LAKE JACKSON,TX -
ROGER HOSS went to go be with the Lord, Monday August 16, 2004. He was born on February 22, 1930 in Holy Paw, Florida. He was raised in Laurel, Miss by his siblings and eventually came to to Port Further, Texas at 16. He was taken in by the family of George "Podgie" and Mabel Hamilton in Stowell, Texas. Circumstances denied Roger the complete formal education he so much admired; however his leadership, contagious energy and infectious personality, enabled Roger to accomplish many lofty goals. The resulting lifetime of accomplishment was extraordinary. Roger began his life long commitment to the marine business as a very young man. Initially, he worked for the Hamilton family where he piloted a crew boat that serviced the Sun Oil Company. Roger's hard work and frugality made him the proud owner of his first boat at the mere age of eighteen. Roger also served in the U.S. Army alongside his lifelong friend, Freddie Brown. After receiving an Honorable Discharge, Roger then relocated to Aransas Pass, Texas where he lived until 1956, before settling in Freeport where he founded Tide Water Shrimp Company. From this time until his passing, Roger Hoss was a moving force in the Brazoria County Economy and its civic leadership. Initially shrimpers were forced to truck ice in to preserve their catch. Roger founded Freeport Ice Company, alongside his dear friends, Joe and Raymond Muchowich and B.G. "Bill" Wylie. This state of the art facility was a critical building block in enabling the shrimp and fishing business to thrive along the Gulf Coast. Roger then founded a full service shipyard facility, Sea Hoss Marine on the Old Brazos River. Adding to the area's job creation infrastructure. Roger possessed the vision to foresee Brazoria County's future as an important marine hub along the Gulf Coast. Traveling to his shipyard location was a single dirt road next to Stauffer Chemical Company formerly known as Freeport Sulpher. The rest of story is Gulf Coast history. Sea Hoss became a major international provider of oil service industry boats, including many in South America that are still in service a quarter of a century later. Roger was an industry leader. He was a founding member of the National Fisheries Association and the Texas Shrimp Association which furthered the industry. He was a natural leader that inspired others to follow him in many aspects of business. He formed American Maintenance and Rentals in 1974, which was a strong force to be reckoned with in the generator and compressor sales and service industry. He garnered the spotlight but like to project it towards others. It was his dream in 1986 to produce and orchestrate a "Salute to Industry" to honor Dow Chemical and what they meant to the Brazosport area. Hundreds gathered including dignitaries, moguls and politicians to show their support from every aspect of the business environment in Brazoria County. Roger's achievements in business only highlighted his philanthropic and civic accomplishments. Roger was named The Rotary Club's highest honor, "The Paul Harris award" and Brazoria County's "Man of the Year" . He was a member of the Chamber of Commerce. He was an avid supporter of the Brazoria County Youth Home; the Bill Glass Prison Ministry; the Masonic Lodge. His parents John Henry and Margaret Hoss preceded him in death at a very early age. As a toddler, he was raised by his brothers and sisters. He is also preceded in death by his brothers John William Hoss of Laurel, MS and Harold Hoss of Jackson, MS. His loving sisters Betty Hoss Hunter of Shreveport, LA; Ruby Hoss Moody; Margaret Hoss Clark and her husband Kimbell of Laurel, MS; have banded together and shared a deep love of family that carries on today. He also leaves behind his loving wife of 22 years Annette Hoss. A son, John Roger Hoss and his wife Sherri along with their daughter Danielle. His daughter Kristi Hoss Schiller and her husband John of Houston, along with their children Daniel and Hailey. He also leaves behind as he often referred to his "bonus children" Jaye Blaha and her children, Brett, Ashley and Madeline; along with Jeff Leonard and his wife Ana. Funerals services will be at Lakewood Funeral Home. Viewing will be from 6:00 to 9:00PM Wednesday evening. A memorial service will be held at Family Life Church, 220 Lake Rd, Lake Jackson, Thursday at 3:00PM followed by fellowship at the Lake Jackson Civic Center until 6:00PM.