Condolence & Memory Journal


My heart fell to the floor when I learned the news today! I always appreciated Denny's kindness and his love as a husband and father. I lost a Wonderful Brother-in-law!! But more important always know that you were blessed to have such a wonderful man come into your life so many years ago. He was truly a great man. Loving, caring, hardworking (perhaps too much) and he so enjoyed life. He will be missed. Give my blessings to your children. They have grown up learning many a lessons in their life from the two of you and will pass on those lessons to their own children.

Posted by Diana Frana - Ft. Myers, FL   December 24, 2017

I am broken hearted to hear of denny's death. He and i were like brothers in our younger years. We met when we were 6 years old. We lived in hickory creek and knew where all the fish were. Of coarse he always caught the biggest. So many adventures over the years. Denny was always there in the good or bad times.I always remember his hot rods especially his 69 yellow chevelle 396. Our fishing trips to canada,colorado,and wisconsin. I wish i could go on but too many tears. The world is a little sadder with out denny. Go rest high on that mountain buddy

Posted by larry shutack - juneau, AK   March 31, 2017

Dear Hope, Andrea, Christopher
My deepest thoughts, and prayers are with you all!
Your family has grown so much since I last saw you,
"All because two people fell in LOVE"
Memories of a very good time spent together camping
Brings a smile to my face. You and Denny will always be
Considered very SPECIAL FRIENDS, with two beautiful
Children.. Love you Dee Ervin

Posted by Dee Ervin - Joliet, IL - Friend   March 31, 2017

Denny and I were always friends since freshmen football at LWHS. He will be missed. I remember seeing him several years ago and it was like old times.

Posted by Kevin Davis - Oro Valley, AZ   March 31, 2017

Dearest Hocker Family:

I have had the great honor and privilege in working for Dennis at Filtration Group as an outside contractor. I have never had a better business relationship ever in my 35+ years in contracting. Dennis was always honest, high character and faith filled man I have ever been associated with. His passing stunned me this week and broke my heart. He moved on way to fast for all of us and I cannot understand why God allowed him to go home soooo soon. I loved his passion and love for his wife Hope, and children Chris and Andrea. We shared often together, the great joy of having our our own grandchildren. I will always keep him and his entire family in my prayers. God's Blessings.

Ron & Cindy Jorgensen

Posted by Ronald Jorgensen - St. Charles, IL - Acquaintance   March 31, 2017

I'm very saddened to have heard about our loss of Dennis. He was a fine person for whom everyone knew as a friend.
In our adolescence, our neighborhood was always incomplete without Dennis joining us when we all played baseball together, for he was the "Babe at bat" as he could knock a baseball an easy 400 feet and also very talented in sports. Dennis, along with myself was also a dedicated White Sox fan for which we had so much in common.
Dennis was always a positive influence and though I hadn't seen him in nearly three decades, he was always the Dennis that I remembered from the decades from long before - a genuine friend. He will be missed by everyone that had ever known him.

Posted by Thomas Hagen - Murphysboro, IL - Friend   March 30, 2017


We are so saddened to hear of Denny's passing..we always looked forward to our visits with you both at the club.. Please accept our deepest sympathy to you and your beautiful family, Hope. Our hearts ache for you all...
Trudy & Ron DeLong

Posted by Ron & Trudy DeLong - Dwight, IL - Friend   March 29, 2017

Prayers are sent from Debbie and John Van Havel

Posted by Debbie Van Hagel - Hudson, MI - Family   March 29, 2017

Hope, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I didn't know Dennis, but have worked with you as election judge for many years. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Sandra Bauer - New Lenox, IL - Acquaintance   March 29, 2017

I was deeply saddened when I heard the news of your loss.
Dennis was an awesome person.
He will be missed by a lot of people.

Posted by LUANN GONSOULIN - Crest Hill, IL - Friend   March 29, 2017

Denny was one of the classiest men I have ever met. Everyone that came in contact with him had the utmost respect for him. When he spoke , we listened. He was genuine to the bone. A great friend and true gentleman. You will be missed Den, but never forgotten. Thoughts are with his wonderful family.

Posted by Tod Bridges - Naperville, IL - friend   March 29, 2017

Dennis and I worked together at Filtration Group for longer than I can remember. He was simply the nicest guy I could imagine. Always there to help me with whatever I needed. He will be very missed by everyone that knew him here at Filtration Group. I sadly will not be able to attend the services this weekend, so please know that his entire family is in my thoughts and prayers during this time.

Posted by David Heritage - Joliet, IL - Coworker   March 29, 2017


Dear Hocker family. I will not be able to attended Denny's service due to previous engagement. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was my boss and a special friend. We have kept in touch almost weekly since the departure of J.L. Prescott Vie E-mail. Once or twice we were able to grab a beer and catch up on life. He talked immensely of his wife, children and grand children. They lite up his world and he was very proud of all of you....He is gone, but will never be forgotten...Rest in peace my friend...............
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and always will be.
Dave Blount........

Posted by David Blount - Monon, IN - Coworker   March 29, 2017

Worked with Dennis for many years. He was funny and great to work. My thoughts and prayers for the family.

Posted by Lani Hahn - Joliet, IL - coworker   March 29, 2017

My heartfelt condolences to Hope, Andrea, Christopher, and your extended families. Dennis was an outstanding man, truly a good person through and through. He has left us far too soon.

Posted by Wendy Braun - Frankfort, IL - friend   March 28, 2017

Dear Hope and family,
My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Dennis has been my friend since we were 6 years old. I think about the fishing trips, double dates, our wonderful Reelfoot Lake Trip where I got arrested, working at GAF together -and a million other great memories. Great times with Dennis that I will never forget. He was a true friend and one of the best men I have had the pleasure of knowing. Our deepest condolences to you at this time.

Dennis and Joyce Malloy

Posted by Dennis Malloy - Portland, OR - Friend   March 28, 2017

Denny was a great man whose legacy will live in in his children and grandchildren. We are praying for God's comfort for you all. ❤

Posted by Paul and Tara Stachewicz - Corydon, IN - Family Friend   March 28, 2017