John T. Hogan

John T. Hogan, age 76 of LaFarge died Tuesday April 30, 2019.



Sample Image John Thomas Hogan, age 76 of LaFarge died Tuesday April 30, 2019 at the Bland Bekkedal Center for Hospice care.

John was born in Belvidere, IL on October 11, 1942 to John and Veronica (McCarragher) Hogan. He was raised on his family farm in Arena Wisconsin with his seven siblings. He was second oldest of the family and looked up to with respect from all of his siblings. John had various jobs over the years including working on the family farm, drilling and eventually being promoted to Bridge Inspector for the State of Wisconsin. He loved telling stories of his adventures on the “snooper truck”.

John and Margaret “Maggie” Smith met after John had the road closed between Rockton and Ontario, making Maggie late for a funeral. Maggie had some words for him that day which she soon forgot after meeting him again in town and quickly making a connection. John was a true romantic, despite being a bachelor for so many years. He would often write love notes, poems and bring home flowers for Maggie, winning her heart even more.

John and Maggie were married on New Year’s Day, January 1, 1987 at the United Methodist Church in LaFarge. He became an instant father and grandfather that day, a title he fulfilled in every way. With his soft-spoken manner and warm spirit he guided his girls and eventually his grandchildren in his love of family, nature and life in general. John became an accepted member of Maggie’s large family (of thirteen siblings) where he became “one of the guys”. 

John and Maggie were longtime members the Hillsboro Sportsman Club. He loved turkey and deer hunting mostly on the family farm in Arena, but also with Maggie’s family, Melvyn, Dale, Butch, Kevin, Mike and others. He and Maggie spent countless hours at “Birch Acres” campground, throwing horseshoes, playing cards, and “talking smart”. John loved to fish; always a family activity, and that love was passed onto his grandchildren. John felt it was his duty to see to it that he gave each grandchild their very first fishing pole, even to the point once by bringing the rod and reel to the hospital maternity ward. In his quiet times, John was an avid reader of current events and history. National Geographic magazines overflowed his shelves as he was always interested in the world around him. John was a proud Irishman, beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend. God bless our memories of John.

John is survived by; his wife of 32 years Maggie, his daughters through Maggie, Kathy (Duane) Roberts, Crystal (Jim) Hanson, and her younger twin Christine (Kevin) Dean, his 10 grandchildren Heather (Brad Brokaw) Roberts, Dustin Roberts, Molly Hanson, Molli Peterson, Maggie Peterson, Jaden (Cory) Copus, Dawson Dean, Corey Camlek, Jace Dean and Aaron Camlek. John is further survived by brothers and sisters on both his and Maggie’s sides of the family, including; Hugh (dec. Maggie) Hogan, Marilyn (dec. Bill) Danielson, Maureen Frame, Bill (Julianne) Hogan, Mike (Joni) Hogan, and Lucille (Jim) Spinoso, as well as, Rose (dec. Jim Burch) Tydrich, Lola (Dale) Parker, Sharon (dec. Butch) Coleman, Marilyn Roaden, Gail (dec. John) Burch, Brenda (dec. Jerry) Burch, Sheila (Scott) Garver, Beckie (dec. Jim) Peterson, Debbie Burch, Linda (Lonnie) Kutina, Ardene (Jody) Wirts and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

John is also preceded in death by his parents, another brother Jim Hogan, and other brothers and sister-in law Eldon Nofsinger, and Melvyn (Sharon) Burch.

The family wishes to extend their special thank you to Dr. Sedgwick for his attentiveness, care, patience and unexpected house calls…Thank you. Also a special thanks to the staff at the Bland Bekkedal Center staff for their superior, compassionate care.

Visitation for John will be Sunday May 5, 2019 from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M. at the Vosseteig Funeral Home in LaFarge. Funeral Services for John will be at 1:00 P.M. Monday May 6, 2019 at the United Methodist Church, 212 W. Penn St. in LaFarge with a visitation at the church for one hour prior to the service from 12-noon to 1:00 P.M. Pastor Eileen Kuehnl will officiate with burial following the service at Mt. Tabor Cemetery on Cty. Rd. V outside of Hillsboro. There will be a luncheon at the church.

In lieu of flowers or plants, memorials should be directed to the Bland Bekkedal Center for Hospice Care, in Viroqua.

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The Vosseteig Funeral Home, 203 N. State St. in LaFarge is serving the family. (608) 625-4244.

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