John L. "Jack" Hofmockel
1928 - 2013
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Hofmockel John L. "Jack" SCRIPPS RANCH -- John L.Hofmockel, LCDR USN RET. Jack Hofmockel, age 85, devoted husband, father, and grandfather, passed away October 12, 2013. Survived by Gladys, his beloved wife of 62 years, siblings Gerald, Kendall, Donald, Carolyn, his children Jeff, Dave (Jo), Jane (Gary), John Jr. (Marcia), Glenn (Mary), Carol (Hannes), Mary (Dan), and nine grandchildren. Jack was born and raised in Sunman, IN. Jack was a 1951 graduate of the US Naval Academy and held master's degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School and USC. As a Navy pilot, Jack commanded blimp patrols along the east coast. His 20-year Navy career included duty at the Fleet Computer Programming Center, Pacific and he later enjoyed a civilian computer science career for an additional 23 years. He was deeply loved by his family for his constant support, faithfulness, and humility. He had a thirst for knowledge and was an avid reader and sports fan. Interment will be at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. Donations may be made in his memory to the Aurella Hofmockel Memorial Scholarship Fund or the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Oct. 20, 2013.
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July 3, 2014
I grew up in Sunman and was one of Aurella's students. I only knew Jack from his returns to Sunman for the High School reunions. I can tell by reading these comments what great children Aurella raised. When her children created Aurella's Scholarship Fund, I thought how proud she would have been. Thanks to your family's generosity, many Sunman area graduates will benefit. Condolences from the Sunman community.
Karyl Schmidt
November 2, 2013
I worked with Jack right after I graduated from college in the mid-80s. He was so patient whenever he helped me. I loved hearing stories of his time in the military. He'd start laughing at his own story as he was telling it -- a lot like my own dad.

I had the pleasure of working with his daughter, Jane, so I was able to keep tabs on Jack through the years. Jane and her father shared more than one or two similarities!

My condolences to the entire family on your loss. I hope your memories of his kind and generous heart will ease your pain.
Chris Lisman
October 30, 2013
As Jack's youngest sibling and only sister, I was always very proud of him as well as my other three brothers. They all did very well academically in school and were good athletes as well. They were an inspiration to me. I was very proud of Jack when he received the appointment to Anapolis.

Jack gave me some very practical advise when I was growing up. He said when you get a job, save a portion of each pay check for your retirement. Thanks to Jack I did that and now I'm enjoying my retirement.

David and I send our heart-felt condolences to Gladys, their children, and their grandchildren. I'm extremely grateful that I had a big brother like Jack Hofmockel.

Love to all,
Carolyn Bogue
October 28, 2013
I'll miss you, Dad. Peace.
Dave Hofmockel
October 24, 2013
I read this somewhere and wanted to share. "When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure." Even though our times together were few, and our only communication was via our family website and email, Uncle Jack was a treasure to me long before he was a memory. I feel so fortunate to have been at the family reunion in September. Hearing all the old stories was amazing. I am hoping that your wonderful memories will help to ease your sorrow. Hugs to all who are missing Jack.
Patty Lyday
October 23, 2013
You will be sorely missed by all!
Dan Devlin
October 22, 2013
Jack and Gladys 2011
We are so blessed to have had Dad in our lives these 85 years. He was a uniquely soulful person who gave pure kindness, joyous laughter, and thoughtful insight to everyone in his life. Even through our sadness and these tears, his smile lights the way, and we celebrate a life well lived. Godspeed.
Glenn Hofmockel
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