J. Lee Hockersmith

J. Lee Hockersmith, 90, died Friday evening, Oct. 15, 2021, at Elmcroft Assisted Living.

He was born Sunday, Aug. 9, 1931, to the late Bruce W. and Fredyth (Swartz) Hockersmith.

He graduated from Shippensburg Area Senior High School in 1949, and continued his education at Shippensburg State Teacher’s College. He graduated from college in 1955, after serving in the Korean Conflict. He taught in the Shippensburg School District, retiring as an assistant principal of the elementary schools.

Lee was a lifelong member of Christ United Methodist Church, and served his community by being a councilman and mayor.

Lee is survived by his children, and their spouses: B. Randall and Kristi; Joseph L. and Kathe; Carol H. and Angelo Tsambiras; Timothy E. and Lynn; and Joan H. Pipan. Lee is also survived by grandchildren and their spouses: Lindy (Ron), Joe (Jane), Nathan (Tiffany Shoop), Erin, Daniel (Stevie), John (Emily), Breanna, Tim, Bernie; and Cy. He is also survived by his 10 great-grandchildren, sister, Norma Karper, and brother, Bruce (Janice) Hockersmith, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Lee was predeceased by his parents; son, Daniel; son-in-law, Bernard Pipan; his sister, June Martin, and brother, John Allan Hockersmith, and their spouses; and brother-in-law, Glenn Karper.

His life was celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, at the Christ United Methodist Church, 47 E. King St., Shippensburg, Pa. 17257. Pastor Bruce Levy officiated.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shippensburg Area EMS.


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