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William "Bill"  Hoch

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William “Bill” Hoch was born on July 7, 1921 to Joseph and Anna (Zolnowsky) Hoch in Tyndall, South Dakota. Bill graduated from Tyndall High School in 1939 and studied pharmacy at Creighton University for two years before enlisting in the Army Air Corps.  He served in Burma as a cryptographic technician until the end of the Second World War.  On June 3, 1947 he married Vera Balvin and they had two children, Gregory and Jeanne. Bill completed his pharmacy degree at South Dakota State University. In 1948 when his father, who had opened Hoch Drug in 1914, retired Bill began his career as pharmacist and businessman which spanned over sixty-two years. For many of those years, he was the oldest practicing pharmacist in South Dakota.  Working in the drugstore was not only his vocation, but also his greatest joy.
A sports enthusiast, he enjoyed following his favorite baseball and football teams. He also loved to hunt, fish, play golf, attend Wednesday-night meetings of the poker club, and in his later years, frequent pinochle games with his friends.
Bill was a member of St. Leo's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the Tyndall Fire Department, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Rotary Club, and the Chamber of Commerce.
Bill is survived by his daughter and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, son, parents, and his five siblings. 

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Guestbook

I just found out Bill has passed. My thoughts, prayers and sympathy are with the Hoch family. I will always remember the days I spent in Hoch Drug chatting with Bill about the stock market, and especially Apple. My dad and Bill spent a lot of time together playing cards which I know they both really enjoyed. I will miss Bill greatly. He was a very good man who did so, so much for the community. With my deepest Sympathy. Mark Campbell

Mark Campbell May 11 2015 11:44 PM

Mr. Hoch was a Angel living among us here on earth. He was the most loving, caring, understanding and giving person I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He touched so many lives in so many ways and certainly when they needed it most. He was very humble, always spoke softly, and had a sparkle in his eyes. God is receiving a Angel, now in heaven where he will do good things and continue on with his immeasurable love and goodness. He left his mark on my heart...I will miss him. Love and Sympathy to you all. <3 Melody

Melody Burtt Jensen May 11 2015 9:52 PM

Dear Jeanne and Family, my condolences to all of you for your loss. He was obviously dedicated to his life long profession and the community. He always had time for a chat when I stopped by the drug store. You are in my prayers.

Bev Wilson May 9 2015 9:18 AM

Our condolence to you Jeanne in the passing of your wonderful Dad, Bill Hoch. Your Dad was a part of our lives starting with my grandparents, Maurice & Amelia Wagner,my uncles, aunt and with my parents, Frank & Evelyn Kvasnicka. Mr. Hoch always being the gentlemen and always willing in giving of his professional advice. It was a sad day when Hoch Drug Store closed in Tyndall. Your Dad deserved to enjoy his well earned retirement. It's a bittersweet ending to an era and history to Tyndall SD that will never be repeated again. I'm so glad I carry the memories of your Dad and I was a part of such a wonderful time when Tyndall was blessed with Hoch Drug Store and Mr. Bill Hoch, Beloved Pharmacist.

Elaine Soukup May 9 2015 12:28 AM

Jeanne, you have our sympathy in the loss of your Father. He was a great inspiration to the community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

Barb and Merlin Goehring May 8 2015 9:11 PM

A great and gentle man has gone to his reward. I enjoyed working with him. He has done many things for the community and many individuals. Peace be with you.

norma bender May 8 2015 11:23 AM

The Taplett family extends their most deepest sympathy Jean! Your dad and our dad were life long friends from childhood to adulthood. Mom and dad will be welcoming your dad up above along with your mom and Greg. Maybe even a martini or two. Our families go way back and the memories are countless. Joan said she remembers your dad always walking by the house on his way to work each day. Tyndall has lost another great person! Prayers and much love!

Taplett family May 8 2015 9:11 AM

My sympathies to Bill's family. He was a pillar to the community and surrounding commumities. He will be always remembered for his kind and gererous ways. He was a very caring man.

Nina Reiff May 8 2015 7:40 AM

Sorry for your loss. Bill was a nice guy, hen ever we had a question on medicine .and what to take with what.. explained everything and even stirred a person to the generic that worked just as good, thought that was very nice to do.

tammyhouska May 8 2015 7:18 AM

Jeanne, Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Please know also that your dad was always the gentleman and a very kind sole during the time that he stayed here at St.Michael's. It was a pleasure to take care of him during his time of need just as he always tried to take care of others. I will always remember him, when my children were smaller we always ended up with the neighborhood's stray kittens and when they were to young to eat on their own your dad would give my children the expired formula from the drug store to feed the kittens with, somehow the kittens always survived and at one point we had six cats!

Dawn Jensen May 7 2015 10:29 PM

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