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Ronald L. Hoke

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ABBOTTSTOWN Ronald L. Hoke, 79, died Thursday, March 21, 2013, at his residence. He was the husband of Jeanne M. (Hoffman) Hoke, his wife of 59 years. Ronald was born February 12, 1934, in Hamilton Twp., Adams Co., the son of the late Richard E. and Miriam E. (Eisenhart) Hoke. Ronald was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Abbottstown, where he served on the church council, church choir, and the cemetery board. He started helping at the family business, Hoke Mills, in Abbottstown, at the age of 12, later became owner, and remained active in the business until his passing. He also owned and operated a farming business for more than 35 years, and served in the U.S. Army for two years following the Korean Conflict. He was a life member of the Abbottstown Fire Co., and was a member of the Hanover Barbershop Chorus, Hebron Lodge F&M #465 in New Oxford, Hanover Royal Arch Chapter, Penn Council #67, Hanover, and Bethel #98 Knights Templar. In addition to his wife, Jeanne, Ronald is survived by two daughters, Susan E. Williams and her husband, Christopher of Abbottstown, and Julie A. Harbold and her ex-husband, Michael of Vancouver, Wash.; a son, Daniel L. Hoke and his wife, Faith of Abbottstown; seven grandchildren, Andrea White and her husband, Jason, Nicole Williams, Deron Williams, Steven Harbold, Michaela Harbold, Matthew Hoke, and Luke Hoke; two great-grandchildren, Samuel and Henry White; and a sister, Shirley Mummert and her husband, Wayne of East Berlin. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 100 E. Water St., Abbottstown, with his pastor, the Rev. Shawn Berkebile, officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Viewings will be held on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Feiser Funeral Home, Inc., 302 Lincolnway West, New Oxford, and on Wednesday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church Endowment Fund. Memories may be shared at www.feiserfuneralhome.com
Published in Evening Sun on Mar. 23, 2013
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