Charles “Charlie” Hoag

Celebration of Life Services for Charles M. “Charlie” Hoag, 80, Lawrence, KS, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at First Christian Church in Lawrence, KS.  Graveside services will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lawrence.  Rev. David Rivers will be the officiant. 

Charlie passed on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, KS.  He was born on July 19, 1931 in Guthrie, OK, the son of John Gerald and Mary Davis Hoag.

He was a graduate of the University of Kansas in 1953. While at KU, he was a three-sport letterman in basketball, football, and track.  He was a member of the KU basketball and football teams and was a Gold Medalist in basketball for the US at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Finland.  He was a US Air Force veteran.

Charlie was a retired insurance agent for the Equitable Life Insurance Company.  Initially, he worked in Chicago, IL and then later started and operated an Equitable agency in Topeka, KS for many years. 

He was married to Donna Carter, the mother of their four children, and later divorced.  Then married Salli Johnson Mathes who preceded him in death in 1994.

Survivors include one son, Chuck Hoag, and wife, Lisa, Lawrence, KS; three daughters, Cheryl Hoag Gasiewski and husband, Rick of La Quinta, CA, Karen Hoag Kosbab and husband, Dave, of Overland Park, KS, Deanna Hoag Chadick of Overland Park, KS; and a sister, Susie Hoag Searles, of Palm Harbor, FL. Survivors also include nine grandchildren, Charlie Hoag, Taylor Hoag, Chase Hoag, Austin Hoag, Courtney Hoag, Koby Chadick, Hannah Chadick, Ellie Chadick and Sam Chadick. 

The family will casually greet friends in KU spirit wear from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

The family suggests memorials in his name to the Williams Educational Fund c/o the University of Kansas Athletic Department or to the K.U. Endowment Association for the Kansas University Medical Center and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

29 Condolences

  1. Kent Roenbaugh on March 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    R. I. P. Go Hawks !!!

  2. Sharon Walker on March 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I was so sorry to hear of the death of your father. You have our deepest condolences. Charlie will always be close to you through the special memories he has left behind. May our Heavenly Father watch over you and comfort you through all your sorrow. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. Malachi 3:16; John 11:21-26

  3. Bob Roenbaugh on March 10, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    good friend , lots of pleasant visits over the years,

  4. Neil Carlson on March 11, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Sorry for the lose of your father and our friend Charlie. I loved playing golf with Charlie listening to his stories. My favorite times were with Charlie and his good friend “Spankie” solving the problems of the world. I’ll bet they have already scheduled a luncheon to bring each other up tp date. Charlie is my ’legend’.
    Neil Carlson

  5. Miles & Paula Schnaer on March 11, 2012 at 10:51 am

    We are very sorry sorry for the lose of your Father, Deanna. And to the entire Hoag family our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  6. Amy Junge on March 11, 2012 at 11:04 am

    So very sorry for your loss Chuck. We will keep you and Lisa and the kids in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. Lee Wiliams on March 11, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Hoag Family,
    Our sincere condolences for your loss. I will miss Charlie, he was a friend and my golfing buddy for about nine years at SCC.
    We always had a good time with
    Mary Lou & Lee Williams

  8. Jacki Chase - Iola, KS on March 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    My father, Bob Talkington, played football at KU with your dad. He often told us about what an outstanding athlete Charlie was and also a great friend. I had the pleasure of meeting him a few times at K-Club events. He was truly a great Jayhawk! Please accept my sympathy for your loss.

  9. John and Carol Dobbins on March 12, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Lisa and family. We are saddened by your loss and more aware of what you are going through so soon after our loss. Remember the wonderful life he lived and find strength in Him.

  10. David and Cindy Denny on March 12, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    To the Hoag Family…
    We send our deepest regrets to each of you for the loss of your Father and Grandfather. It was a pleasure to have had the opportunity to know him, he was a terrific man! Love ya..David and Cindy

  11. Shade Keys Little on March 12, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    It is a joy to have met Charlie Hoag.

