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Another Member of Rock Prairie passes into the Next Musical Chapter...

Posted by rppaa1 on March 12, 2013 at 11:40 PM

Don Hoague, long-time Tuba/ Brass player for the U-Rock Community/ Rock Prairie Concert/ UW-Rock County Concert Band has passed away at the age of 93 on March 7th.


Don also provided his brass playing skill to the now defunct, and close to our history, Janesville Municipal Band.


Here is Don's Obituary from Sunday, March 10th, The (Janesville) Gazette;

January 13, 1920 - March 7, 2013

Donald C. Hoague, 93, of Janesville, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Rock Haven Nursing Home. Donald was born in Janesville on Jan. 13, 1920, the son of George and Ella (Nightengale) Hoague. He graduated from Janesville High School where he was active in band and orchestra. He later attended the University of Wisconsin short course. He married Irene E. Schulthess on July 3, 1954. He had been a member of the National Guard Band when he served with the 121st Field Artillery. Donald was employed for 40 years at Parker Pen Company, where he was active with the United Rubber Workers Union, having served as its president for several years. Throughout the years, Don was very active in musical groups and played in the Parker Pen Band, the Janesville Municipal Band, the U-Rock Community Band, the Rock Prairie Concert Band, the Janesville Senior Center Band and with a five piece German Band. In addition to playing and listening to music.


Don enjoyed home remodeling, gardening, camping and traveling. The traveling times he was especially fond of during his life, includes being a chaperone for the Janesville High School band, when they traveled to the Worlds Fair in New York in 1965 while his daughter was a member of the band; camping trips to Europe and Alaska; rafting the Colorado River; and he and Irene‘s 25th wedding anniversary trip to Hawaii.


Surviving are his wife, Irene; two children, Gerald Hoague of Middleton, WI, and Virginia (Anil) Aggarwal of Redwood City, CA; one brother, Vilas (Shirley) Hoague of Janesville; two sisters, Geneieve Brunhoeffer of Milwaukee, WI, and Betty (Keith) Oldfield of Janesville; five grandchildren: Todd (Denise) Koltes of Sun Prairie, WI, Cindi Lee (Alex) Zuran of Phoenix, AZ, Craig Koltes of Minneapolis, MN, Laurie Hoague of Eau Claire, WI, and Kevin Hoague of Madison, WI; four great-grandchildren: Zachary Zuran, Alexander Zuran, Andrew Zuran, all of Phoenix, AZ, and Thomas Koltes of Sun Prairie, WI; many nieces; and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Jack R. Hoague; five brothers: Kenneth, Raymond, Robert, Russell and George; and two sisters, Harriet and Ella May.


Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at HENKE-CLARSON FUNERAL HOME, 1010 N. Wright Rd, Janesville with Pastor Richard Lehmann officiating. Burial will be in Milton Lawns Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 10 until 11 a.m. Wednesday, at HENKE-CLARSON FUNERAL HOME.


We at the Rock Prairie Performing Arts Association express our deepest sympathies to Don's family and friends.


You will be missed by all of us here.

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