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Howard F Fochs
Aug. 26, 1929 - Nov. 23, 2021
Hilbert, WI
Funeral Service:
Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021
11:00 am
St. John Catholic Church
N7692 Cty BB
Hilbert, WI 54129
Funeral Visitation:
Monday, Nov. 29, 2021
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021
9:30 am - 10:45 am
St. John Catholic Church
N7692 Hwy BB
Hilbert (St. John), WI 54129
Burial Service:
Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021
12:00 pm
St. John Catholic Cemetery
N7692 Cty BB
Hilbert, WI 54129
Vigil Service:
Monday, Nov. 29, 2021
7:00 pm
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Howard F Fochs
Hilbert, WI


Howard F. “Howie” Fochs, age 92, of Hilbert, died on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at Frontida Assisted Living in Kimberly.  He was born August 26, 1929 in Hilbert, son of the late Mathias & Mary Ann (Biederwolf) Fochs.  Howie married Roselin Ruhland on May 28, 1952 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Hilbert.  
Besides all kinds of odds and ends jobs, Howie farmed in the Town of Woodville on the family homestead and later worked at White Clover Dairy until his retirement at the age of 62.  He often commented that it was the best decision he made so he could enjoy more quality time with his beloved wife who preceded him in death on  August 23, 2000.  
He was a long time member of St. John Catholic Church in St. John, and was often thought of by many to be “the face” of the parish because of his constant and dedicated service to everything and everyone who walked through the doors of that church.  
Howie had a voice that resonated with those who heard it, and he used it to bring joy to others.  He loved to sing in the church choir, enjoyed being called upon to be the Square Dance Caller at dances, and used his voice to help keep his children in line.  
In his free time, Howie cherished time spent dancing with his wife, playing cards with family & friends and snowmobiling.  His love of Square Dancing opened up opportunities to not only be a Square Dance Caller, but also gave him a passion for teaching others how to Square Dance.  Using his voice once again, Howie was proud to have been inducted into the Square Dance Caller Hall of Fame. 
Survivors include his children: Richard (Suzanne) Fochs, Thomas Fochs, Kenneth (Sharon) Fochs, Charlie (Jerilyn) Fochs, Patricia (Steve) Kulas, Carol (Thomas) Riggert, Gloria Fochs, Monica (Darrell) Stahl; 19 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; his siblings:  Alfred Fochs, Rita Burns, Mathias (Pat) Fochs, Arthur (Sue) Fochs; and his siblings-in-law: Donna Jensen, Paul (Diane) Ruhland, Ruth (John) Moses, Alice Ruhland, Leon (Pat) Ruhland & Barb (Bob) LeCaire.  He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  
Howie was preceded in death by his parents: Mathias & Mary Ann; father and mother-in-law: Isadore & Anita (Schneider) Ruhland; step-father: Clem Kampa; his wife: Roselin; a daughter-in-law: Susan Fochs; a grandchild: Brenda Fochs; his siblings: LaVerne (Gib) Schumacher, Lucille (Harold) VanHaren, Nancy Diedrich; a step brother: Carl (Bernice) Kampa; and siblings-in-law: Joe (Karen) Ruhland, Donald Ruhland, Dianne Ruhland, and Lorraine Fochs.  
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at St. John Catholic Church in St. John, Wisconsin with Rev. Michael Betley officiating.  Burial will follow in the Parish Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main St.) in Chilton from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Monday, November 29, 2021 and on Tuesday at the church from 9:30 am until 10:45 am.  A vigil service will take place at the close of the visitation Monday evening at the Wieting Family Funeral Home. To watch a livestream of Howard's service, see a recording of the service in the future, or view flowers given to the family, please click HERE
The family would like to express heartfelt thank you's to Frontida Assisted Living, Ascension St. Elizabeth Hospital and Century Ridge for their kind care given to Howie.
 
Howie and Rosie were great friends and he was the best square dance caller around. We had many good times together.

Pat and Dean Wallace (Square dance friends) - Nov. 29, 2021


He was a very nice and caring man

My sympathy to the family. (Your best UPS Man for 23 years Squeak Gremminger) - Nov. 28, 2021


We always enjoyed square dancing to Howie's calling. When Mary first became a caller, she benefited from Howie's advice, which he offered in a kind and nonjudgmental way. His help at area jamborees after he retired was especially appreciated. Mary valued Howie's input and sense of humor at our area callers' meetings, too, and was sorry when he was no longer able to attend. We extend our deepest sympathy to you, Al, and the rest of Howie's family, especially his children.

Mary Prisco & Forrest Baulieu (Square Dance Friends) - Nov. 28, 2021


Playing sheepshead with him. He would play quietly while he silently planned to crush you.

Ruhland Diane (Sibling in law) - Nov. 26, 2021


Our condolences. We enjoyed Howie's calling and he and Rosie's friendship over the years together on the dance floor!

Mike & Chris Short (Sheboygan) (Square dance friends) - Nov. 26, 2021


Sympathy to all Howard's
family and many friends.
Never had the pleasure
of meeting him, but, he
and Rosie raised the most
caring, giving and loving7
children. If you know any
of them, consider your-
self truly blessed!!!
Rest in peace, Howie.
GOD BLESS.

Connie Waldvogel (Neighbor of Ken and Sharon) - Nov. 26, 2021


When I was chosen to take over the square dance caller responsibility when Howie retired, I knew I had big shoes to fill.
I told fellow dancers that I was not taking his place, but that I am going to try to continue his legacy.
It was always to share the mic with Howie especially at are Christmas Dance when we did a singing call at the end of the dance.
We know that Howie is dancing up a storm with Rosie.

Chaarlie & Jan Bitter (Friends and fellow Square Dance Caller) - Nov. 26, 2021


Jeri, Charlie, Monica, Darrell and family, I am sending you my sympathy for your loss. Cherish the memories!

Judy Woelfel (New Holstein) - Nov. 25, 2021


I knew him since I was a little girl growing up in Neenah. My parents were square dancers and he was their caller. I remember them all coming to our house one summer night and dancing in the shallow end of our pool. Such great memories.

Tina Gillis (Guyant) - Nov. 24, 2021


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