Howard L. Hocker

June 03, 1933 ‒ January 02, 2021

Galion, Ohio

Howard Lee Hocker, 87, of Mansfield and formerly of Galion, Ohio passed away on January 2, 2021 at Avita Hospital in Ontario.

Howard was born on June 3, 1933 to Oscar and Laura (Eichhorn) Hocker in Galion.  He graduated from Galion High School in 1951 and from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a bachelor of science in business administration in 1955.  At Miami, he met his wife of 65 years, Paula J. Campbell.  They were married in Port Washington, NY on December 23, 1955.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957 with the 7th Infantry Division, and was stationed in Korea.

After his discharge from the Army, Howard and Paula returned to Galion to raise their sons.  He was employed at General Motors Corp in Mansfield in the engineering department for 34 years, retiring in 1991.  He was a member of St Paul’s United Methodist Church, Galion and a former member of First United Church of Christ, Galion.  He was a Life Member of the Galion Elks where he served as Exalted Ruler and Secretary for 10 years.  He was a member of the Galion Masonic Lodge 441, Scottish Rite of Columbus, OH and Aladdin Temple in Columbus, OH.  Over the years he was active in the Galion Lions Club, Mansfield and Galion Junior Achievement, Galion Red Cross, his retirement communities, and his church.

Howard was a loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle.  He enjoyed spending time at his cottage on Catawba Island and his winter home in Nokomis, Florida.  A talented artist, he left many metal sculptures and video presentations for his family to enjoy.  He enjoyed gardening, playing tennis, and spending time with friends and family.  He lived a full life with a great sense of humor and was always up for a new adventure.

In addition to his wife Paula, he is survived by his children, Jeffrey and Kimberly Hocker of Wilmington, OH, Bradley and Stacey Hocker of Galion, OH, grandchildren Bryan Hocker, Maxwell Chapman, Ethan Howard Hocker and Elena Hocker, a niece and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Suzanne Schiller, a brother, John Hocker, and a sister in law, Judith Campbell.

A private funeral service for the family will be held at Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church with the Rev Ash Welsh officiating.  Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Galion with military honors provided by the United States Navy and Galion/Crestline Veterans Military Funeral Detail. In lieu of calling hours, the family would appreciate cards sent to Paula at Primrose Retirement Community, 1301 Millsboro Road, Room 117, Mansfield, OH 44906.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Shriners or St. Paul United Methodist Church, in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Howard Hocker, and condolences may be made to them at


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  • Dear Paula and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Howard’s passing. We always enjoyed the conversations we had at church about Miami and the many laughs we had. We are keeping Paula and her family in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Dear Brad and Stacey and family, so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Our sincere condolences….keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  • So sorry to hear of Howard’s passing. He was such a nice man. He will be missed. I have great memories of playing tennis with him. Condolences to all. We are sending prayers.

  • So sorry to hear of Howard’s passing. He was a classmate of my mother. My prayers are for Paula and the family.

  • Paula, Brad and Stacey, Ethan and Ellie, our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. May you find peace and laughter in all your great memories.

  • So sorry to hear of Mr. Hocker passing. Fond memories of spending time at the Hocker house. My condolences to you and your family.

  • I had the pleasure of meeting Howard several years ago when he was in Galena with a group at Mr. Schmidt’s place. I was in Galena with Mr. Schmidt’s daughter and some other friends. We stopped over for drinks one night and had so much fun with this vibrant group of seniors! Howard had some great stories and was interested in our stories too. I enjoyed keeping up with him on Facebook. Please accept my deepest sympathies. May wonderful memories be a comfort to you in the days ahead.

  • To the Hocker Families:
    Please accept our sincere sympathies in the passing of Howard. I have known him all my life through his father and mother being neighbors of mine growing up, and through going to church and school with Jeff and Brad.
    May you all find peace and comfort in the memories of his life well lived.

    Tom and Linda Cahill

  • My dad got to know Howard well while living at Primrose. Howard handed off the duties of “Trivia Moderator” to my dad, and they enjoyed many good times during those sessions. They came to realize they had mutual friends in the Shooks and Shelts from Tiffin. Howard and my dad also enjoyed talking MAC sports, as my dad is a big UToledo fan.

    We are sorry for your loss; Primrose is a little less bright and a little less fun with Howard’s passing.

    The Family of Dan Henige

  • Paula and Family ,
    So sorry for your loss. I will have so many fond memories of Howard and his humor. I won’t forget all his participation in activities and events at Primrose. He and Paula would dress up for Halloween , Oktoberfest , and many other festivities. He volunteered reading trivia on cocktail party days. He will be greatly missed. He was very respected man.

  • Dear Paula and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. We always enjoyed our conversations about your winters in Florida and looked forward to your return to St Paul friends in the spring. Our deepest sympathies to you Paula and your family.
    Sincerely, Chris & Tonya Fike

  • Sincere sympathy. He was a classmate of my husband and we knew the family from church. He will be missed.

  • Dearest Paula and family,
    We miss Howard here in KGP. He was always ready to have a good time. You were my best friend and always enjoyed walking over to your house with my wine in aft. for good conversations. Paula, thinking of you all. Wishing you peace and love.
    Barb Kelsey

  • My close friendship with Howard begain
    when we both entered Miami as Freshman
    and then continued working together at GM
    Howard was just a great guy
    Roy (Bud) Anderson