Earl Charles Hocking, 78, of Paw Paw, MI, formerly of La Salle, passed away on October 24, 2021 in Bronson Healthcare in Kalamazoo, MI.
Funeral services will be 6:00 PM Thursday in the Hurst Funeral Home in La Salle with Rev. Brenden McDonald officiating. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Thursday from 4:00 PM until time of services.
Earl was born in Piety Hill on January 13, 1943 to Earl Robert and Annabel (Fisher) Hocking. He married his bride Diana Scrol on September 7, 1963, and they just celebrated 58 years of marriage. He retired in September 2001 after 36 years and 7 months as a machinery repairman at Sauer Danfoss/Sunstrand. Earl was president of Local #285 for 25 years and longterm union officer. For 46 years, he also was owner of Blossom Mobile Home Park in La Salle. Earl was a member of the Briar Knoll Hunting and Fishing Club. After retirement, Earl and Diana moved to their lake house in Paw Paw, Michigan.
Earl is survived by his wife Diana of Paw Paw, MI; one daughter Deanna (Walter) Meyers of De Kalb; one son Earl Robert (Kim) Hocking of La Salle; five grandchildren Emily (Cam) Kielb, Christopher Meyers, Benjamin Meyers, Earl Charles Hocking, and Emma Hocking; two great grandchildren Nikki and Henry Kielb.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Glen, and his beloved buddy and favorite hunting dog, Elliot.
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