Robert Clyde Hoshaw was a hard-working man who provided well for his family, his daughter Kathy Collins said.
Hoshaw, 87, of Las Vegas and formerly of Crown Point, died Nov. 21.
Collins said her dad was devoted to his wife of 67 years, Marcella, who survives, and their three children, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
A 1943 Crown Point High School graduate, Hoshaw was an automotive mechanic. Hoshaw lived most of his life in Crown Point, where for 13 years he owned the Phillips 66 Gas Station near the former Crown Point High School site on Joliet Street. There, Hoshaw serviced and maintained many of the city’s police and fire vehicles, Collins said.
“He learned his mechanical skills from growing up on his parents’ farm,” Collins said. “His mom and dad, Maude Seramur Hoshaw Liston and Clarence Hoshaw, were musicians and played at barn dances and the VFW hall.”
This fostered a love of dancing which led Hoshaw to meet his wife at a community dance. The couple continued to enjoy dancing and also playing cards with their friends, Collins said, but his favorite pastime was fishing.
Hoshaw worked hard and provided for his family until he retired in 1981. He wanted to join the military during World War II, but he was denied because his farming skills were needed on the home front, Collins said.
The Hoshaws moved to Las Vegas in 1984.
Collins said most of all she misses her father’s fun-loving nature.