October 17, 1929 - April 21, 2017
George Hocking passed from this life to the next April 21, 2017 following complications from open heart surgery. His four children were there to see him off. George was born October 17, 1929 in California. He graduated from San Jose State in 1955 with a degree in accounting. In 1960 he married his wife of 53 years, Judy. They had four children, Michael Hocking (Tami), Patrick Hocking (Natalie), Terri Parker, and Susan Fullhart (Don.) They also had 10 grandchildren, Erika, Sierra, Jessica, Hannah, Abbie, Michael, Jana, Sam, Ben, and Paul; and two great-granddaughters, Sophie and Charlotte, with another on the way.
In 1969, George and Judy moved their family from Delano, Calif. to Ashland, Oregon where they lived for over 30 years. During this time, George spent 23 years as the controller for Grange Co-op, retiring in 1993. A man of many interests, George now had the time to pursue these interests and he did so with gusto. Some of his favorite pastimes were reading, golf, watching sports, eating (he had an impressive reputation in this department!), an afternoon nap, driving trips, poker, a nightly glass of wine, and spending time with his family and many friends.
George, truly the finest of men, will be sorely missed by all who knew him. He had a quick wit and a glass-half-full outlook that made him a joy to be around. He was grounded in his faith and a simple morality that guided him until the day he died. He once described himself as, “A simple man, uncomplicated, happy and blessed by God with a wonderful family and the finest of friends. I am one of those truly lucky people who have gone through life feeling good about almost everything.”
Per George’s instructions, we will be having a party in celebration of a life well lived and a man deeply loved. We will be serving some of his favorite foods and playing the music he enjoyed. The celebration will be held at 1:00 p.m. May 27, 2017 at the Central Point Grange Hall, 436 E. Pine Street, Central Point, Ore. At George’s specific request, it will be a casual affair where anyone who desires can share a memory or two, especially if it’s humorous in nature.