LT Gen Walter S “Woody” Hogle

November 14, 1944 - April 4, 2023
LT Gen Walter S “Woody” Hogle

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On April 4, 2023, after a 16-month battle with lung cancer, Lt Gen Walter (“Woody”) S. Hogle Jr. died peacefully in his home surrounded by his family. He was 78 years old. He is survived by his wife, Jan, three children and their spouses: Sean and wife Cindy, Chris and wife Yvonne, Jessica and husband George; six grandchildren: Brody, Kyle, Walter, Solana, Charlotte and Teddy; and brother Bob Hogle and his wife Janix.

Born in Pleasantville, N.Y., to Walter S. Hogle Sr. and Jesse Bowerhan Hogle, Woody graduated from Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y. where he left with a degree in psychology but of more significant impact, Jan, his wife and life-partner of 56 years. Despite the fact that his only flying experience was on his honeymoon, he was commissioned through Officer Training School at Lackland Air Force Base (AFB) and then completed pilot training at Laughlin AFB in 1968. He was a command pilot, flying both fixed wing and helicopters to include the C-5, C-9, C-17, C-21, C-141, KC-135, HC-130, HH-3, and the HH-43.

His helicopter flying experience solidified his natural inclination to extensively plan for the worst but hope for the best in all facets of life, which was met with mostly appreciation but sometimes irritation at home. (Think duct tape and cookie sheets installed to prevent a wooden fireplace mantle from bursting into flame during an extensive power outage.)

Woody embraced servant leadership to his country, family, community and colleagues. He held numerous staff positions and commanded four wings. He retired from Travis AFB as Commander, 15th Air Force in 2001.

After retiring from the Air Force, Woody worked for L-3 Communications Integrated Systems as vice president of operations, ACS Defense as senior vice president and Rockwell Collins Government Systems as vice president and general manager.

After his second retirement, he and Jan moved to Smith Mountain Lake in Huddleston, VA where he commanded a ski boat, jet skis, a canoe and three kayaks and persistently – but unsuccessfully – defended the landscaping against large herds of deer. In July of 2021, they moved to Patriots Colony, a close-knit community for retired men and women who served in the military, foreign service or civil service.

Though cancer was the toughest battle he ever faced, Woody would be the first to say that even in this, he found his Lord and Savior to be totally trustworthy. And now? “What was mortal is now swallowed up by life.” (2 Corinthians 5:4)

To borrow and personalize some words from his favorite poem High Flight, by John Gillespie Magee Jr., Woody has slipped the surly bonds of Earth, put out his hand, and touched the face of God.

A chapel service will be held on August 15, 2024 @ Old Post Chapel and then burial at Arlington National Cemetery. Please arrive to this service by 10:15 AM to process through security.



Memorial Service

Thursday, August 15, 2024
10:15 AM

Arlington National Cemetery- Old Post Chapel - Directions
204 Arlington Ave
Fort Myer, VA 22211

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  • February 05, 2024
    God bless you and yours.

  • February 05, 2024
    Dear Jan, although we do not know each other, I want you to know Woody was in my life in the early 60s. I grew up in Pleasantville until my family moved to the Clearwater, Florida area. Woody was my first boyfriend , we would walk to and from school and he would carry my books. It was just honest and innocent and I thought of him so much over the years and tried to find him just to say hello. I was born 1945. White Plains. I remember is brother Bobby and the house in Pleasantville. Just want you to know how saddened I am about your loss. I am also a widow myself and understand.

  • January 12, 2024
    Troy Draughn says:
    I’ m so sorry I’m just now learning about his transition to heaven. I was his senior enlisted advisor at Charleston Air Force Base in the mid 1990s. Definitely the best commander I ever had. He came back from Scott AFB, as Vice AMC Commander to lead my retirement ceremony at Charleston. He wasn’t only a great commander, but a true friend. I’m looking forward to seeing him in heaven. blessings! Troy Draughn, Retired Chief Master Sergeant.

  • December 18, 2023
    Shellie (Lindsey) Glass says:
    Jan - you and i worked together at Ft Richardson in the Education Center. I am so sorry to hear about Woody and I'm keeping you in my prayers as you adjust to this next stage of your life. God Be With You. Shellie (Lindsey) Glass

  • September 01, 2023
    Wardo Willis says:
    Woody was an amazing man, leader, pilot, war Hero and role model to all he met. You made such a big difference in so many lives through the years. Bless you friend, and your family as you blessed each of us lucky enough to serve with you and know you.