Gordon Jeremiah Hocker - 87
7/28/1930 - 6/25/2018
Pekin, Illinois formerly of Colchester
Gordon Jeremiah Hocker 87 of Pekin, Illinois, passed away Thursday, November 30, 2017, at UnityPoint Health-Pekin. He was born July 29, 1930, in Colchester, to Thomas Clayton and Flora Irene (Harpe) Hocker. He married Violet M. Tyler on June 6, 1965, in DeKalb, Illinois.
Surviving are his daughter, Denise Hocker of Pekin, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Loretta Jones Degitz, Hannah Lucille Turner and Lolita Hocker.
A United States Air Force veteran on the Korean War, he served from January 12, 1951 to January 11, 1955. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education in 1958 and a Master of Science degree in Education in 1966, both from Western Illinois University in Macomb. From 1958 to 1968 Gordon served as a teacher, coach, superintendent and principal in Mapleton and Laura, Illinois. In 1968 he began with Pekin Public Schools District 108 as Principal of C.B. Smith. He spent the last tree years of his career back in the classroom teaching physical education at Jefferson school. He retired in June of 1988. Following his retirement, Gordon worked for Mike Fahnders Auction in Pekin for several years and assisted with the Pekin AMBUC Charity Auction for several years. He had a lifelong of sports, especially the Chicago Cubs. In his youth, he was an exceptional athlete earning the nickname as “The Little Giant” in high school. Gordon was an outdoorsman with hunting, fishing and mushrooming as particular favorites.
Graveside services will be approximately 12:30 Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Colchester, with Pastor Mark Hanson, following the committal service of his cousin Norma Lee Jones. Jones Mortuary in Colchester is handleing arrangements. In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church 1315 Court Street, Pekin, Illinois 61554. Condolences may be expressed to the family at jonesmortuaryfh.com
12:30 Wednesday following Norma Lee Jones graveside at Mt. Auburn