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In Memory of John Hoggatt


Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 3:00 - 7:00 PM at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson, WI; as well as one hour prior to the service on Monday.

Funeral Services

Monday, April 23, 2018 at 5:00 PM at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1500 Vine St., Hudson, WI.

John George Hoggatt, of Hudson, passed away on April 18, 2018 at the age of 53. He was born on March 31, 1965 to John and Gail (Waugh) Hoggatt in Oscoda, Michigan. John graduated from high school in New Ulm, Minnesota in 1983 and from UW-Madison in 1987 with a degree in Cartography. John welcomed his daughter Sara Ann into the world in 1989. In 1991, he met Sarah Beth Atkins, the love of his life, and they were married in Madison in 1994. John and Sarah relocated to Hudson in 1995 where they started their business, Archovations, Inc., specializing in exterior building products. He had a strong commitment to the community, both as a small business owner and as Hudson District 5 alderperson for the past 7 years including leadership roles on Public Safety, Public Works, and Urban Forestry committees as well as several others. This public service led to his running for mayor in a spirited campaign this spring.

First and foremost, John was a family man. He proudly served as the backbone to his family during his in-laws’ twilight years ending with tender, loving caregiving to each. John loved and advocated for the outdoors. He was an avid fisherman, camper and bird watcher and spent any time he could find on the river with family and friends. John excelled in many sports including skiing, ping-pong, golf and tennis, and he was a lifelong fan of the Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers. He loved all genres of music and was a member of his church’s choir. He truly took great pleasure in sharing and teaching his many hobbies to others. Above all, John embodied compassion, generosity, and living life to the fullest. He will be forever missed.

John is survived by his wife of 24 years, Sarah Beth Atkins Hoggatt; daughter, Sara (Daniel) Parrish; grandson, Wyatt Parrish; son, Ben Faith; mother, Gail Hoggatt; sister, Kim (Gary) Krumwiede; brother, Mark (Patty) Hoggatt; nieces and nephews, Emily and Katherine Hoggatt and Camille (Millie) and Austin Krumwiede; as well as countless other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, John E. Hoggatt; and parents-in-law, Robert D. Atkins and Phyllis J. (Nelson) Atkins.

The visitation for John will be from 3-7PM on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson, WI. The Funeral Service will be held at 5PM on Monday, April 23 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1500 Vine St., Hudson, WI, with a visitation beginning at 4PM. A public procession will take place at 3:30pm on Monday, from the O’Connell Funeral Home to the Church, in honor of John’s last ride through Hudson. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are preferred. Services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Hudson.


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    • I am so sorry for your loss Sarah. Even though I never personally met John, I felt like I knew him just from all the conversations and stories you would share with me during our hair appointments together. If there is anything you need …please do not hesitate to ask!

    • Almost every time I met John he was either helping me or helping someone else, which in itself says a lot about who John was.

      As I struggle for words, I came across this quote from Martin Luther King Jr. that reminded me of John.

      “Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle… (or) Einstein’s Theory of Relativity … (or) the Second Theory of Thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

      John was a rare individual. Not only was he an intelligent man, but he was a kindhearted, loving soul with a willingness to help others. John was a great man. He served his community well and will be deeply missed by his friends and family.