HOEG, Leon F. 1939-1959
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 6/3/2017 at 20:31:46
Reinbeck Soldier Killed By Car In Missouri
Leon Forrest Hoeg, who was 19 years old, was killed by a car on Highway 24, nine miles east of Independence, Mo., last Friday night. The motorist who hit and killed the young man did not stop.
The following morning the victim was identified by officers at Independence, where it was also learned that he was absent from his duties without leave.
A few hours after the accident police arrested Jake Ewing of Lexington, Mo., who is 21. Officers said that Ewing admitted hitting a man with his car, but that he did not realize that he killed him.
Leon Hoeg was a son of Charles and Ona Hoeg from Reinbeck. His parents are divorced. The mother is a teacher at Floyd, Iowa.
Enlisted in Army Year Ago
Leon Hoeg enlisted in the army on Jan. 21, 1958, at the Waterloo army recruiting station, according to Sgt. Ellerman of Waterloo.
Before joining the army, Hoeg had worked on a farm and had been a member of the tank company of the 133rd Infantry Division of the National Guard in Iowa Falls.
Army officers said Hoeg was transferred to Ft. Lewis, Wash., last month from Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., for overseas assignment, effective Jan. 16.
He had served a three-month term in the Ft. Leavenworth stockade for being AWOL before that, army authorities said.
The body arrived from Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, at Reinbeck on Tuesday with a military escort and taken to the French Funeral Home.
Services were in the Congregational church in Reinbeck Wednesday afternoon. There was a military service at the graveside.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 12 February 1959, pg 1
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