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112 West King Street
P.O. Box 336
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Phone: 717-532-2211
Fax: 717-532-8471
Galen Hockenberry

Galen Leroy Hockenberry

Sunday, September 21st, 1947 - Friday, June 19th, 2020
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Galen Leroy Hockenberry, 72, of Shippensburg, passed away on Friday, June 19, 2020 at his home.

Born Sunday, September 21, 1947 in Chambersburg, he was a son of the late Harry C. and Nellie C. Strayer Hockenberry.

Galen was a 1966 graduate of the Shippensburg High School. He was a United States Army Veteran serving in the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Mt. Rock Brethren in Christ Church, Shippensburg.

He started his working career as a young boy, picking fruits and vegetables. Then, from ages 12 to 18, he worked on the farm for John Wadel. He then went on to work at the former Richard’s Textile, the former Domestic Pump, and the Letterkenny Army Depot. Galen later retired from Shipco Pumps. After retiring he kept busy by working at New View Landscaping, and had currently worked at Fisher’s Auto Parts where he received their first Driver of the Year award.

Galen also volunteered at King’s Kettle, Shippensburg. He loved and cherished his family and his Lord, he loved kids and they loved him. Galen loved the outdoors, watching animals and birds, and cutting his lawn. Many will remember him by his singing, humming, and crazy dancing.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, F. Virginia (Line) Hockenberry; two daughters, Virginia L. (Steve) Coover and Christianna G. (Brian) Alleman; two grandchildren, Jared M. (Courtney) Coover and Alexis N. Coover; two great grandchildren, Kellan and Asher, all of Shippensburg; four sisters, Hazel Garman, Esther Failor, Jeanette Adams, all of Carlisle, and Linda Varner, of Shippensburg; three brothers, Garry (Pat) Hockenberry, of Amberson, Donald Hockenberry and Freddie (Brenda) Hockenberry, all of Shippensburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen A. Heckman and Vonnie Hockenberry, and one brother, William Hockenberry.

Funeral services and burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Rock Brethren in Christ Church, 22 Mt Rock Road, Shippensburg, PA 17257.

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  • Vietnam Campaign Medal
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Tracy Shuman

Posted at 05:26pm
Virginia ( and family) just wanted to let you know, Chris and I send our love to all of you. We pray comfort and peace. Galen will be sorely missed. He was a man of integrity and honor. It seems wherever he went there was always laughter, he always made everyone feel welcome. We are saddened by his departure but yet you know he is having a good time in heaven. God bless each of you. .

Lisa Shoap

Posted at 09:57am
Virginia and Family,
Roy and I are sending our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. God Bless you,

Lisa and Roy Shoap

Jeanette Cepietz

Posted at 06:51pm
Ginny and family - I was very sorry to hear of your loss. I always remember Peanut as quiet but with a good sense of humor. Love and prayers to all of you. Jeanette & Joe Cepietz

Posted at 05:06pm
Dear Hockenberry family, We are so shocked and sad to hear of Galens` passing. Our family will miss waving to him each day on his walks. We are so happy he got to see the mama bear and cubs last Saturday. Galen was truly a wonderful friend who we will never forget. "Tracy and Shari Gamble"

Posted at 01:49pm
To Galen's family. I worked around Galen at Lky. Depot in different settings.
He was a great co-worker and I enjoyed being on the same projects with him.
He worked like those 'ole time guys we think of, 'get it done' & 'never quit'.
My true condolences to all his family
Drew White ~ Green Village, PA.


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