Memorial services: 1 p.m., Saturday, July 27, 2013, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 701 Lake Park Blvd., Muscatine. Visitation: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, July 27, at the church. Online condolences:

IOWA CITY, Iowa—John Allen Hocke, 74, of Muscatine, passed away on July 24, 2013 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic in Iowa City.

Elder Vernon Rhodes will preside. Cremation rites have been facilitated by the FCS Life Transition and Cremation Center, located within Muscatine Memorial Park Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established at the funeral home in John’s name. The Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation Services is caring for John’s arrangements and his family.

John Allen Hocke was born on March 26, 1939, in Muscatine, Iowa, the son of Erwin Henry and Dorothy Margaret (Little) Hocke. John was a 1957 graduate of Muscatine High School. On Aug. 20, 1960, John was united in marriage to Freda “Terry” Daufeldt in Muscatine. He worked for HON for 40 years as an industrial design model maker.

John was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses along with his wife on Jan. 12, 1963, and he has served his God faithfully for 50 years. John was a member of the English Muscatine Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He enjoyed playing cards, fine dining, country music, yard work, traveling and talking with others about the Bible, but most of all, John dearly loved to spend time with his family, especially the grandchildren.

John will be deeply missed by his wife, Freda (whom he affectionately called “Gram”) of Muscatine; his children, Pamela Wade and husband, Bill of Muscatine, Sheryl Vance and husband, Bob of Muscatine, Mark Hocke and wife, Carrie of Atalissa, Joel Hocke and wife, Anne of West Liberty, Naomi Eggers and husband John of Fort Dodge, Michael Hocke and wife, Raluca of Muscatine and Rachel Burkey and husband, Jamey of Fruitland; 19 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Hanson and husband, Dennis of Muscatine and one brother, Dave Hocke and wife, Loraine of Muscatine.

John was preceded in death by his parents, son, Jesse Hocke, grandson, Zachariah Hocke and one brother, Jerry Hocke.