NAPOLEON -- Eugene "Sonny" Hogrefe, 76, of Napoleon, was welcomed by his Heavenly Father on Friday, July 18, 2014, at Henry County Hospital.
He was born September 1, 1937, to the late Henry and Neva (Rettig) Hogrefe. On May 18, 1968, he married Barbara Abbott. At the age of 18, he started Eugene Hogrefe, Inc. Trucking Company, which is now Dad's Trucking, LLC; and in 1992, he created Sonny's Auto Sales, which both still operate today. He was all about working hard, never going anywhere without his vise-grips. He was known for his endless sense of humor, and always taking time to help others. He carried these traits throughout his life and his final days. Sonny had the courage and strength to get through his share of life's challenges, which included battles with multiple cancers and heart conditions. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed vacationing in Florida and took pleasure in supporting and watching his son race at Oakshade.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Connie (David) Froelich, Napoleon, Joann (Billy) Pennington, Addison, Michigan, Danny Hogrefe, Napoleon; grandchildren, Nikita Froelich, Joshua Froelich, Makaela Ekstrand and Sonny Froelich; and brother, Gary Hogrefe, Napoleon.
He was also preceded in death by brother, Robert Hogrefe.
Services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Rodenberger Funeral Home, Napoleon, with Rev. Peter Marcis officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials are to the American Cancer Society or donor's choice. www.rodenbergerfuneralhome.com.