Ann Mendenhall in Costa Rica. To this 11 year marriage, two children were born: Gail Alicia Hoge Nelson and Carson Luis Hoge.

He was predeceased by his son Carson, his parents and his sister, Helen Mildred Hoge Kemp.

He is survived by his daughter, Gail(Jay) Nelson of North Liberty, IA, his grandson, Brogan Nelson, his sister Winifred (Ellis) Standing of rural EArlham, IA, 3 nieces (Cheri, Kathy & Lori), 2 nephews (Steve & Clay) and their families.

Leonard's interest in the teachings of the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho) began in the late 1970's and continued for the rest of his life.

He held strong beliefs in the importance of peace and social justice.

He enjoyed sports all his life, playing baseball and tennis in his youth and watching games in person or on TV in later years. He had a nice singing voice and became proficient on the ukulele as a young adult. He introduced his young nieces to The Beach Boys in the early 1960's and liked to dance along to the record he gave their family.

Leonard loved his children deeply, although devastating illnesses robbed them of time together. Len's life was ravaged by Bipolar Disorder, diagnosed in his 20's; Carson's life was cut short by Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. In spite of these tragedies, Leonard had a sweet disposition and sense of humor. When he and his siblings were together there was a lot of laughter; these memories are among the ones we will always cherish.

According to Leonard's wishes, his body will be cremated and Gail will scatter his ashes in Bear Creek near Earlham, IA. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Posted online on June 06, 2022

Published in Dallas County News

Leonard Arnold Hoge

Leonard Arnold Hoge passed away peacefully on 5/23/2022 of declining health at Eden Acres Care Center in Perry, IA. He was 79.

Leonard was born at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, IA on 11/23/1942 to Arnold Smith Hoge and Mildred Rockwell Hoge of Springville, IA.

When he was 13 years old he moved with his parents and sister Helen to Monteverde, Costa Rica, to join a Friends (Quaker) Community there. He attended Scattergood Friends School near West Branch, IA, for part of his high school years, but graduated from Monteverde Friends School. He received a Bachelor's Degree from Wilmington College in Wilmington, OH. He spent time with the Peace Corps in Panama and later earned a Master's Degree in Library Science.

In 1974 Leonard married Olivia Ann Mendenhall in Costa Rica. To this 11 year marriage, two children were born: Gail Alicia Hoge Nelson and Carson Luis Hoge.

He was predeceased by his son Carson, his parents and his sister, Helen Mildred Hoge Kemp.

He is survived by his daughter, Gail(Jay) Nelson of North Liberty, IA, his grandson, Brogan Nelson, his sister Winifred (Ellis) Standing of rural EArlham, IA, 3 nieces (Cheri, Kathy & Lori), 2 nephews (Steve & Clay) and their families.

Leonard's interest in the teachings of the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho) began in the late 1970's and continued for the rest of his life.

He held strong beliefs in the importance of peace and social justice.

He enjoyed sports all his life, playing baseball and tennis in his youth and watching games in person or on TV in later years. He had a nice singing voice and became proficient on the ukulele as a young adult. He introduced his young nieces to The Beach Boys in the early 1960's and liked to dance along to the record he gave their family.

Leonard loved his children deeply, although devastating illnesses robbed them of time together. Len's life was ravaged by Bipolar Disorder, diagnosed in his 20's; Carson's life was cut short by Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. In spite of these tragedies, Leonard had a sweet disposition and sense of humor. When he and his siblings were together there was a lot of laughter; these memories are among the ones we will always cherish.

According to Leonard's wishes, his body will be cremated and Gail will scatter his ashes in Bear Creek near Earlham, IA. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Posted online on June 06, 2022

Published in Dallas County News