  12. Kathy Rutherford on March 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    My sincere condolences for your loss. Cheryl and Rick, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  13. DIANE ZINDA on March 12, 2012 at 7:39 pm


  14. Martha Diaz on March 12, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Cheryl….I am so very sorry to hear this sad and painful news of your Daddys passing. It is something very deep in the heart that is torn, but just remember ’THERE IS NO MORE PAIN’for him…just PEACE. Love, Martha and Hope

  15. v. thompson on March 13, 2012 at 6:22 am

    May the Hoag family find comfort in your loving memories, and in knowing that God is “near to those that are broken at heart; and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.” (Psalm 34;18) While grief at the loss of Charlie is great, joy at receiving him back in the resurrection will be greater. (Mark 5;42) With deepest sympathy,

  16. Eleanor Hejtmanek on March 13, 2012 at 8:27 am

    We were sorry to learn of Charlie’s death. My husband Clayton worked with Charlie for many years at the Topeka Equitable office. We enjoyed many pleasant Equitable meetings and dinners with Charlie over the years. Our sincere sympathy to all of Charlie’s family.

  17. Penny, Jen & Jac Evans on March 13, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Dear Cheryl & Rickie, our thoughts and Prayers are with you, warm hugs.

  18. Suzanne Sullivan on March 13, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    So sorry to hear about your father. My hugs to you.

  19. Robbie & RJ Bourguet on March 13, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    So sorry for your loss.
    Love, Robbie & RJ Bourguet

  20. Tom and Lorna Lee on March 13, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thought and prayers.

    Love to all.

    Tom and Lorna

  21. Brenda Boles Fenner on March 13, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Cheryl, Karen, Chuck and DeAnna, It’s been a long time but wanted to let you know I was thinking of you and I know its not easy! Hugs, Brenda

  22. Vic & Laurie Piai on March 13, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Chely and Rick,
    Our hearts go out to you and your family for your loss. Please find comfort in the fond memories of your Dad and the loveof your friends

  23. Alexis Faulkner Ceule on March 16, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Deanna… Bless your heart honey. I enjoyed all the stories about your father while we were at KU together, I felt close to him too. I am so sorry for his loss. I’m sending good mojo and love to you and your siblings and your wonderful families. God bless Charlie Hoag!


  24. Dino Bell on March 18, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    To the Entire Hoag Family,

    I was so saddened to hear about the passing of your father. I will always remember him for his kindness and smile. He is, and will always be a beautiful person, and true Jayhawk! I know that life without him will be difficult, but he did a great job of raising a fine family that will make his legacy live on forever. My prayers…Dino

  25. Jackie Hadl on March 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    DD: I was so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He leaves behind a wonderful and loving family in all of you. You will be in my thoughts! Love Jackie

  26. Janet L. Long - Van De Walle on April 2, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    I never had the pleasure of meeting Charlie in person but heard many wonderful stories about him and his family from my now deceased husband Ray Van De Walle. Ray not only had the utmost in respect for Charlie as a fellow athlete but also on a person level. I am sure that he would want to post a tribute here. It’s at times like this that we all wish we had written down the “stories” that were so humorous that Ray fondly told of Charlie in his younger years. I wish his family well and hope that they will keep his spirit alive for many years to come. Janet L. Long – Van De Walle

  27. Whitney on April 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Dear Hoag Family,

    Recently I read in the Kansas City Star about your loved one. I am very sorry for the loss of your dear loved one, Charles M. Hoag. I am writing to express my condolences to your family. Last year, during the fall, I suffered the loss of my grandmother. I know it is very down hearting and can be of shock. But some one shared some comforting information with me, and I have ennjoyed it so much I try to pass it on.

    I don’t know if you are a Bible reader but it is comforting to know that in the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 9 verse 5, (Ecc. 9:5) it talks about the dead being conscious of nothing at all. “For the living are conscious that they will die, but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all.”

    I also appreciated the scriptures found in John chapter 11 verses 11-14. (John 11:11-14) I feel so comforted by verse 11, where it says “Lazarus our friend has gone to rest, but I am journeying there to awaken him from sleep.” It is nice to know that we can view death as just sleeping. Also to know that we can see them again when they awake like in Rev. 21:3,4. Wouldn’t you like that?

    If you would like to discuss more, I would love to share more you can email me at Also I can answer any questions you have.

  28. Martha Monaghan on June 15, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Deanna, sorry to hear about your father. I remember him for his great smile. I miss seeing your family since we’ve lost touch. I always felt part of your nice family. If you get this message please call . Used to be Martha Craney . 785-608-6944. Godspeed

  29. Leo and Glenda Souders on June 21, 2018 at 12:41 am

    Chuck, Lisa and Family,

    We were so sorry to here about Charles. He was a Great Father, Grandfather, Brother, Son, as well as a Terrific Friend to many. He will be missed.

    Please know each of you are in our prayers. We ask God to give you comfort and strength in the days ahead. May God Bless Charlie as he sits and talks about being a true Jayhawk in God’s Kingdom.

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