Jim doing what he loved to do best

James A. Hoctor Jr., age 76,  passed away Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at his home in Mahomet, Illinois.

Jim was born November 24, 1936 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts to James A. and Stella Teresa.  Jim married Patricia Raline in 1957 in Pittsfield.  Jim is survived by his wife Pat; sons David, Joe and Stephen; daughter Theresa; seven grandchildren Angelique, Diana, Madeline, Joel, Evelyn, Evan and Alexander; sister Joanne and brother Richard; three stepbrothers John, Thomas and James; and stepsister Jane.  Jim was preceded in death by his parents, sister Sylvia, and brother Timothy.

Jim proudly served his country in the United States Air Force where he made his career as a radar operator.  He retired from the Air Force in 1974.  He then changed careers and managed the Fashion Outlet in Champaign, Illinois for 10 years.  Jim then worked for JC Penney, Plastipak, and Plastic Container Corporation.  Most recently he had worked part time for Carle Clinic.

Jim was a very devoted Catholic who attended Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, where he served as a lectern and an usher.  He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Jim was know by his family to be very patriotic, and he enjoyed painting pictures, bowling, hunting, golfing and singing.  The two main loves in his life were fishing and his family.

As per his wishes, Jim will be cremated, and a private family service will be held at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center.  Jim’s remains will be interred in the National Cemetery at a later date.

Memorial contributions in Jim’s name may be made to the Mahomet Area Youth Center, 601 E Franklin St, Mahomet, IL 61853, or to the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club, 201 E Park St, Champaign, IL 61820.

Please comment below with your well wishes, and join Jim’s family in sharing memories, photos and videos on his tribute wall at Sunset Funeral Home.

I know Jim is fishing up a storm in heaven.  Tight lines, Jim!

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