David “Bruce” Hockensmith Sr., 87, of Newville, Pennsylvania, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, at the Church of God Nursing Home in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
He was born Nov. 24, 1933, to the late Ira and Daisy (McMullen) Hockensmith.
He was on cradle role at Newville 1st Church of God to begin his walk with Jesus. He was later a member of McClures Gap Church of God for many years, serving on council and other works. In his later life, he returned and became a member of Newville First Church of God.
Bruce was a Stonemason/bricklayer most of his life, and you can see his work throughout central Pennsylvania. He worked many years for Rynard and Sheaffer, and was self-employed for several years. Hockensmith Men have big hands, and his were meant to do beautiful stone work. He also worked several years surveying with his Nephew, Eugene, before retiring.
Bruce loved hunting, fishing, gardening, his orchard, farming, camping, visiting family, Church, playing cards, fish fries, reunions and telling stories. He loved that all of his children lived within 15 minutes of him and each other.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Thomas (Reba), Robert, Chester (Gladys), Leroy “Pete” (Velva), Albert (Janet), James (Kay); sisters, Esther Lehman (Clair), Ethel Hoover (Eugene); and son-in-law, George Barrick.
He is survived by his Loving wife, Evelyn (Armold) Hockensmith (56 years); brother, O. Wayne Hockensmith; sisters-in-law, Betty and Isabel Hockensmith; his four children, Sandra Rhoads (John), David Hockensmith Jr. (Susan), Dennis Hockensmith (Angie) and Norma Barrick, all of Newville; his grandchildren, Jason (Rebecca), Jeff, Jennifer (Justin), Matthew (Kendra) and Phillip (Anna); his stepgrandchildren, Heather (Tom), Bobby, Scott and Jessi; his great-grandkids, Josh, Alisha, Randy, Ethan, Kylee; Michael, Hailey, Janelle, Mikayla, Patrick and Colton; his step-great-grandkids, Avery, Nathan, Hannah and Lily; one great-great-granddaughter, Harlee; along with many Nephews and Nieces from his family and his wife’s family.
A viewing was held from noon to 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, in Egger Funeral Home, 15 W. Big Spring Ave., Newville, Pa. A service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, followed by graveside service at Cumberland Valley Memorial Gardens, Carlisle.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Homeland Hospice, 2300 Vartan Way #270, Harrisburg, Pa. 17110.