Elwood "Skip" C. Hocker Jr.

Born: Thu., Aug. 1, 1946
Died: Tue., Jun. 18, 2019


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Tue., Jun. 25, 2019
Location: Yost - Gedon Funeral Home

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Tue., Jun. 25, 2019
Location: Yost - Gedon Funeral Home

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Elwood C. "Skip"  Hocker, Jr., 72,  of  26  Irish Lane, Lock Haven, passed away at the Gatehouse Hospice, Williamsport, on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. He was born in Lancaster County on Aug. 1, 1946 to Elwood C. and Anna Mary Zieger Hocker, Sr.
Skip was a graduate of the Lampeter-Strasburg High School and Franklin & Marshall College. He served in Vietnam with the U.S. Navy. Skip retired from  the Lock Haven Police Department as Chief of police and had also served as a detective of Lancaster City Police, as well as chief of West Hempfield Township.Skip was a member of the Manheim Masonic Lodge #587 and Lock Haven Lafayette Lodge #199. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.

Skip was united in marriage June 10, 1984, to Tina M. Elliott, who survives at home. Also surviving is a son, Jack  (Ruth) Hocker, of Lancaster, Pa.;  a daughter, Shannon Will, of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; a sister, Julie Newcomer, of Columbia, Pa.; and five grandchildren, Madison Will, Teddy Will, Adam Will, Taylor (Austin) Hare, and Zachary Hocker.

Memorial services with full military honors for Elwood C."Skip"  Hocker, Jr. will be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 11 a.m. in Yost-Gedon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, LLC. 121 W. Main St., Lock Haven. Officiating will be Rev. Laura King, of the Caldwell United Methodist Church. Family and friends will be received in the funeral home Tuesday one hour prior to services. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be  made in Skip's name to the Caldwell United Methodist Church, in care of Carol Kaler, 494 Hollow Road, Lock Haven, Pa. 17745.

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John Wasserman
   Posted Thu June 20, 2019
Tina and family,

You have my deepest sympathy in the passing of Skip. We had some good times socially, and I have good memories of working with him a few times when he was chief of police. He was a good man, and he will be missed.

John Wasserman

David Odenwalt
   Posted Thu June 20, 2019
I am very sorry for your loss. I served with Skip on the Lancaster City Bureau of police. Skip was a great sergeant and one of what we younger guys called the old guard.

melodie brown
   Posted Thu June 20, 2019
Tina and family - When I think of Skip it makes me smile. The laughing at camp while hearing and telling hunting tales. Sitting at the fire and just talking. Watching the excitement on his face when he finally got to move into his mountain "cabin". Always willing to answer my many law questions. He will be missed. Now he is with Big Jay, Uncle Dale and Grandpa retelling those stories!

Kay Caprio
   Posted Thu June 20, 2019
Our deepest condolences and sympathies to Tina and her family. We will miss Skip ordering the “Skip Hocker Special”. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!!
From your friends at the Village Tavern

Jay Elliott
   Posted Fri June 21, 2019
Sorry for your loss prayers to you and family

Brenda & Bill Dorsey
   Posted Fri June 21, 2019
Tina and family,

You are in our thoughts at this difficult time. Hugs go out to you as you celebrate his life accomplishments and relationships. May everyone find peace and joy in these memories.

David Arnold
   Posted Fri June 21, 2019
My condolences to the family. I knew Skip through my association with the Pa. Chiefs of Police and Central Pa Chiefs. He was a dedicated career Police Officer who served well. He had a personality that always brightened up the room. I also salute his service as a Veteran of the Navy. Good bye my friend!

Stephen J. Shaver
   Posted Fri June 21, 2019
Tina, sorry for your loss.

Walter w. wassmer
   Posted Fri June 21, 2019
Jane and I offer our most sincere condolences to Skip's family. He was
a very good friend and brother Officer. May God Bless.
Walter W. Wassmer
Chief of Police (RET) QPD

Pete Anders
   Posted Fri June 21, 2019
Tina, Shannon and family - Skip made time to connect after leaving Lancaster and always asked about my family, how officers were and prodded me to make good life decisions. He is surely making folks in heaven smile. Your family is in our prayers - Pete and Lizzette

John Sweigart
   Posted Fri June 21, 2019
Tina and family,
I am very sorry to learn of your loss. I have good memories and experiences working with Skip while he was at Lancaster City; then West Hempfield --- also, working with Skip as he made his way through lodge and his obligations there. He was a fine police officer and brother.

Bob and Arlene Rohrer Zimmerman
   Posted Sat June 22, 2019
Dear Tina and Family,
We were so sorry to hear of Skip’s passing.
Always enjoyed talking with you and Skip at Jim and Sue’s Labor Day picnics.
Extending our sympathy and prayers.
Bob and Arlene

Thomas and Melissa Kiss
   Posted Sat June 22, 2019
Tina, Shannon and Jack,
Sorry for your loss. I worked with Skip also and knew him prior to Lancaster City PD. He was a good man. Obviously the good Lord needed him back home. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Sally Wadas
   Posted Sun June 23, 2019
Tina and Family, Stan and I were so sorry to learn of Skip's passing. He was a wonderful man and would give you the shirt off his back if needed. I recall memories of Skip when I was growing up in East Petersburg playing softball with him as my coach. Win or lose, he would take the team to Dairy Queen after a game to celebrate. Skip was always happy and had a huge smile on his face. I feel so fortunate to have known Skip and will miss him dearly.

John Wade
   Posted Mon June 24, 2019
Tina and family. Barb and I are so sad to hear of Skip's passing. He had a one of a kind personality and a true love for you all. God Bless!

Clifford Heim
   Posted Tue June 25, 2019
Farewell, MY Brother! You will be sorely missed.

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