Service measured not by GOLD,
                           but by the GOLDEN RULE

Service measured not by GOLD,
          but by the GOLDEN RULE


WOOSTER “ Donald E. Hockenberry, 88, of Wooster passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2022 at his home.
He was born April 4, 1934 in Wooster the son of Wilbur and Ethel Jacobs Hockenberry.   He married Wanda Purdy on July 30, 1960.   She survives.
He had been an engineer for Rubbermaid for 26 years retiring in 1994.   Donald was a member of the Central Christian Church for over 50 years and the Thunderbird Club.   He enjoyed model trains, working on his 1956 Thunderbird and enjoyed woodworking.
He proudly served his country with the U.S. Army from 1957 “ 1959.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Wanda, are his children Randall (Cindy)Hockenberry of Wooster, Ronald (Cindy) Hockenberry of Lucas and Renee (Aaron) McConahay of Wooster; grandchildren Ian, Lydia and Christopher Hockenberry and Kacie and Ebony McConahay, a great-granddaughter Paris and a niece Ellen Hockenberry of Kidron.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son Rodney Hockenberry, a brother Gerald Hockenberry and an aunt and uncle Martha and Willard Tryon.
Friends will be received Friday, June 10, 2022 from 6-8:00 p.m. and 1 hour prior to the 1:00 p.m. service on Saturday, June 11 at the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster with the Rev. Glen Schory officiating.   Burial will follow in the Wooster Cemetery.
Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Ohio ™s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 or to the Central Christian Church, 407 N. Market St., Wooster, OH 44691.
Online condolences may be left for the family at

Memorial Contributions
Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare, 1900 Akron Rd., Wooster, OH 44691 or to Central Christian Church, 407 N. Market St., Wooster, OH 44691

Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home

Friday, June 10, 2022 from 6-8:00 p.m. and 1 hour prior to the time of the service at the funeral home


  1. Uncle Don will certainly be missed. Knowing his terrific and kind personality, and ornery sense of humor created wonderful memories for me. He had the best train set I have ever seen. Also I remember the handmade ice cream! Uncle Don was an extremely talented guy. I know we as kids loved hanging out at Uncle Don and Aunt Wanda’s home. He always made us feel welcome and loved. My deepest sympathies to Aunt Wanda, Randy, Ronnie and Renee. What a wonderful family.

  2. My condolences to the family. I lived on the same street as the family growing up.

  3. Our thoughts and sympathy are with you all. It’s so hard to lose your Dad. Love to you all.

  4. wanda, so sorry for your loss.

  5. Wanda and family, we are so sorry for your loss of Don. It is such a tough grief to bear when it’s your husband and father. Dennis always liked visiting with Don, as he enjoyed Dennis’ jokes and they were about the same age. He was always so genial and kind. We all were so impressed by his trains and talent. I can see Don and Dennis having a grand old time together in Heaven!

  6. So sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with Don at Rubbermaid. Good man.

  7. To WANDA, Randy, Ron, and Renee and FAMILIES:
    My VERY SINCERE CONDOLONCES to all of you!! I am sorry for all of the GREAT HOCKENBERRY FAMILY, but Don definitely had a great life with the GREATEST GREAT wife and children, not to mention the grandchildren.
    It was so neat when I was there from Maine in February 2016 for Uncle Bob Lee’s health. Then on one evening after Becky’s birthday dinner we came out to Don & Wanda’s house. Don was elated to show me his GREAT Train models on the back porch.
    He & I had a great time talking about those wicked GREAT Trains! I told him about the Train Station here in Machias, Maine that is not destroyed. The station was not torn down.! Don liked that aspect!!
    That Don was really a neat person to talk to ALL these years!!

    WANDA, Randy, Ron and Renee PLEASE read Ecclesiastics 3:1-3 + 1-10

    Our LOVE to you ALL
    Don is NOW at PEACE!

    Jim & Gene


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