Merlin F. Hocken (1944 - 2013)

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INDEPENDENCE– Merlin F. Hocken, 69, of Meza, Ariz., and formerly of Independence, died Friday, July 19, at his home in Mesa.
Merlin was born on Jan. 28, 1944, in Cedar Rapids, the son of Merlin L. and Katherine (O'Brien) Hocken. He attended the East Buchanan Schools in Winthrop, and on Feb. 23, 1962 he enlisted in the U.S. Army serving until his discharge on Feb. 19, 1965. He moved to Clairmore, Okla. where he owned and operated "The Tool Shed" and "D & M Auto" prior to returning to Independence, where he owned and operated the "Hocken's Auto", "Allerton-Axtel Supper Club" (The Barn) in Independence, and Oelwein Auto in Oelwein, prior to moving to Mesa, Ariz.
He is survived by two children; Rachelle Pepper and Shane (Molly) Beatty both of Independence; two grandchildren, Jackson and Kaitlyn Beatty; his finance, Barbara "Bobbi" Hillman, Mesa, Ariz.; six brothers, LeRoy Hocken, Flagstaff, Ariz., Dean Hocken, Huntsville, Ala., Robert Hocken Independence, Jerry Hocken, Mesa, Ariz., Harold and Ronnie Hocken, Independence; and three sisters; Kathleen Mason, Queen Creek, Ariz., Darlene Hocken and Theresa Hocken of Independence.
Merlin was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, DeWayne Hocken and two brothers in infancy.
Memorial services will be held at 12 Noon Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory, Independence with inurnment in St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery, Winthrop. Friends may call from 10 a.m. till services Saturday at the funeral home.
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Independence, IA 50644
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Aug. 12 to Aug. 31, 2013
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