Kirby G. Hoke
05/28/1945 - 09/11/2020

Kirby G. Hoke, 75, of Hanover, passed away on Friday, September 11, 2020 at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Born May 28, 1945 in Hanover, he was the son of the late John F. and Mildred A. (Masenheimer) Hoke and stepson of Elizabeth Senft. Kirby had been employed with A&P Grocery Stores in Hanover and York, Martins Potato Chip Co. in Thomasville and most recently Fisher Auto Parts in Hanover. He was a 1963 graduate of Eichelberger High School and proudly served his country in the US Navy during Vietnam. Kirby was aboard the USS Hornet which retrieved the astronauts returning from the moon in 1969. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, York Street in Hanover, the McSherrystown Home Assoc. and the McSherrystown Moose. Surviving is his brother, Gary T. Hoke and wife Lois of Hanover; a niece, Michelle Rager and husband Ben; two nephews, Timothy and Michael Hoke; a great-nephew, Riley Rager; and a great-niece, Adeline Rager. A celebration of life service will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at Murphy Funeral Home, 501 Ridge Avenue, McSherrystown, with Rev. E. Robert Burkhart officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Hanover with military honors provided by the Hanover Allied Veterans Honor Guard. Friends and Relatives will be received Wednesday 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Masks will be required for those in attendance. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Kirby may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 127 York St., Hanover, PA 17331.

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Posted at:09/12/2020 5:05 pm
Robert Wall
I am so overwhelmed with loss, I just received a phone call from PA. letting me know of Kirby's passing. We had not been in touch much in the past year, but my heart is very heavy today. I met Kirby in 1966 when I was a young teenager working at Black's Sunoco and he was home on leave. We became instant buddies and have had a long and lasting friendship that could never be replaced. I knew his Dad, Mother and Gary as I visited their home on many occasions. Kirby's Dad began my love and appreciation of antiques. This is very, very difficult to write and think clearly, I lost a friend I loved very dearly and it was more than mutual over the years. I will do my best to hold onto all those wonderful memories, those late nights at Lincoln Speedway, our hikes, just times of sharing and laughter, and yes, you always made me laugh. I never had a friend quite like you Kirby, to say I'm going to miss you is a real understatement. Whatever lies beyond old friend, try to save me a seat and will do a lot of catching up on old times. I love you man, Bob

Posted at:09/13/2020 8:08 am
Diane Griest
Rest peacefully Kirby. Peace be with you Gary, Lois and family at this difficult time.

Posted at:09/14/2020 9:09 pm
Wendy Loerzel
Gary, Lois and family, We are so sorry to hear this news. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers as you go through very tough time. Best regards, Wendy & Jeff Loerzel

Posted at:09/15/2020 12:12 am
Lynn Kelley
Gary, I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. Our paths crossed infrequently, but it has always a delight to see both you and Kirby. My condolences.

Posted at:09/15/2020 8:08 pm
Ann Watson
Rest in peace, dear Kirby. You were a truly good man. I could see my dad, Roy, and his sister, Mildred, in your face. My mom and dad loved you dearly, as did my family, Jim, Peyton, and, especially, Sasha. You touched Sasha's life in many ways, and he loved spending time with you. We will miss Christmas eves, your love of animals, and your loving heart. Rest well, sweet soul.

Posted at:09/19/2020 11:11 pm
Tony Gobrecht
I met Kirby, his dad, and his stepmother, when I was about 15 years old. As I was hired to perform lawnmowing, trimming of the house on McCosh Street. Everyone, including Kirby were always very nice to me, providing me with lots of refreshments and snacks. I worked there for about 4 years; so I saw them quite often. I even would walk in the snow, to there house to shovel the walks. And from where I lived, it was a good 2 miles. Kirby would talk with me about stuff. I just wish he had shared with me, his involvement with the astronauts. My condolences to Gary and his family. I'm sure I must have met you when I was taking care of your parents.

Posted at:09/23/2020 1:01 pm
K&J Automotive Repair
May your soul rest in peace Kirby, We are so saddened to hear of Kirby's passing. He was such a sweet person. We grew very fond of Kirby while he delivered parts to us from Fisher Auto Parts. Also talking with him while walking his little yorkie! Our prayers are with all of Kirby's remaining family.

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