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Dean Hocker

Dean Hocker

Sunday, January 10th, 1932 - Saturday, May 9th, 2020
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Obituary

L. Dean Hocker was born January 10, 1932 in Abilene the son of Ed and Kati (Mueller) Hocker. Dean grew up in Abilene graduating from Abilene High School. Following high school, Dean served his country during the Korean War in the United States Army.

Dean worked for Steffek Construction, Chet Gay Construction, and Harbin Construction for many years before owning his own construction company Hocker Construction.

He was the unofficial City Inspector of Abilene for many years, and loved his coffee friends, walking through Paul Mueller’s God’s Garden and the rose garden at Eisenhower Park. He also delivered Meals on Wheels in Abilene.

He married Evalou Leadford and they had 2 children. They later divorced and he married Shirley Smith. They had one child and Shirley passed away in May of 1982. He then had a longtime special friend Ada Wood. Ada passed away in October of 2013.

Dean is survived by his sons Chris Hocker of Abilene, Shane and his wife Darcy Hocker of Abilene, step sons Steve Atkinson of Austin, Texas, Rodney French of Topeka, Kansas, Rick Black of Abilene; stepdaughter Jan Eisenhauer of Pleasant Hill, Missouri; sister Dorothy Bereznak of Abilene; and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Shirley, daughter Patty Price, brothers Harold and Leo Hocker, sister Helen Markley, and his parents.

Because COVID-19, funeral services will be private on Thursday with military honors provided by the Fr. Riley Honor Guard. Friends may sign the register book from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels or to the Eisenhower Rose Garden and may be sent in care of the Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home, 414 NW 3rd Street, Abilene, Kansas 67410.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 | 8:00am - 8:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 8:00am - 8:00pm
    Location
    Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home
    Address
    414 N 3rd
    ABILENE, KS 67410
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  • Second Visitation

    Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 | 8:00am - 8:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 8:00am - 8:00pm
    Location
    Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home
    Address
    414 N 3rd
    ABILENE, KS 67410
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Location
    Martin-Becker-Carlson Funeral Home
    Address
    414 N 3rd
    ABILENE, KS 67410
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Services are private
    Officiant
    Pastor Stan Norman
  • Interment

    Location
    Abilene Cemetery
    Address
    14th Street
    ABILENE, KS
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Dale Reitz

Posted at 10:34pm
Goodbye old friend. I'll miss seeing you at McDonald's. Always enjoyed our talks. You were fun to pick on, just to get Ada fired up.

Cindy Monroe

Posted at 09:04pm
Condolences from the Ron Shivers family.
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Posted at 08:27am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Jerry Hocker

Posted at 05:31pm
Tony and I are both deeply saddened to learn of Dean's passing. He was an awesome uncle, good friend and skilled craftsman. I am grateful for the hundreds of fond memoies he gave me. He will be greatly missed by all who had the good fortune to know him.

Our hearts and prayers are with those that survive. We hope you can find some comfort in a life well lived.

Jerry Hocker, Chicago
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