John Everett Bockey: “Papa John” (94): July 6, 1925 – August 27, 2019
John was born July 6, 1925 in Hancock County, Ohio to John Solomon and Anna Viola (Van Sant) Bockey. A child of the depression era, John loved sharing stories of his childhood and the importance of family and faith. John was employed by the Ohio Oil Company – now Marathon - as a truck driver and retired after 31 years as a terminal manager in Louisville, Kentucky. He pursued second careers as a restaurant owner and pharmacy bookkeeper before officially retiring in 2001.
John is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Carole Gleason Bockey; daughter Mary Stratemeyer (Bill); stepdaughters Kristen Bond (Hobie) and Cynthia Reynolds (Will Griffith); grandchildren Nikki Stratemeyer, Rachel Botella (Christian), BJ Stratemeyer (Kristin), Ben Bond (Rachel), David Bond, and Rachel Bond; great-grandchildren Gabriel, Alex, and Adrian Botella and Archer and Maverick Stratemeyer.
John was preceded in death by sisters Ruth, Helen, and Norma and first wife, Billie Bockey (Mary’s mother).
Throughout his retirement years, John was active in many churches as well as earning a lifetime membership in The Masonic Lodge and The Kosair Shrine of Kentucky. He was a proud Kentucky Colonel and was active in local politics.
John greatly enjoyed supporting Carole’s work as an organist and choir director at numerous churches and often used his vocal gifts in the church choir wherever she played. With Carole’s retirement from full-time piano teaching and church music ministry in 2016, John and Carole relocated to Pickerington, Ohio where they joined Epiphany Lutheran Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to consider making a donation in John’s memory to one of his favorite charities. These include Shriners Children’s Hospital (www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org) and WHAS Crusade for Children (www.whascrusade.org).
Final arrangements for John include visitation at Epiphany Lutheran Church, (268 Hill Road N; Pickerington, OH 43147) on Thursday, September 12 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Additional visitation at Epiphany on Friday, September 13 from 10:00-11:00 AM followed by a Celebration of Life service at 11:00 in the sanctuary. Interment to follow at the Epiphany Lutheran Church Columbarium.