Paul F. Hogan, 93, of Russellville, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at St. Mary’s Regional Med Center in Russellville.
The son of B.G. and Etta Fiddler Hogan, he was born July 10, 1917, in Vilonia.
Paul was a 1936 graduate of Vilonia High School and a 1938 graduate of Arkansas Tech University. He joined the U.S. Army in 1942 and retired at the rank of Major in 1962. Paul served in the European Operations during World War II with 2nd Infantry Division as a Recon officer. He landed on D-17 at Omaha Beach. He received the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the European-African Middle-Eastern Theatre Ribbon with 5 Bronze campaign stars and was an expert marksman. Following the war, Paul served with the 39th Infantry Brigade in the 217th Maintenance Battalion.
He and L’Orene Rackley were married on Feb. 8, 1941, at Pottsville. Two children were born to this union, Robert Michael Hogan and Maria Jan Hogan.
Paul worked for the employment security division in Russellville for 15 years and then for AVI, Val-Mac, Tasty Bird and Tyson Foods, and was director of personnel services for Tyson at his retirement.
Paul’s true passion in life was teaching and preaching the Bible. He preached for many years in congregations of the Churches of Christ throughout the Arkansas River Valley for over 50 years. He preached and taught from the pulpits of the Churches of Christ in Mt. George, Fifth and Greenwich in Russellville, Conway, Liberty, Hagarville, Coal Hill and West Side in Russellville.
Paul was the older son of B.G. Hogan, a preacher who preached for 40 years in the Churches of Christ. He said he learned the Bible at the feet of learned Bible scholars, including W.M. Harper, Ernest Harper, Sam Harper and J.C. Dawson.
In summarizing his life and career during a 2001 interview, Paul said, "My greatest accomplishment was in the role of Bible teacher." Paul believed the main ingredients of a successful life include hard work, honesty, patience and a friendly attitude.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, L’Orene Hogan; and a brother, Fred Hogan.
Survivors include a son, Robert Michael Hogan and wife Anna Meng of Honolulu, HI; a daughter, Maria Jan Hogan Hill and husband, Truman, of Russellville; grandchildren and their spouses, Paul C. Hogan and Siri, of Honolulu, Hawaii, Alice Ann Calhoun and Rob, of St. Michaels, Md., and Nancy Dyer and Andre, of Little Rock; and two great-grandchildren, Margaret and Amelia Calhoun.
Funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Humphrey Chapel, with Dr. Harold Bowie and Dan Lightfoot officiating.
Burial will be at Rest Haven Memorial Park in Russellville by Humphrey Funeral Service.
Full military honors will be provided by Rogers-Rye Post of Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Visitation will be 7-8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Southern Christian Home, PO Box 556, Morrilton, AR, 72110-0556.
Online guest book: www.humphreyfuneral.com