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John William Hocker service set

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Chesterton resident John William Hocker died Wednesday, March 3, 2010. He was 90.

He was born on July 15, 1919 in Beaver Dam, Kent., to Mary Jane (Neighbors) and William Fred Hocker. He was a resident of Chesterton with his wife Mary Oakel (Apple), who survives. They were married for 66 loving years.

John graduated from Beaver Dam High School in 1938. He served in the Army/Air Force during World War II. While in the service, John met and fell in love with Mary Oakel. They were married on Oct. 6, 1943 in Dover, Delaware.

After the war, John returned to college and graduated from Kentucky Wesleyan College with a B.A. in History. He worked with his father-in-law as a plastering contractor in Indianapolis from 1948-1959. John then worked as an accountant for Texas Instruments Corp. in Versailles, Kent. from 1959-1981. 

John was a member of the Chesterton First United Methodist Church. He was also a life-member of the Masonic Lodge. He belonged to the Scottish Rite and was a Shriner. In retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, playing cards, and visiting with his family and friends.

John is survived by his wife, Mary Oakel; daughter Anne Marie Hiestand (husband Terry); five grandchildren Sarah Lawson (Scott), Keith Hiestand (wife Carrie), Amy Klodzen (Paul), Caroline Faylor (Dan), and David Hiestand (Martha); and three great-grandchildren, Allison Louise Klodzen, Jack Edward Faylor, and Elizabeth Rose Lawson.

John was preceded in death by his brother C. Leonard Hocker and his sister Mildred D. Hocker.

Services will be held at noon on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at the White-Love Funeral Home, 525 S. 2nd St., Chesterton, with Rev. Terry Rhine officiating. The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. until the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the Organ Repair Fund at the First United Methodist Church, 434 S. 2nd St., Chesterton, IN 46304.


Posted 3/5/2010