Henry Joseph Hohn was born on June 12, 1934, to Henry H. and Elenora Kolodzey Hohn in Yorktown, Texas. He passed away on August 4, 2014.
Henry’s education started in Catholic Elementary School where the nuns taught him to play the piano and the organ, which he enjoyed throughout his life. After graduation from Yorktown High School, he attended Southwest Texas State Teachers College (Texas State University). He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English in 1955. During this time, he met Lola Kruse from Mason, and they married on July 9, 1955. As both started teaching in Pecos, Texas, they returned to Texas State in the summers to finish his master’s degree. He taught Junior High and then High School English until 1962. Students loved him for his humor, his command of the classroom, and his ability to instill in them a love of learning that continues on to this day. It was there in Pecos that the first four of the Hohn children were born.
Wanting to be closer to family, Henry was fortunate to be hired in 1962 as the Mason Elementary School principal. As he held the position for 27 years, Henry had the opportunity to see all eight of his children pass through the excellent Mason County schools. He retired from this rewarding job in 1989.
Henry was an active member of the communities in which he lived. In Pecos, he directed school plays, worked with the church youth group, and served as manager of the community swimming pool. In Mason, he was involved with the Kiwanis Club, Operation Orphans, and Mason Jaycees. Henry dedicated many hours to directing high school students in the one act play, and he enjoyed teaching swimming lessons to children during summers. He was also a devoted member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, where he was the organist and served on the church council.
Henry was a skilled woodworker, a meticulous gardener, and an exceptional cook. Throughout his life, he enjoyed ranching, yard work, and any activity involving his family. He was a dedicated husband of 59 years, and a great role model to his eight children, their spouses, his twenty grandchildren, and his nine great-grandchildren. Henry is remembered fondly by many students and former employees whose lives he positively influenced, and by the community he proudly served.
Henry is survived by his wife, Lola Hohn, of Mason, 8 children: Dr. Deborah Hohn and husband Dr. Larry Brunsun of Taylor Lake Village, Daniel Hohn and wife Dr. Joyce Hohn of Duncanville, Diane Edge and husband Dr. Steve Edge of Millsap, Delores Hohn Hansen of Houston, Donna Hohn of Corpus Christi, Doris Reiley and husband Randy Reiley of Helotes, Donald Hohn and wife Julianne of Fredericksburg and Dena Hohn and husband Truman Coe of Highland Village, 20 grandchildren: Korey Willmann and wife Bethanie, Kristen Willmann, Rebecca and Michael Hohn, Dusty Zimmerman and wife Kelli, Ashlee Almon and husband Mike, Christopher Edge, Marty Hansen, Julia, Jared and Justyn Cruz-Aedo, Tyler, Amanda and Katherine Reiley, Alyssa and Cameron Hohn, Truman, Christian, Roman and Reya Coe and 9 great-grandchildren.
Visitation with the family and Rosary were held on Friday evening at Mason Funeral Home. The Funeral Mass was celebrated by Fr. Melvin Dornak on Saturday, August 9, at St. Joseph Catholic church. Interment followed in the Cosby Cemetery.
Memorials in his honor may be made to the Mason ISD-One Act Play Attn: Cathy Felts, PO Box 410, Mason, TX 76856; Crosby Cemetery Inc., Crosby Fence Project PO Box 1328, Mason, TX 76856 or Mason local charity of your choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family on-line at masonfuneralhome.net.
Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.