Col. James H. Hoag Jr., USAF (ret), 83, of Tioga, Pa., left the flight pattern with throttles on full forward and afterburners lit at 0500 EST 15 Jan 07. New orders were received after a two-year assignment at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Bath, N.Y.
He was born in Sayre, Pa., to Theresa and James Hoag Sr. on Oct. 9, 1923.
After graduating from Sayre High School in 1941, he went on to receive his Bachelor's degree in Public Relations from Boston University. He always kept music in his life and was an upright bass player, a jazz pianist and unknown to most, a copyrighted composer. Like millions of others of his generation who joined the military, he served with honor and distinction as a highly decorated combat fighter pilot in Korea and Vietnam. Along the way he made many friends, raised a family and commanded many airmen, retiring as the wing commander of the 401st Tactical Combat Fighter Wing at Madrid, Spain, in 1970. He would tell you that he was one lucky guy to get paid to fly.
Returning to his home, he resided in Towanda and attended Marywood College in Scranton, earning his master's degree in psychology. He provided private counseling to many over the years and also served as the director of the Tri-County Commission for Drug & Alcoholism Rehabilitation for Bradford, Tioga and Sullivan Counties. Interspersed over those years he developed a much-sought-after expertise in antiques and antique porcelain restoration. Jim was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 235, and The Military Order of the World Wars, the National Air Force Association and the VFW.
Col. Hoag is survived by: his wife, Kay (Ackerman) Hoag of Tioga, Pa.; son, James Hoag III of Rochester, N.Y.; daughter, Amy Miller of Churchville, N.Y.; daughter, Karen Mitchell of Tucson, Ariz.; sister, Mary Lou Adams of Ulster, Pa.; seven loving grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and stepchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Calvary United Methodist Church at 6 Franklin St., Lawrenceville, PA 16929.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Calvary United Methodist Church building fund.
A private burial service will be held at a later date.
James H Hoag Jr
COL US AIR FORCE
Oct 9 1923 Jan 15 2007
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