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David Thomas Hogge

David Thomas Hogge, 94, of Rifle, passed away April 26, 2008.

Dave was born Feb. 3, 1914, in Dillon, Mont., to Tom and Susan (Duncan) Hogge. He grew up in Grand Junction, Craig and Rifle. He graduated from Rifle High School, where he participated in all kinds of sports. One of his proudest moments as a football player was when Rifle defeated Grand Junction High School for the first time.

His passion for sports continued into his adult life when he officiated at basketball and football games.

He married Madge Hutton Feb. 4, 1934 in Rifle.

David worked as an electrician with a variety of employers, including the Bureau of Mines, American Gilsonite and the Bureau of Reclamation. His career culminated as lead electrician at Flaming Gorge Dam in Utah.

He loved sports as well as the high school kids who played them. He was inducted into the Basketball Officials Hall of Fame and was presented a trophy at the honoree banquet.

He was a wonderful man who adored his family and spoiled his grandchildren. He was a gentle man with the utmost patience when it came to teaching his grandsons how to bait a hook and fish. He could often be found with his fishing pole up Rifle Creek, on Meadow Lake or on the Flat Tops.

He had such wonderful friends who supported him daily when he had breakfast at the Base Camp Cafe in Rifle. Davis was a member of the Elks, Rifle Masonic Order and the Volunteer Fire Department.

He will be greatly missed by all.

David was preceded in death by his wife; sons David Tearle Hogge and Denny Noel Hogge; brothers Robert Hogge and Walter Hogge; and his sister Bernice Rivers.

He is survived by his sister Millie Wagaman; daughters-in-law Carolyn Hogge and Gail Hogge; grandchildren Pam Varner, David Hogge, Gary Hogge and Daryl Hogge; great-grandchildren Matthew, Daniel and Leann Varner; longtime friend Louise Meno and his adopted family, the Halls: Bud, Charlene, Marilyn, Max, Margie, Lannie, Joni, Ray and Christie.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Rifle United Methodist-Presbyterian Church, 200 E. Fourth St., Rifle, CO 81650.

Cremation has taken place and the date for a graveside service will be announced at a later date when family and friends can gather to honor the life of Dave Hogge.

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