William O. Hoch
Bill Hoch, 63, passed away unexpectedly at his home in San Francisco Towers at Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri on July 26. He was born in Emporia, Kansas on December 13, 1948. He leaves the light of his life his son, Luc of Westwood, Kansas. There will be a Memorial Service on Friday at 2pm at The Pilgrim Chapel, 3801 Gillham Rd., Kansas City, Missouri.
The “O” in Bill’s middle name was from his dad, Orville Hoch. His mother was Olive Hoch. They were the perfect parents who raised Bill on a dairy farm and sent him to Roosevelt Grade and High School, a private school on Emporia State Campus. Bill went on to graduate from Emporia State University with a degree in political science. He used to say he got all of his education in one square block. However, he did go on to graduate school at the University of Kansas where he was Assistant to the Dean of the William Allen White School of Journalism. There he was afforded the opportunity to write and lecture extensively on communications law.
Bill then served as Legislative Assistant to United States Senator James Pearson (R-KS) and was Press Secretary and Chief of Staff to Kansas Governor John Carlin (D-KS) (1979-1982). Bill moved to Kansas City in 1984 and began a career in communications. He was president of his own communications firm, Bill Hoch and Company, for many years and also worked for two of the most prestigious advertising and public relations firms in the Kansas City market. Bill’s creativity was recognized with regional and national ADDY and EFFIE awards for his work on the Slattery for Congress Campaign.
A noted filmmaker, Bill wrote, directed and produced prime-time programming for The Arts & Entertainment Network and for The History Channel. One of his most proud accomplishments was the film he wrote and directed on William Allen White which was hosted and narrated by Walter Cronkite. The film was shot on location in Emporia in 1996.
Bill traveled throughout the world, including Western and Eastern Europe, China, Africa, New Zealand and virtually all of North America. He was responsible for coordinating media relations for the first-ever Kansas Trade Mission to China when he worked for the governor.
Bill attended and MC’d every Roosevelt High School reunion, getting great joy out of creating the video with his classmates’ old photographs and putting them to ‘60s music — then reminiscing all night about the good old days. He could name every teacher he ever had. He loved visiting his parents on the farm and going up to his room where his mother hadn’t moved a thing since he left home.
He made many friends both in and out of the media during his career. He had a reputation for being ethical, honest and trustworthy.
Bill loved playing catch with his son Luc when he was young and watching him become the great young athlete that he is today. He also loved sharing his baseball card collection with Luc and watching Royals games together.
His friends remember him as a great communicator, combining his dignity, passion and a great sense of humor.
He leaves his son Luc and his family of cousins: Tracy Wilson and Philip Wilson (Kansas City, MO), Scott Wilson (Kansas City, KS), Corey Wilson and Dr. Donald Wilson, DDS (Topeka, KS), Donna Jo Swengel and Mary Bert Scott, (York, PA) and his aunt, Doris Wilson (Kansas City, KS) –and many longtime friends who will miss him.
A memorial fund in remembrance of Bill is being established for Luc’s education. Donations can be made to The Luc Hoch Education Fund, 7215 Madison Ave., Kansas City, MO 64114