Rev. William E. Hoch, 62, pastor at Peace UCC, enjoyed wildlife photography, hunting Pokemon

By on May 30, 2018

Reverend William E. Hoch, 62, of Stevens passed away Tuesday morning, May 22, 2018 at Phoebe Berks, Wernersville surrounded by his loving family.

Bill was the son of the late Walter W. and Gertrude A. (Priestley) Hoch, and the devoted husband of 40 years, on June 10, of Janis (Kehlenbeck) Hoch.

Bill served as the pastor of Peace UCC, Denver, since March of 1998; and was the former pastor of Leslie UCC, Leslie, Mich., for eight years; and Paris UCC, Paris, Ohio, for six years. He was a 1980 graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary. Bill’s ministry, kindness, and friendship deeply impacted the community as he shared faith that was open, creative and loving to all. He had a passion and talent for photography, especially birds and wildlife. His best Pop Pop skills included DJing dance parties and Pokemon hunting for his grandsons.

In addition to his wife, Bill is survived by his daughter: Pamela Jane (Jason) Getz of Blandon; two grandchildren: Braydon Patrick and Rowan William Getz; and his sister: Jane (Edmund) Frost of Virginia Beach, Va.

Services were May 25 at Peace United Church of Christ, Denver.

Contributions to be made to Peace UCC, 37 E Swartzville Road, Denver, PA 17517; or Cocalico Ministerium, PO Box 385, Adamstown, Pa 19501.

Good Sipler Funeral & Cremation Centre, Reamstown, was entrusted with the services. Condolences may be posted at

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