Theresa M. Hockenbary
Theresa Margaret Hockenbary born January 25, 1940, in Pierre, S.D. to John and Margaret (Hoffman) Herber. Theresa grew up on the Herber homestead near Kadoka, where she attended grade school near Weta.
After attending St. Martin’s Academy as a freshman, she finished the remainder of her high school years at Kadoka High School. It was during her time there that she met Rodney Allen Hockenbary. They were married November 22, 1958, in Philip.
The newlyweds made their home north of Allen on Rodney’s parents’ place until May of 1959. It was at this time that they purchased their own home, a ranch, south of Kilgore, Neb. The ranch was blessed with the beautiful Niobrara River and trees galore. It was here that they spent nearly 40 years and brought five children into this world, John, January 1960; Lawrence, January 1965; Patricia, March 1969; Aaron, November 1970; and Allen, February 1974.
During her lifetime, Theresa drove the school bus for Cody-Kilgore Schools, starting in 1982 and concluding in 1997.
In 1997, Theresa and Rodney started their next great adventure – a new home and truck wash in Valentine, Neb.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Altar Society, St. Nicholas Church member, participated as a Eucharistic Minister, participated on the worship team, and was a choir member.
Theresa held many offices in the DCCW, square danced in Cody/Kilgore, and was an EMT from 1992 to 2004. In addition to that, she was a surgical technician for five years, then transferred to hospital receptionist.
Some of Theresa’s hobbies included gardening and general activities outdoors, quilting, and sharing her religious beliefs with friends and family. She loved animals, but her 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren held a special place in her heart.
Theresa passed away April 27, 2013, at her home with her family at her side.
Survivors include her husband, Rodney; her children, John (Julie) Hockenbary of Valentine, Neb.; Lawrence (Tera) Hockenbary of New Underwood; Patricia Grove of Pinedale, Wyo.; Aaron (Holly) Hockenbary of Valentine, Neb.; and Allen (Jamie) Hockenbary of Fruitdale; grandchildren: Joni, Cassie, Jami, Kodi, Kara, Blane, Kayla, Derek, Krista, Lance, Corey, Kolt, Luke, Collin, Gable, Layla, Cole, and Alyssa; and great-grandchildren, Deklin, Kealy, Lawrence David and Autumn Rose; her sisters and brothers, Monica (Pat) Weaver of Wanblee, Bernard (Barbara) Herber of Kadoka, Phyllis (Bob) Grubl of Sturgis, Tony Harty of Kadoka; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceeded in death by her mother, Margaret; father, John; stepfather, John; sister, Joanne; and grandson-in-law, Dennis Morgan.