Joseph Lee Hoak

Monday, December 2, 2013

Joseph Lee Hoak

Feb. 12, 1953 - Nov. 29, 2013

TRENTON, Nebraska -- Joseph Lee Hoak, 60, of Trenton, died at his home in Trenton on Nov. 29, 2013, after a battle with cancer.

He was born in Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania, on Feb. 12, 1953, to Louis C and Janet L. (Grince) Hoak. Joe grew up in Pennsylvania and enlisted in the U.S. Army on Feb. 5, 1971. He served in Viet Nam and was honorably discharged on Feb. 4, 1974. He continued on in the Army reserve being finally discharge in Nov. 11, 1976.

In 1972, Joe was married to Janis Cohorst and to this union four children were born: Christine, Amy, Steven and Angela. He worked for the Union Pacific railroad and moved from Wyoming to Nebraska. He moved to the Trenton area in 2003. Joe was an entrepreneur. He worked with heavy equipment doing dirt excavation, owned his own construction business doing general contracting and roofing. He also had worked for the Agri Products Company of Trenton.

He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by three daughters: Christine and husband, Robert Daniels of El Dorado, Kansas, Amy and husband, Alan Detimore of Marysville, Kansas, Angela and husband, Michael Willard of Topeka, Kansas, and son, Steven and Malinda Lerma of McCook; 10 grandchildren; two great-grand-children; finance, Dorothy Shaffer; three sisters, Lisha and husband, Timothy Davis of Saxonburg, Pennsylvania, Venus and husband, Tony Caldorone of Tarentum, Pennsylvania, and Sissy Meyers of Florida; six brothers, Louis of Colorado, Robert of Anchorage, Alaska, Tom Hoak and Bruno Nobilese, all of Tarentum, Pennsylvania, Tim and wife, Megan of Natona Heights and Tracy Hoak and partner, Reid Dastillo of Denver, Colorado.

Visitation will be at the Herrmann-Jones Funeral Chapel in Trenton on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. Funeral services are Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of God in Trenton, with Pastor Timothy Roberts officiating. Interment will be in the Trenton Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted at graveside. Memorials may be left in Joe's name to the Veteran's Travel Assistance Fund. On-line condolences can be left at

Herrmann Jones Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangments.