DALE R. HOCKSTRA went to be with the Lord on May 18, 2014. He was born to Eulalia and Harry Hockstra on April 27, 1925 in McBride, Michigan. He grew up on a farm and attended a one-room schoolhouse and graduated from Edmore High School in 1942. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp in 1943 and served with the Ninth Air Force in Europe. Notable among his various citations was the European Battle Ribbon with four bronze stars and the Belgium Foreguerre for his action in the Battle of the Bulge and Presidential Unit Citation. He was one of the "Greatest Generation" and always so proud of his service to his country.
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Upon his discharge Dale married his high school sweetheart, Doris Dailey. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1950 and was a life long proud Spartan.
In 1953 he joined the Equitable Life Assurance Society as an agent in Detroit, Michigan. He was a very successful salesman and agency manager. He was a member of the "Million Dollar Club" and received numerous awards with the company. He retired from Equitable in 1980 and worked part time at Cornelius Nursery for 15 years. He loved plants and gardening. He always said, "One is nearest to God when in the garden."
Dale was a generous man giving of his time and self to those that needed assistance. He was a great sports fan and so loved the Michigan State Spartans, Astros, and most of all the Houston Rockets!!!
His daughter, Pamela, and his wife, Doris, preceded Dale in death. His daughter, Diane Tobin, her husband Jim, his granddaughter Kimberly Lehl and husband Philip, and his grandson Brian Roberson and great-grandson Leo Jinks-Lehl survive him.
Dale has been a member of Springwoods Methodist Church for over 35 years. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Spring Woods Benevolent Fund or the Houston SPCA.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m Thurs., May 22, at Klein Funeral Home, Champions. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Fri., May 23, at Spring Woods United Methodist Church, 1711 Cypress Creek Parkway, Houston. A reception will follow in the church followed by interment at Klein Memorial Park, FM 2920, Tomball, TX.
Klein Funeral Home - Champion Forest
16131 Champion Forest Drive Spring, TX 77379
Published in Houston Chronicle on May 21, 2014