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“It’s not that I want to die”, Steve Hogg recently told his grandson, “but if I do, I’ve had a great life.” 87- year-old Y. Stephen Hogg, Jr called Gulf Breeze home for 51 years, but was called to his heavenly home last week as he rested in his recliner (probably watching NCIS reruns or Fox News). After a serious health scare in May he had rebounded, resuming his two mile walks. But it made him take stock of his life that began in Miranda, Cuba. Steve was born May 7, 1928 to Y. Stephen Hogg Sr. and Helen Krewitz Hogg. His dad was a manager of a railroad, and neighbors were the Castro boys. Steve was educated in New Orleans and in high school found life-long friends at Gulf Coast Military Academy. He studied electrical engineering at his beloved Auburn University and was still a season ticket holder. He began a 15-year sales job with Allis Chalmers in Milwaukee, where he met the love of his life, Judy Alexander. They married, were transferred to Atlanta, then New Orleans, adding 3 daughters to the family along the way. Taking a job with S.C.-based Southern Corporation meant being able to settle down in Gulf Breeze. Steve traveled from Georgia to Arkansas selling equipment to paper mills. Weekends were spent fishing without any luck, waterskiing with Judy and the girls, and finding a larger home at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, where he was still an active member at the time of his death. In his mid-50’s Steve lost Judy to cancer, but found love a second time with Mary Taylor Simmons. When they married his family expanded again to include her four children Linda Dalton, Susie Treesh, Charles Taylor, and Lisa Higley, their spouses, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He lost her after 26 years of marriage. Steve Hogg is survived by his daughters Stephanie and Deborah Hogg, Helen Laucella, Helen’s husband Richard, and their children Stephen Laucella and Catharine Pyles of Fort Worth, TX. Catharine, her husband Steve, and sons Easton and Hudson just spent a happy Thanksgiving with PawPaw. He is also survived by his sister Frances Cotaya, her husband Julian, and their children. Throughout his life Steve retained his enthusiasm for faith, family, and friends. Please join us to celebrate his life at Rose Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with a visitation on Thursday evening from 5-7 PM, or funeral services at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church Friday at 1:30 PM.
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