Dale Henry (Bud) Hocken


(Dec. 21, 2007)

Dale Henry (Bud) Hocken died Friday, Dec. 21 at the Powell Valley Hospital.  He was 83.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Dec. 27 at 2 p.m. at the First Methodist Church, with the Rev. Susan Trembath officiating.

Bud was born Sept. 25, 1924, in Red Lodge, Mont., son of Carl Henry Hocken and Beatrice (Johnson) Hocken. He graduated from Powell High School in 1942 and married Stella Mae Slater June 21, 1943, in Red Lodge.

He served in the U.S. Army’s 65th Combat Engineer Batallion, winning the Bronze Star, the Distinguished Unit Badge and Victory Medal. Bud was retired from BP Amoco, the family having lived in Powell, Evanston and Anchorage, Alas.

He was a member of the Elks Lodge and was a leader in acquiring an Elks lodge for Evanston in 1979. He was also a member of the Eagles and the American Legion.

He enjoyed gardening and woodworking and was a rockhunter, fisherman and hunter.  He loved camping, and in later years read and did crossword puzzles.

Survivors include his wife Stella of Powell; a daughter, Trudy (Barry) Ward of Cowley; a son, Darrel (Linda) Hocken of Beaverton, Ore.; a sister, Beatrice Lipps of Sidney, Neb.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother, Armeda Hocken, and sister, Rose Elder.

Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.