Dale K. Hokenson, 63

Dale K. Hokenson, age 63, of Winsted, passed away Thursday, July 23, 2015, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

He was born July 19, 1952, in Watertown, the son of John and Florence (Eklund) Hokenson. Dale was baptized at Calvary Memorial Church in Navarre, and confirmed at the Evangelical Free Church in Watertown.

Dale was self-employed as an over-the-road truck driver for 30 years. After he retired from trucking, he worked as an inertia welder.

He loved the outdoors, including farming, hunting, fishing, his Harley motorcycle, and sports. And, he loved to play cards with his friends.

Dale was loving, kind, compassionate, and he had a great sense of humor. He enjoyed life, and loved to make people laugh. Dale will be dearly missed by his family and everyone who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Florence Hokenson; and a niece, Anne Schmig.

Dale is survived by his loving family: significant other and love of his life, Audrey Parochka of Winsted; siblings Richard Hokenson of Turkey, Phyllis (LeRoy) Schmig of Norwood Young America, and Keith (Nancy) Hokenson of Watertown; sister-in-law Jean Hokenson of San Antonio, TX; nieces and nephews Greg (Gretchen) Hokenson, Tricia (Quinn) Westermann, Stephen (Autumn) Hokenson, Jon Hokenson, Matt (Jenna) Hokenson, Ellen (James) Dreier, Christi Schmig, Brock Hokenson, Wade (Amanda) Hokenson, Brady (Melissa) Hokenson, and Jered (Holly) Hokenson; many great nieces and nephews; extended Parochka family: Erma (Eldor) Schlumpberger, Marleen (John) Pulkrabek, Steve (Renee) Parochka, Anita (Jim) O’Connell, Stan (Teresa) Parochka, Nick (Julia) Parochka, Nancy (Dennis) Adickes, Mitch Parochka, and Greg Parochka; and many Parochka nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Dale’s life took place Wednesday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia with the Rev. Greg Loomis officiating. There was a gathering of family and friends Wednesday from 5 p.m. until the time of the service.

Arrangements were with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.

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