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Obituary: Kenneth Eugene Van Hoy, Morro Bay, Calif.

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Kenneth Eugene Van Hoy, 86, died Thursday, April 10, 2014, at his home in Morro Bay, Calif.

He was born to Sarah Ann and William Van Hoy in Bloomington.

He joined the Merchant Marine in 1943 and served as a radio operator aboard ship through 1946. He served in the U.S. Army from 1949 to 1969, with two tours of duty in Korea and one in Vietnam. He retired as a master sergeant–E8.

He worked in Monterey County, Calif., as a data processing supervisor for a rural health project. He returned to Indiana and graduated from Butler University, with a degree in business administration.

He worked as an estimator with Kawneer in Franklin, retiring in 1996. He continued to work in California with his sister-in-law in computerized engraving.

Ken was an avid gardener and sports enthusiast. He was a volunteer referee, umpire and coach. He coached softball, soccer and basketball. He coached soccer teams for kids ages 4 years and older and basketball teams for kids ages 12 years and up. He was a state champion in racquetball senior division. His team, “the Van Hoy Bunch,” won the nationals in the Gus Macker open division in the 1990s.

He was preceded in death by three younger brothers, William, Larry and Donald.

He is survived by his wife, Judy; sisters, Sister Charles Van Hoy and Dorothy Brown (Gene); sisters-in-law, Linda Marsh, Mary Van Hoy and Betty Van Hoy; children, Stephen (Susan) Van Hoy, Katherine Van Hoy, Karen MacGowan, Marie Perez, Pegie Van Hoy and Kenneth Van Hoy; and seven grandchildren, Kevin, Jonathan and Karin Van Hoy, Jacob and Kiah Farquhar, and Joseph and Wesley Gilmore.

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