Richard J. Hocking

Richard J. Hocking

Richard “Rick” James Hocking of Galena, IL passed away unexpectedly on January 9, 2024, with his family by his side. A celebration of life and funeral services will be held later. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family. He was born on October 8, 1958, in Hazel Green, WI the son of William and Norma (Doherty) Hocking. Rick attended Galena High School and graduated with the class of 1977. He attended the University of Dubuque where he graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Economics. Rick was well known for being an exceptional football player while attending UD. He married his wife of thirty-six years Mary Virtue on May 30, 1987, in Galena. Rick worked for thirty-six years as an Accountant, Bookkeeper, and Controller for several local businesses including the DeSoto House Hotel, Coyote Exhibits and Design, Sproule Construction, Renaissance Restoration, and the Northwest Illinois Special Education Cooperative. He was most proud of his two children and spent time with his family in Keosauqua, IA. Rick was always there when people needed help and had a memorable laughter that will never be forgotten. He enjoyed attending live music, hunting, and fishing, among many other things with his family. Many of those traditions continue today in the Hocking family. Rick is survived by his wife Mary Hocking, and deeply loved children, Anna (Ian) Thill and soon-to-be-born grandson of St. Petersburg, FL, and Adam Hocking of Dubuque, IA, siblings, Mike (Cheri) Hocking of Keosauqua, IA, Kathy (Lauren) Hocking of Oviedo, FL, Pat (Melissa) Hocking of Lisbon, IA, and Jeanna (Chris) Gunning of Ashland, KY. He was preceded in death by his parents. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Galena EMS, including their cousin Glenn Harris, and the staff at Midwest Medical Center. Instead of flowers, memorials may be given to Galena EMS in memory of Rick.

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