WAKEFIELD, Mich. – James Robert Hocking, 77, a lifelong resident of Wakefield, passed away Saturday evening, Feb. 15, 2014, at his home.
Jim was born on Oct. 7, 1936, in Wakefield, the son of William and Lena (Wanink) Hocking.
Jim was known to many as the "mayor of Plymouth" and delivered the Ironwood Daily Globe for about 35 years. In December 1996, Jim received a "Person of the Year" award from the Wakefield Chamber of Commerce for his commitment to his customers.
He enjoyed helping others, discussing the weather, biking and working jigsaw puzzles.
Jim is survived by three brothers, Ed (Karen), Ramsay, Don, Wakefield and Roy (Barb), Wauwatosa, Wis .; four sisters, Doris Lindberg, Belvidere, Ill ., Mary Spearo, Milwaukee, and Barb Sordahl and Sue Hocking, both of Wakefield; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and other loving relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Richard, Norman, John "Jack" and Howard; and a sister, Eloise.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m ., preceded by visitation at 10 a.m ., at the Wakefield United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Ted Trudgeon officiating.
A luncheon will take place immediately following the service at the Wakefield Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 9084.
Interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Wakefield, in the spring.
The Lakeside Memorial Chapel is assisting the family. Expressions of sympathy may be offered at lakesidememorialchapel.com.