The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Meet Your Neighbor

Greg Hoener, Sr. of Sutter. Greg has been a teacher for 23 years at Illini West High school where he made the transition from Carthage to Illini West; he also farms and is a Hancock County Reserve Deputy.

Greg was born on February 14th, 1966 in Quincy, the son of Edgar (Bud) Hoener and Sue Hoener. They live about a mile from Greg in the suburbs of Sutter. Bud was in the Army and farmed his entire life. Sue was a secretary at Vinson and Sill heating and plumbing until she retired. They are currently enjoying retirement and their grandchildren.

Greg grew up on the family farm in the Suburbs of Sutter where he currently lives. His dad was born in the dining room& .. a few years ago.

Greg is the grandson of the late George and Frieda Hoener of Sutter and Tommy and Elnora Smyser of Emerson, Missouri. George and Frieda were farmers and Tommy and Elnora were farmers and ran a general store.

Greg graduated from Warsaw high school in 1984. He graduated from Culver Stockton College in Canton, Missouri in 1989. He started teaching right out of college. He started working with At-Risk Students for nearly 3 years and then went to Carthage, now Illini West. He has been teaching for 25 years total.

Greg has an older brother Doug who lives in Quincy. He works in human resources for the state. Younger sister, Tammy is a math teacher at Hannibal Missouri High School.

Greg and his wife Kathy were married on August 12, 1989. Kathy is 39 and holding BEEEEEEUTIFULLY. She grew up in Baring, Missouri near Kirksville. Kathy helps with the family farm and has taught elementary school in the Mendon School District for 24 years. Yea she started teaching when she was 15. Child Prodigy.

Greg and Kathy have 4 children. Oldest son Mike is 24, and his wife, Richlyn both graduated from Warsaw High school and Western Illinois University. Greg, Jr. is 22 and graduated from Warsaw High school and is now a senior at WIU. Son, Thomas is 19 and is currently a sophomore at WIU, and the youngest, daughter, Amber is 16 and is currently enrolled at West Hancock High school.

Greg says,  I have been blessed to work with many wonderful young people in this area. There have been so many times I am taken back by what the young people in this area have accomplished. Being just a small part of that is very special. I would say the greatest achievements I have been blessed with are my children, Mike, Greg, Jr., Thomas and Amber. I truly believe the greatest responsibility/duty; also gift from God is to be a father (parent) for your children. I take a part of that attitude into  my kids I teach. 

In his  spare time, Greg is a member of the volunteer fire department for Lima/Tioga Fire department. He has coached summer league softball and 4th-8th grade basketball in the Warsaw district around 20 years. Greg is a member of the Hancock County Deputy Reserves and is a member of the Bethany United Church of Christ in Tioga. He also enjoys hunting and fishing and working on old 70 s 4x4s. The most fun I have is spending time with my family doing whatever.

Greg says.  It has really been an honor to work with the young people and not so young people of this area. As I'm getting older& and older I get a kick out of it when a student says& & . when my mom/dad had you in school. I have always been so amazed at the communities and how they pull together when the times get tough to accomplish so much. We are really lucky to live in such a place. The friendships and experiences are worth more than can be measured by any amount of money. I've been blessed by God to have lived in such a great place and with people that I truly believe are the best this world has to offer.