William Hogarth II (also known as Chip, Hoagie, and Bill) was born December 9, 1941, in Omaha, Nebraska, to Jeanne and William Hogarth.
Bill stayed busy with sports in his south Omaha neighborhood: pickup games in baseball, softball, basketball, and any other sport he could find. He had an impressive collection of baseball cards, and, for most of his life, he was an encyclopedia of sports statistics. He and his friends would ride bikes to the stadium of the Omaha minor-league baseball team, where they would hang around trying to catch out-of-bounds fly balls and get free tickets to the game. (Sometimes, they would manage to sneak in.) His second home was the YMCA.
He lettered in football and track, but his passion was basketball. He played for the South High Packers, Drake University in Des Moines, and the 591st MP battalion at Fort Bliss. He was proudest of playing for a semi-pro team sponsored by Union Furniture in El Paso along with members of the former Texas Western College team, which won the NCAA championship in 1965. The Union team was the pride of El Paso and later played against the Mexican and Russian Olympic teams and even the Harlem Globetrotters.
Bill was drafted into the Army in 1964 and sent to Fort Bliss in El Paso, where he served as a military policeman. He met Ann Dyess from Ralls, Texas, on a blind date, and they were married in June 1965. They later welcomed a daughter, Cindi, and a son, Chris.
After finishing his Army service, Bill took a job as a clerk with El Paso Natural Gas Company in 1966and rapidly advanced to the level of director. During the last years of his 30-year employment, he ran the largest accounting department at EPNG. Naturally, he participated in several company sports teams.
In 1998, Bill and Ann retired and moved to Buchanan Dam, Texas, where Bill enjoyed fishing and golfing, barbecue cookouts, neighborhood socializing, and having a beer with the guys. Kingsland, near Buchanan Dam, had been a frequent vacation destination over the years because Dyess Lodge, a fishing lodge located there, was owned by Ann’s parents. Bill’s parents also lived in Kingsland for most of their retirement years.
After 19 years at the lake, Bill and Ann moved to Austin to the Clairmont Retirement community, making lots of new friends and enjoying the many amenities. Bill’s health worsened steadily, however, and he passed away on December 23, 2019.
Survivors include wife, Ann Hogarth; children, Cindi and Chris and their spouses and children; sister Jan Suddick of Melbourne, Florida; and two nieces, four nephews, and numerous great- and great-great-nephews and -nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Judy Miles.
A memorial service is Saturday, January 4, at Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 2200 Justin Lane in Austin. A light lunch and visitation will follow the service.