Richard Homer Hoch,, age 82

Richard Homer Hoch died on Jan. 23, 2021, at the age of 82, in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The cause was COVID-19, this devastating disease that he fought bravely, with great strength and determination.

Richard was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 5, 1938, to Wharton Hoch and Betty Wilson.  He was raised in Marion, Kansas, by his father and his loving stepmother Nadine (Noll) Hoch. He grew up helping his father with the family newspaper, the Marion County Record. He had a nasty but proud scar on his left foot, caused when a can of molten lead spilled while he was setting type (at eight years old!)

Richard graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in business, where he met and married the love of his life Nancy (DeLong) Hoch in 1961. He later earned his Law Degree from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. Never afraid of hard work, he paid his way through school working as a switchman on the Santa Fe Railroad.

He was from a well respected political and newspaper family in Kansas. His great-grandfather E.W. Hoch was Governor of the State of Kansas and a renowned orator. His grandfather, Homer Hoch, a U.S. Congressman and Kansas Supreme Court Justice.

In 1964 he and his wife Nancy, moved to Nebraska City (her hometown) to settle down, start his law practice and their family.  Richard celebrated a successful law career that spanned over 50 years in the State of Nebraska.  From 1969-1971 he was the Attorney to the Governor under Norbert Tiemann and before that, County Attorney in Otoe County, serving three years. He acted as legal counsel to the Nebraska City School Board for over 20 years. He was also one of the instigators of Fort Teen, a youth facility, in the 1970s.

He was a long-time active member of the Nebraska City Elks Lodge and served as the Exalted Ruler. Richard joined Rotary Club in Nebraska City in 1964, where he was the president for two separate terms and continued to be a member until his death. He could be found most mornings during his young legal career at the men’s coffee klatch in the basement of the bank; a great fraternity of local businessmen who met daily for coffee, doughnuts, and banter. He loved travel, sailboats, cars, and later in life, developed a passion for motorcycles.

Richard was an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church where he also taught a high school Sunday School class for several years. He hung the American flag out before he went to work and took it in before bed, almost every day of his adult life, a proud and patriotic American. He was also a huge supporter, speechwriter, driver, the rudder and anchor for his wife’s political and professional career.  He was a modern man before it was popular to be so.

Richard was the first and only Gringo to be gored by a bull in San Miguel de Allende, during the very first Pamplonada, “running of the bulls”. It was his favorite story, and he wore that scar like a badge!! But he was first a family man. He baked bread, spent weekends doing yard work, playing with his kids and always made the best Sunday brunches around. He coached little league baseball, built playhouses, volunteered for different organizations and was a father figure to several kids in his neighborhood. He made wills for little old ladies who could only pay with homemade preserves, and farmers who paid with sweet corn or pork.

Richard is survived by his wife Nancy, his dear stepmother Nadine Hoch and his three children: Sarah Hoch and her husband Ernesto Herrara, of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Richard Hoch II and his wife Kristie, of Tucson, Arizona and Hannah Hoch of San Miguel de Allende, México. Five grandchildren: Santiago, Nancy, Richard, Joshua and Coco, and two great grandchildren, Eli and Johan. He is also survived by six of his seven brothers and sisters, and their families: Robert Hoch, Beverly Hoch Steinel, James Hoch, William Hoch, Jane Wilson and John Wilson. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Sue Wilson. 

Condolences may be mailed to

Sarah Hoch

Prolongacion de la Calzada Aurora #11

San Miguel de Allende GTO 37700



Nadine Hoch

3819 Monte Carlo Lane

Denton, TX 76210

Posted online on January 27, 2021