On Thursday, January 11th, 2018, Bill Hoke of Schwenksville, PA died peacefully at home with his wife by his side. In recent weeks, Bill said, “I’ve lived a good life,” he fought hard, but lost his battle against lung cancer at 81 years old.
Bill is survived by his wife, Natasha Hoke of Schwenksville, PA, his sister Donna Bell of Hanover, PA, his brother James Hoke of Waynesboro, PA and his children, Kimberly O’Loughlin of New Vernon, NJ, William Wagner Hoke II of Chalfont, PA, and David Martin Hoke of Furlong, PA and his six grandchildren, Lindsey O’Loughlin of Fells Point, MD, Olivia and Dillon O’Loughlin of New Vernon, NJ, Chad Hoke of Hartford, Connecticut, and Kara and Alden Hoke of Doylestown, NJ. He is also survived by Natasha’s daughter, Marina Krivova, and her children.
Bill was born on Tuesday, February 18th, 1936 at the Hanover General Hospital to Cathryn Wagner Hoke and Martin W. Hoke of Hanover, PA which is where he spent his childhood. Fishing, hunting, tinkering with cars and playing basketball were how he enjoyed life. He went to The Pennsylvania State University on an ROTC scholarship and graduated in 1959 with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing. There, he met his first wife, Myla Ann Johnson, to whom he was married for 37 years. Myla and Bill lived in Texas, Ohio, and New Jersey until they eventually settled in Churchville, PA. Bill started his professional career as a salesman and moved to Philadelphia where he landed his first sales job in the vacuum technology industry with Kinney Vacuum. He stayed in this industry for more than 40 years and eventually became the founder and CEO of Hovac, Inc., which he sold when he retired. For eight years after college graduation, Bill also served in the army. He attended officer leadership training at Fort Benning, GA and retired as an Army Captain. Bill and Myla raised three children with whom he shared his love of fishing, camping, riding in his Corvair, and listening to Frank Sinatra.
After the death of his first wife, Myla, he married Natasha Krivova from Russia. They settled in Schwenksville, PA where they lived happily for 18 years enjoying life in retirement. As a successful businessman, Bill believed in giving back and spent his much of his free time doing so. He volunteered for Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) and wrote a book, Profit is not a dirty word. These efforts were focused on helping others to successfully start and build businesses. He also established a scholarship at his former high school, Eichelberger High School in Hanover, to enable students to go to college, and he was President of Let’s Go Play, Inc., a non-profit that provides group therapy for autistic children and their families.
A Celebration of Life brunch will be held on his birthday on Sunday, February 18th, 2018 at Hotel Fiesole starting at 11:30 AM untill 3PM in Skippack, PA. Please contact Kimberly or Natasha to RSVP or reply to our condolence section of our website. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society or to the Main Line Oncology Hemotology Associates, Lankenau Cancer Center.
For the tribute site and condolences to the family, please visit rlwilliamsfuneralhome.com.