He was born in Camp Run, Lawrence County on October 23, 1924 to the late Loyal E. Hockenberry and the late Ethel G. McCartney Hockenberry. He attended Old Furnace, Camp Run, Wurtemburg, and Lincoln High Schools and worked at the former Ellwood Works of U.S. Steel until its closing. He then worked for Ellcast and most recently in the maintenance department at the City Rescue Mission until retiring. He was currently a member of the Ellwood City Free Methodist Church. William married his wife of 70 years, Nellie I. Cummins Hockenberry in Camp Run on December 13, 1943. She preceded him in death on September 2, 2014. He enjoyed gardening, especially flowers, and loved to read his Bible. He liked antiques, old cars, and trains, and was a jack-of-all-trades, being skilled in plumbing, electrical, and mechanical as well as being able to fabricate his own parts for his various projects.
In addition to his parents and wife, Nellie I. Cummins Hockenberry, he was preceded in death by his son, William E. Hockenberry, Jr., his grandson, Steve Davis, and his great great grandson, Nathaniel Copper. He was also preceded by two brothers, Rev. Kenneth R. Hockenberry, Sr. and Gerald L. “Red” Hockenberry.
William is survived by two sons and three daughters: Sylvia McIntosh of Shenango Township, Goldie Hockenberry of New Castle, David (and Karen) Hockenberry of Princeton, James (and Ruth) Hockenberry of Port Orange, FL, and Ethel Mayberry of New Castle. He is also survived by his daughter-in-law, Bette Hockenberry of Harlansburg. Eleven grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild also survive, as well as two brothers and two sisters: Donald L. Hockenberry and Carl E. Hockenberry, all of Ellwood City, Shirley Dittmer of Warren, OH, and DeVonna (and James) Anderson of Prospect.
Friends will be received from 5-8 P.M. on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.
Services will be conducted at 11 A.M on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at TURNER’S with Rev. Daniel Hockenberry, his nephew, officiating.
Interment will be in Wurtemburg Cemetery, Wayne Township.
Memorial contributions may be made, in William’s name, to the American Cancer Society.
You may view the obituary, sign the guestbook, and send condolences online at www.turnerfh.com.