ESTHERVILLE - Memorial services for Don Hockett, 76, of Estherville will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, at United Methodist Church in Estherville with Pastor Lynn Elrod officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville.
He died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at Avera Holy Family Health in Estherville.
He was the son of Arnold and Margaret (Brandt) Hockett. He was born June 11, 1936, in Estherville.
On Dec. 7, 1958, he was united in marriage to Arlene Ruth (Christian) Hockett at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, south of Gruver. The couple lived and worked on a farm. Don farmed, helping his dad for several years. Together they bought and sold horses. Don was known for his great ability to break horses. Don raised paint and quarter horses all of his life. His love for horses was his first love and truly great passion. Don always said he should have been born 100 years sooner when horse and buggy were the main means of transportation and life was simpler. He decided the first day of school that he did not like it. At the age of six the bus stopped to pick him up, Don took one look around, didn't like what he saw, so he told the bus driver he had to get back off the bus. Needless to say a little spanking and a ride to school in the car, he made it through the first day, but ended his schooling in the 11th grade, much happier riding horses out in the great outdoors.
In 1958, Don joined the PRCA working the rodeo circuit, working many of Bob Barnes' stock contractor rodeos. In our pickup and homemade camper, we as a family traveled many weekends. That was an adventure never to forget. Don entered all five events - bulls, bareback, saddle bronc, bull dogging and roping, eventually cutting down to one entry . . . bulldogging. One winter Don had a creamery route picking up milk for Estherville Creamery. He had some amazing stories to tell . . . yes, Don could talk. In 1976, he began driving Winnebago motor homes out of Forrest City. In 1985, Arlene joined him in driving, so with the motor homes they traveled 48 states and Canada. In the summer their three grandchildren traveled with them. This was an awesome time for us all. Don and Arlene called those the "Golden Years" and Don continued to drive until retiring in 2004.
He is survived by his wife, Arlene; one son, Terry Hockett; one daughter, Lori Wier and her husband, Jerry; granddaughters, Amy Guthrie and her special friend, Shawn Friesner, and Suzy Keirsey and her husband, Austin; one grandson, Billy Myers; three great-granddaughters, Makayla, Jaden and Aisley; one sister, Jean Hockett Blair and her husband, Tom; as well as several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant daughter, Gloria Marie.