William Thomson Hoeck, April 14, 1932 – March 20, 2019
Bill Hoeck died at home on March 20, 2019 in Cotuit MA due to old age and dementia.
Born in Cincinnati Ohio to William Thomson and Emily Sherer Hoeck, Bill grew up mainly in the Washington DC area. He attended Western High School in DC, joined ROTC and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from VPI (Virginia Tech). Bill was a proud graduate of VT and member of the school’s affiliated German Club. Upon graduation he served in the US Army Signal Corps retiring from active duty in 1957 and from the reserves in 1962. After active duty, Bill worked for AllisChalmers Corporation starting in Ohio and then for many years in Wisconsin where he managed the regional fork lift sales and service offices. In 1975 Bill left Allis‐Chalmers and started Inland Material Handling serving Wisconsin, and parts of Illinois and Minnesota. Bill retired in 2003.
Bill married Shirley Mae Lemke of Mayville, Wisconsin in January 1958. They had two sons, Jim and Steve. The family relocated from Ohio to Wauwatosa, Wisconsin in 1965. In 1982, Bill and Shirley relocated to Appleton WI, living on Lake Winnebago until they relocated to Cape Cod in 2003. Bill played golf, enjoyed his grandkids and volunteered at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. He was a caring and dedicated caregiver for Shirley as she descended into Alzheimer’s. Following Shirley’s death in 2007 Bill reconnected with his high‐school sweetheart Doris Toftoy Williams. They were married in 2008 and lived in Huntsville, Alabama until her death in 2015. Bill’s final years were spent in Cotuit, MA playing cribbage, building puzzles and feeding the birds while fighting the eternal battle of keeping squirrels out of the bird feeders.
Bill was an avid golfer and was very proud of his sailboat, the Hokie Hi. He always had a big smile for everyone and was known as the nicest man around. He will always be remembered for his two thumbs up.
In addition to Shirley and Doris, Bill was preceded in death by his grandson Liam. He is survived by his sister Lois and his brother Scott and his two children and their families: Jim & Virginia, Rose, Griffin, Natalie, Emma, and Steve & Jessica, Alex and Ian, and Doris’s extended family who thoroughly adopted him during their time together.
A graveside service will be held for Bill at 3:00 p.m. April 13, 2019 at Mosswood Cemetery in Cotuit. Donations in memory of Bill may be made to The Cotuit Center for the Arts or to any Alzheimer’s or Dementia support organization.