Harold Dunlap “Hocky” Hockenberry, 92, of Walker Township, Huntingdon, went to be with the Lord Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, at the Village at Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg.
Born March 2, 1927, in Huntingdon, he was a son of the late Earl and Ada (Dunlap) Hockenberry. He was united in marriage to the former Marjorie L. Grubb Aug. 27, 1949, at the McConnellstown Methodist Church, by the Rev. Gerald Wilson. His wife of 70 years survives at their residence.
In addition to his wife, he survived by two daughters, Linda Clark of Orbisonia and Joyce Ieraci and her husband, Phil, of Huntingdon; one granddaughter, Hillary Zucco and her husband, Gus, of Gettysburg; and two great-grandchildren, Alicia Dunlap Styer and Ethan Lewis Styer of Gettysburg.
He is also survived by seven special nieces and nephews who referred to him as “Uncle Bill”, William “Bill” Rhodes, Barb (Hockenberry) Besselman, Peg Hockenberry, Randy Hockenberry, Jeff Besselman, Erik Besselman and Olivia Besselman.
He was preceded in death by a nephew, Jay Rhodes; son-in-law, Richard Locke “Dick” Clark; and was the last surviving member of his immediate family, having been preceded in death by three siblings, Helen Rhodes, Robert “Bob” Hockenberry and Richard “Dick” Hockenberry.
Mr. Hockenberry was an active and faithful member of the McConnellstown United Methodist Church, McConnellstown, where he was a member for 70 years.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy Feb. 15, 1945, and was stationed with the Navy Sea Bees in the South Pacific during World War II. He was honorably discharged July 26, 1946, attaining the rank of Seaman First Class, and was awarded the Pacific Theater Ribbon, the American Theater Ribbon, and the World War II Victory Medal.
He entered the U.S. Army Aug. 26, 1950, and was called to active duty during the Korean War, serving with the 131st Transportation Truck Co. of Huntingdon. He was honorably discharged April 7, 1952, attainting the rank of Sergeant First Class, and was awarded the Korean Service Medal with Three Bronze Campaign Stars. In addition, he was nominated “Warrior of the Week” in 2017 by Forever Broadcasting, Altoona.
Mr. Hocenberry was a member of the Frank P. Hommon Post 24, American Legion and a life member of the Standing Stone Post 1754, Veterans of Foreign Wars, both of Huntingdon. He was also a member of the Gettis Ridge Rod and Gun Club.
He attended Huntingdon public schools and was a 1947 graduate of Huntingdon High School, where he participated in track and football.
After graduation, Mr. Hockenberry became employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad and remained employed until he was called to active duty during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge, he returned to the Pennsylvania Railroad, where he worked until 1958. He then began working for Weis Markets, Huntingdon, until 1962. In 1962, he was hired by the State Correctional Institution at Huntingdon as a corrections officer. He served in that role until 1963, when he was promoted to food service instructor; and held that title until his retirement April 23, 1980, after 17.5 years of service.
He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and vegetable gardening. He was also a dedicated and loyal Huntingdon Bearcat football fan; and had a passion for painting. His family will remember him as a loyal family man, who was a hard worker and a jack of all trades.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the McConnellstown United Methodist Church, 11251 Ward St., McConnellstown, with the Rev. Jonathan Morningstar officiating. Interment with military honors accorded by the joint VFW/American Legion Honor Guard will be made in the Huntingdon Memorial Gardens, Walker Township, Huntingdon.
Friends may call from 10-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in remembrance of Mr. Hockenberry may be made to the McConnellstown United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 146, McConnellstown, PA 16660.
Services are under the direction of the John B. Brown Funeral Home, 417 Washington St., Huntingdon.
To sign an online guestbook and express condolences, visit www.johnbbrownfuneralhome.com.