Richard E. “Dick” Hockman, 87, of Burlington, passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee.
Dick was born in Racine, on Oct. 11, 1935, to Julius and Agnes (nee Mueller) Hockman. His early life was spent in Burlington, where he graduated from Burlington High School. He served in the US Army from 1955 to 1957 and was stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska. He worked with the Alaskan Radar System during the Cold War on the Aleutian Islands. On June 18, 1960, he was united in marriage to Alice Rose. Following marriage, they made Burlington their home. He was a lifelong resident of the Burlington area.
Dick worked at a police officer for 34 years for the City of Burlington Police Department. He retired in 1993 as the Assistant Police Chief. He also served as the firearms instructor for the city and town of Burlington police departments. He was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He also loved to travel after retirement with his wife throughout the United States. His absolute favorite place was the family cottage, where he fished the waters of Vilas County and his home waters of Plum Lake. His greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Dick is survived by his wife, Alice; children, Mike (Linda) Hockman and Mary (Dan) Torgerson; grandchildren, Haley (Kevin) Jones, Kyle Hockman and Lauren (Nick) Otter; great-grandchildren, Saylor Jones, Berkley Jones and Evelyn Otter; along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Henry (Janet) Hockman and Julie (Art) Myszkewicz.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and care team at MRICU at St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee, for their loving care and compassion during this time.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Plum Lake Fire Department in Sayner, Wisconsin.
Services for Dick will be held Thursday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Schuette-Daniels Funeral Home. Relatives and friends may visit with the family from 3 until 6 p.m. at the funeral home. A private burial will take place at St. Charles Cemetery at a later date.
Well-wishers may visit www.danielsfamilyfuneral.com.