WEST CHESTER Donald Smith Hoke, 85, died Monday, July 21, 2014, at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania. He was the husband of Barbara W. Hoke. Born in York, he was the son of the late William and Helen (Smith) Hoke. Don graduated from York High School and attended Ursinus College and Stonier School of Banking. He joined the Army and served in Korea and Germany from 1951-1953. Upon returning to civilian life, Don pursued a career in the banking trust departments in York, Harrisburg, and Kennett Square, retiring from Meridian bank in 1987. Donald volunteered with the Red Cross and the Boy Scouts, which sparked an interest in local history, especially, the Revolutionary War. He became an interpreter and tour guide at the Brandywine Battlefield. Don enjoyed planning trips with the YAG Club and taking family vacations, both winter and summer. In addition to his wife, Don is survived by four children, Steve Hoke of Horsham, Brian Hoke of Union Springs, N.Y., Susan Courtney of Clifton, Va., and Laurie Downs of Greenwich, Conn.; seven grandchildren, Brittany Rudershausen, Melissa and Jamie Hoke, Drew and Austin Courtney, and Carly and Kevin Downs; great-grandchild, Parker Rudershausen, son of Dan and Brittany; and a sister-in-law, Jean Hoke of Ephrata. He was predeceased by his sister, Janet Reiff, and his brother, William F. Hoke. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 2, 2014, at 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 130 W. Miner St., West Chester, PA 19382. Prior to that, a private graveside service will be held at Slate Ridge Cemetery in Delta, with military honors presented by the Pennsylvania National Guard Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, his family would appreciate memorial contributions to First Presbyterian Church at the above address. For directions or to send condolences, please visit www.harkinsfuneralhome.com or call 800-550-5915 .
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Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch on July 24, 2014