|Birth: ||Dec. 24, 1963|
|Death: ||Mar. 15, 2007|
Karl D. Hoerig 1963-2007
NEWTON FALLS — Karl Douglas Hoerig, 43, of Newton Falls was pronounced dead Thursday, March 15, 2007, at his residence.
Karl was a lifelong resident of Newton Falls.
Karl was born on Dec. 24, 1963, in Warren, the son of Edwin ‘‘Ed'' Hoerig and Frances Risko Hoerig.
He was a graduate of Newton Falls High School class of 1982. He then continued his education at Youngstown State University, getting his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering.
Having been active in Boy Scouts, it was not a surprise that he joined the U.S. Army and was a sergeant in the military police, then as a chief warrant officer. He was a helicopter pilot for the Army Guard, flying UH1s, then for the Air National Guard as a 1st lieutenant and flew the C130. Most recently he was a chief pilot and aircraft commander in the Air Force Reserves 910th Air Lift Wing as a major.
Over the years he has served his country in the Army and Air Force, earning many awards and ribbons such as the Global War on Terrorism Medal and Expeditionary medals, Iraqi Campaign Medal and Humanitarian Service medal for his efforts during Hurricane Katrina. He received the Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal. He received decorations for Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal and three air medals, Army Service Ribbon and Army Sharpshooter Marksman Ribbon.
He has also flown for US Airways and presently was flying for Southwest Airlines in Boeing 737s.
Karl loved to do woodworking, target shooting, welding and stained glass work.
Karl belonged to the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church for the past few years but spent most of his life at St. Joseph Church in Newton Falls.
He is survived by his parents, Ed and Frances Hoerig ; a daughter, Eva Hoerig ; a son, Brent Hoerig .; a stepson, Michael Peterson ; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Stephen and Kimberly Hoerigand Paul and Anne Hoerig ; a niece and her husband, Megan and Joshua Murphy; a niece, Roxanne Hoerig; and two nephews, Stephen and Cody Hoerig.
Arrangements are being handled by James Funeral Home Inc., 8 E. Broad St., Newton Falls, where the family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, 2007. Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. at James Funeral Home, then the funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, 2007, at St. Joseph's Church. The Rev. Matthew Mankowski will be officiating the service.
Interment with full military honors and a fly-by honoring his many years of service to his country will be at St. Michael's Cemetery in Newton Falls.
Article from The Warren Tribune Chronicle
Karl was murdered, shot 3 times. He was found in his home after 3 days by police. He was reported missing when he didn't show up for work.
910th honors murdered pilot ---- Tribune Chronicle
NEWTON FALLS — The planes that Karl Hoerig flew in life saluted the pilot in death Wednesday.
As services progressed at St. Michael's Cemetery, four C-130 Hercules planes flew low overhead in a ‘‘missing man'' formation.
Military history Web sites say the solemn aerial maneuver, in which one aircraft turns away from the others and flies toward the horizon, is a symbol of honor for a fallen pilot.
Hoerig, the 43 year-old Air Force Reservist who flew in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, was found dead March 15 with multiple gunshot wounds inside his 64 W. Ninth St. home.
While the services were going on, investigators continued to search for Hoerig's wife, Claudia Christine Hoerig. The quest for the 42-year-old native of Brazil may be harder now, as investigators believe she may be in Brazil.
‘‘It's believed that she left the country,'' said Sgt. Pete Pizzulo of the Trumbull County Homicide Task Force. ‘‘There is evidence to support that.''
Hoerig's body was found last Thursday after a member of the Air Force Reserves told Newton Falls police that Hoerig hadn't shown up for work the previous two days.
The discovery launched a homicide investigation by Newton Falls Police Department, the Trumbull County Homicide Task Force and the county coroner. The coroner's office said the decorated pilot's estimated time of death was Monday, March 12.
Members of the 910th Airlift Wing Honor Guard presented Hoerig's father, Ed, with the folded American flag, which had draped the pilot's casket. The unit gave Hoerig a 21- gun salute and a bugler played taps before the final aerial tribute.
Earlier, during the funeral Mass at St. Joseph's Church, the Rev. Matthew Mankowski, described Hoerig as loyal to his friends, a skilled craftsman and a good man who was ‘‘called home.''
‘‘My heart breaks for you,'' Mankowski said to the family. ‘‘No parents should have to bury their son. This is not the way things should be.''
Hoerig is survived by his parents, a son, a daughter and a stepson.
They are looking for Karl's wife who they believe shot him and fled to Brazil. She has been added to the FBI most wanted list.
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