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Joseph ”Joe” Lee Hoak, 60, of Trenton, died at his home on Nov. 29, 2013, after a battle with cancer.

He was born in Natrona Heights, Pa., 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 Vietnam and was honorably discharged on Feb. 4, 1974. He continued in the Army Reserve, being finally discharged 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 (Robert) Daniels, of El Dorado, Kan., Amy (Alan) Detimore, of Marysville, Kan., and Angela (Michael) Willard, of Topeka, Kan.; his son, Steven (Malinda) Lerma, of McCook; 10 grandchildren; two great-grand-children; his fiance, Dorothy Shaffer; three sisters, Lisha (Timothy) Davis, of Saxonburg, Pa., Venus (Tony) Caldorone, of Tarentum, Pa., and Sissy Meyers, of Florida; six brothers, Louis, of Colorado, Robert, of Anchorage, Alaska, Tom Hoak and Bruno Nobilese, both of Tarentum, Pa., Tim (Megan), of Natona Heights, and Tracy (partner, Reid Dastillo) Hoak, of Denver, Colo.

Memorials are suggested to the Veteran’s Travel Assistance Fund. Online condolences may be shared at

Services will be at 10:30 a.m., on Friday, Dec. 6, at the Church of God in Trenton with Pastor Timothy Roberts officiating. Burial will be at the Trenton Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted at graveside. Visitation will be on Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Herrmann-Jones Funeral Chapel in Trenton, which is in charge of arrangements.

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