Kenneth Hockenberry Jr.

Obituary of Kenneth Eugene Hockenberry Jr.

Kenneth Eugene Hockenberry Jr., passed away peacefully at his home, with his wife of 48 years by his side on August 21, 2021.

He was born in Mansfield, Ohio on April 12, 1951, to Mary Helen Hockenberry and Kenneth Eugene Hockenberry Sr. (1924-2005).  Brother to Marc W. Hockenberry.  Ken grew up in Mansfield and graduated high school in 1969.  He was working on his associates degree until he was drafted during the Vietnam War.  During his service he married Janet Maire Shepherd of New London, OH. 

After fulfilling his service, Ken and his newly wedded wife decided to make their home in Alexandria, VA. Shortly after, he began his career with the federal government, where he would spend the next 38 years.  Ken started with the Department of Labor then transitioned to the Department of Treasury and ended his career at the Internal Revenue Service, retiring in 2012.

Whether he was teaching his sons, coaching, or playing himself, he was an avid sportsman.  He was an accomplished bowler with an 800 series and multiple “perfect” 300 games.  Ken also enjoyed golf, but like many, he was forever a student of the game.

Watching sports was one of his favorite past times.  He was a big fan of the Nationals, Capitals, and the Washington Football Team.  However, his favorite team of all hails from Ohio, Go Bucks! As a diehard Ohio State fan, he rarely missed a televised game.

Passed down from his father’s career in car mechanics, Ken had a passion for well-built and fast automobiles, the 1970 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 package being one of his all-time favorites. 

His family, by far, was his number one love. Ken was a devoted husband to the love of his life, Janet M. Hockenberry.  Father to Chad K. Hockenberry and daughter-in-law Jennifer G. Hockenberry, father to Bradley G. Hockenberry and daughter-in-law Danielle W. Hockenberry, son of Mary H. Hockenberry, son-in-law of Edna M. Youngless, and wonderful grandfather (Poppie) to Adam, Naia, Maxwell and Emery.

As a proud father and grandfather, Ken loved life and passed on many wise and thoughtful life lessons.  Ken lived life on his terms.  His courage, free spirit, and joyfulness was an inspiration to all that were fortunate to know him.

In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital St. Jude -Ken Hockenberry Memorial and/or the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation CureMeso-Ken Hockenberry Memorial

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