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Jem Gray Hockenberry

January 8, 1938 — February 14, 2021

Jem Gray Hockenberry, age 83, of Carlisle, PA passed away Sunday, February 14, 2021 at UPMC Carlisle.
He was born January 8, 1938 in Spring Run, PA to the late Kenneth G. and Mary Jane (McAllen) Hockenberry.
Jem served from 1956-1963 in the United States Army Reserve. He retired as an Area Foreman from PPL in 1995 after 36 years.
He was a member of the Middlesex United Methodist Church in Carlisle, member, and past Master of St. John’s Lodge No. 260 F&AM and was also a member of Harrisburg Consistory Valley of Harrisburg and the Zembo Shrine of Harrisburg.
Jem also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also built and flew model airplanes with his sons.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 yrs. Shelby J. (Heckendorn) Hockenberry; two sons Brinton E. Hockenberry (wife Beverly) of Harrisburg and Kendal R. Hockenberry (wife Deborah) of Shermans Dale; grandchildren Lindsey, Abraham, Hannah and Sadie; great-grandchildren Jocelynn, Drayson, Avia and Laney Jo; brothers William Hockenberry (wife Mary) and Larry Hockenberry (wife Patricia); sister Betty Jane (husband Fred) Bruck; sister-in-law’s Nancy Hockenberry and Joanne J. Hockenberry. Also survived by 10 “bonus” children and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Jem was preceded in death by his son Keith G. Hockenberry and brothers Donald, Richard, Robert, and Barry Hockenberry.
Funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family. A walk-through viewing will be held on Friday, February 26, 2021 from 10:00AM – 12:00PM at Hoffman Funeral Home and Crematory, 2020 W. Trindle Rd., Carlisle, PA. Interment will take place at Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens.
As mandated by Governor Wolf, maximum capacity during gatherings is restricted and you may be asked to wait at the door when you arrive until the numbers allow for your entrance.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children 3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19140 Attn: Development Office.
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Friday, February 26, 2021

10:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Hoffman Funeral Home & Crematory

2020 West Trindle Road, Carlisle, PA 17013

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Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens

1921 Ritner Highway, Carlisle, PA 17013

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