Witold Alexander Hoja, MD, 87, passed away on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.
Alex was born on September 14, 1929 in Krotoszyn, Poland to Jan and Teresa (Gorzel) Hoja.
He lived in Poland until the age of 14 when he escaped to Germany in 1943 where he lived with his older sister. In 1950 he was awarded a scholarship and student visa to attend Berea College in Kentucky where he graduated in 1953 with his pre-med degree. While attending Berea College he met Ulrike Gaebler and they married one day after his graduation. Alex attended medical school at Louisville. In 1957 he joined the United States Army and was sent to Fitzsimmons Army Hospital for his OB-GYN residency. After his residency he and his family were stationed in Frankfurt, Germany for several years and also Georgia.
In 1965 they moved to Poplar Bluff where he practiced medicine and delivered babies for over 30 years.
Alex loved Poplar Bluff and was involved with several organizations. The Boy Scouts of America awarded him with the Silver Beaver Award for outstanding service to the Scouts.
Alex is survived by his loving spouse of 63 years, Ulrike Hoja of the home; one son, Tom (Dee) Hoja of Poplar Bluff; and 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Paul and Mike Hoja; 6 siblings and his parents.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 1-3:00 p.m. at Moore Funeral Service in Poplar Bluff, MO.
Funeral services will be immediately following visitation at 3:00 pm in chapel.
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