Elmer J. Hogue

March 31, 1922 ‒ September 30, 2016

Delaware, Ohio

Elmer J. Hogue, age 94 of Delaware, passed away at Willowbrook at Delaware Run on Friday September 30, 2016 .

He was born on March 31, 1922 in Seneca Township, Monroe County the third child in a family of five born to George G. and Ethel (Lindamood) Hogue. Elmer is preceded by his parents, wife of 48 years: Helen Elizabeth “Betty” (Staats) Hogue; 3 brothers: Ernest, Paul, Clyde; sister: Susanna Ruth Oxley.

He is survived by children: Dr. David A. (Diane) Hogue of Evanston, Il and Julie H. (David) Barnett of Granbury, TX; seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

In 2004 Elmer self-published his 283 page autobiography Through the Years in which he described his childhood years on his father’s family farm, growing up in a small town of Lewisville, Ohio, his four years military service during WWII, readjusting to civilian life and working career, loss of his wife Betty due to diabetes and kidney failure and his retirement years. He leaves the book as a remembrance to his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and many friends.

Elmer was employed for 40 years at Nationwide Insurance Companies in Columbus in various capacities: Underwriter, Junior Casualty Actuary, Employee Benefits Manager, Corporate Planning and Director of Corporate Risk Management. During his working years he was an avid student. Through attending evening classes at The Ohio State University he obtained his college degree of B.S. in Business Administration. In rigorous study programs through his place of work he obtained the professional insurance designations of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Associate in Risk Management (ARM).

Elmer was a faithful member of the First Free Methodist Church of Columbus (also known as Living Hope Free Methodist Church) for 70 years since June, 1946. He served for many years as a member of the Official Board, Church Treasurer and occasionally, as Sunday School class teacher. Elmer resided in Westerville for 38 years prior to moving to Delaware in 2006 where he became a resident in Willow Brook Christian Village at Delaware Run.

Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. Sunday October 9, 2016 at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center where a memorial service will be held Monday at 10 a.m. with Rev. Kermit Welty officiating. Internment in the Pioneer Cemetery in Westerville next to his wife Betty.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Living Hope Free Methodist Church, 41452 Westerville Road, Columbus, Ohio  43224.

For complete obituary and to express condolences please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.

  • I grew up at the Columbus First Free Methodist Church and remember admiring Elmer so much. He was a man who never let age or any excuse allow him to stop serving the Lord.

    As someone who also loved writing and was getting a bachelor’s degree in communication studies/professional writing in 2004, I remember I asking Elmer if I could read his autobiography. I was greatly moved by it and how well written it was; he was so humble as he shared it and didn’t really want to accept my praise regarding his writing abilities.I wanted him to do a reading!

    Elmer was always a wonderful mentor. In high school he helped support my senior mission trip, and every time I would visit the Columbus church as an adult – first as a college student, then a newlywed, then as a graduate student and eventually as a mother with two children it was always a joy to see his face. He was one of the people I looked forward to saying hello to the most on my returns. My condolences to his family. His memory will not be soon forgotten. In the short time my daughter knew him, he also made an impression on her. That was just the type of man Elmer was.

  • Dear Uncle Elmer:
    You are truly one of the most amazing persons that I have ever known. You traveled through your golden years with grace, empathy, and with a genuineness that is so difficult to find in today’s world. You held to your faith and kept the Lord first and foremost in your life knowing that he would lead the way.

    I will miss hearing your voice, and will especially miss your quarterly newsletters. They were so enjoyable as well as informative as you relayed how you were doing as well as all your travels, experiences and those that you met, along with family updates. I truly feel you took a great of deal of time to write them.

    I will always treasure your autobiography “Through the Years” in which you shared our family’s history & photos that I had never seen. I will never forget the day I received the copy you sent me. It is one of the greatest gifts you left with all of us. My mother – your sister- was especially appreciative of the book, as she had grown up separately from you and her brothers.

    Our hearts are both sad & happy tonight as we know you are not with us. But we know Heaven has gained a truly wonderful person, and you are there with all those who love you.

    God Bless You. You have been such an inspiration to all of us.

  • Dearest David, Diane, and all of the Hogue family –

    I was so sorry to read of the death of Elmer. His obituary certainly gives a picture of a beautiful, long life – well lived with many adventures, friends, and family. The death of a parent is of course never easy, even if they have lived a very long and full life. May the knowledge of all of the tremendous ways in which he touched so many lives throughout his life, be a great comfort to you as he journeys from this life to the next.

    Thinking of you and wishing you peace –
    Much love,

  • I am Nationwide guy of 37 years who was fortunate to ride to work with Elmer for about 4 years beginning in 1972.
    Elmer was a very kind man who had great knowledge of the Ohio Farm Bureau and
    Nationwide Companies. He was always willing to take time to explain how our great company worked and he knew our corporate history as well as any one .
    I had many promotions with Nationwide and Elmer was always one of the first
    to call and offer his congratulations and best wishes.
    Elmer was a man of “great character” and I was proud to know him.
    Nancy and I offer our sympathy to family and friends of Elmer.
    God bless, Thomas L. (Tom) Crumrine. of Upper Arlington,Ohio.

  • Elmer Hogue established himself as a man of integrity, sound character, diligent worker, strong religious faith, and a guy who seemed to defy aging. He will long be remembered by his family, friends and colleagues as a gentleman’s gentleman.

    It’s a joy to read his autobiography which depicts a life well lived through an astonishing trail of challenges especially in his youthful years.

    Rest in peace my friend.
    Dennis Click (Nationwide Retiree)