Glendy Ray Hockman dedicated himself to his family, and the service of his country

Friday, April 5, 2013 | 9:29 p.m. CDT; updated 4:19 p.m. CDT, Saturday, April 6, 2013

COLUMBIA — Glendy Ray Hockman of Columbia died at his home on Thursday, April 4, 2013. He was 72. 

Mr. Hockman owned and operated Hockman Hardware in Oak Grove, Mo., for more than 30 years before retiring.

According to his family, the sound of whistling always signaled where Mr. Hockman was inside the store. 

His family said Mr. Hockman was dedicated to quality customer service and always greeted patrons with, "How may I help you?"

Mr. Hockman also served his country in the United States Air Force and was on the Board of Aldermen as well as president of the Chamber of Commerce in Oak Grove.

He was a dedicated family man. He and his wife, Eva Hockman, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past January. According to his family, Mr. Hockman viewed life with Eva Hockman as a constant honeymoon.

Visitation will be held noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W. Services will follow at the funeral home.

Mr. Hockman is survived by his wife, Eva Hockman; two sons and their wives, Daniel and Becky Hockman of Spring Hill, Kan., David and Sherry Hockman of Columbia; brothers and their wives, Hayward and Pat Hockman, Ron and Roberta Hockman, and Steve and Lou Hockman all of Kentucky; and four grandchildren, Megan Hockman, Spencer Hockman, Alex Hockman and Paige Hockman.

His parents, sister, Vina Chism, and brother-in-law, Russell Chism, died earlier. 

Memorial contributions can be made to Rescue Innocence, C/O Commerce Bank, P.O. Box 100, Moberly, MO 65270. Condolences may also be posted at

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