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George F. Hoke Sr.

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George F. Hoke Sr. Obituary
SPRING GROVE George F. Hoke Sr., 77, passed away suddenly on his farm on Friday, June 20, 2014. He was the loving husband of Sue S. (Starr) Hoke. Together they shared nine years of marriage. He was predeceased by his first wife, Ann (Smith) Hoke, in 2004. George was born in Spring Grove, on March 12, 1937, and was the son of the late Casper and Sarah (Haar) Hoke. He graduated from Spring Grove High School class of 1955. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for P.H. Glatfelter Co. in Spring Grove for 40 years prior to retiring. He was a member of Harvest Chapel in Abbottstown. He enjoyed farming and taking mission trips through his church. He was a foster parent to over 42 children throughout his life. He was a former member of the Jaycees, the Exchange Club in Spring Grove and Hanover, and was an active member of the Spring Grove Alumni Chorus. He also earned his Pastor's license three years ago. He was a God loving man and cherished the time he spent with his family and grandchildren. In addition to his wife, Sue, he is survived by his sons, George F. Hoke, Jr. and wife, Angela, and Darren E. Hoke, his daughters, Darla S. Hoke, and Gena M. Richardson and husband, Calvin, 13 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren, all of Spring Grove. He is also survived by his stepdaughter, Jennifer B. Hales and husband, Shawn of Baltimore, Md.; his stepson, James Balthazor and wife, Gabrielle of Carlisle; his sister, Kathryn Mummert; his brothers, Martin and Allen Hoke; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Casper Hoke Jr.; and his sisters, Martha Dehoff, Barbara Strausbaugh, and Magdalene Kling. A funeral service in celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Harvest Chapel, 6947 York Road, Abbottstown 17301 with the Rev. Don Wolabaugh officiating. He will be laid to rest following the service at St. Peter Lischey's Cemetery in Spring Grove. Viewings will be held at the church on Monday from 5 to 9 p.m. and on Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. Family services are under the direction of Irwin-Beck Funeral Home & Cremation Service Inc. of Spring Grove. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Hanover Area Council of Churches, 136 Carlisle St., Hanover PA 17331. Condolences may be shared at
Published in Evening Sun on June 22, 2014
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