Sherri Lynne (Steele) Hockney

The Sports Journal family mourns the passing of publisher Dean Hockney’s mother, a 47-year resident of Kokomo. She will be missed.


September 28, 1946 – January 11, 2013

Sherri Lynne (Steele) Hockney, 66, Kokomo, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2013, after a lengthy illness. She was born in Indianapolis on September 28, 1946, the daughter of Donald Wayne and Velma Lee Steele. Sherri married Daniel W. Hockney at Franklin Road Baptist Church in Indianapolis on December 18, 1965 with Rev. Charles Baxter officiating.

Sherri was a child of God, strong in faith, and Bible directed; and she was a devoted and proud wife, mother, grandmother, and homemaker to her husband, three children, and two grandchildren. She was a 1964 graduate of Warren Central High School in Indianapolis. She attended Ball State Teachers College/University where she met Dan at a Hootenanny.

Surviving in addition to her husband are a son Dean Hockney, Kokomo; a daughter Shelli Droke and her husband Kevin, Reed City, Michigan; a son, Douglas Hockney, Kokomo; a brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Mary Steele, Omaha, Nebraska; a brother-in-law, Dr. Dennis Hockney and his wife Linda, Antioch, Illinois; grandchildren, Allison Droke, Kokomo, and Frederick (Ricky) Droke, Reed City, Michigan; a nephew, Trenton Steele and his wife Karla, Kearney, Nebraska; a niece, Jennifer Hockney Bratton and her husband Drew, Bloomington, Indiana; and a niece, Rebecca Hockney Nelson and her husband Mark. Arlington Heights, Illinois.  Sherri was preceded in death by her parents.

While healthy, Sherri was active in church,  civic, and family oriented activities including: Past President of Washington Elementary School PTA (two years); Past President of Howard County Council PTA (four years); room mother at Washington School for all three of her children; Past Chair Washington School Fall Festival (two years); Past Chair South Side Little League Baseball Concessions; Past Team Mother East Side Little League Baseball and Southside Little League Baseball; Past Chair Police Athletic League Bowling fundraiser; Past Member of the City of Kokomo Historic Review Board (two years); Past Member of South Side Christian Church, New Life Assembly of God, and Living Water Fellowship; Past Chair South Side Christian Church Vacation Bible School (two years); Past Sunday School Teacher at South Side Christian Church (8 years); Volunteer worker at Hazel Green Academy, a school deep in Appalachian Kentucky (two summers); Member of the City of Kokomo Bicentennial Committee; and a Life Member to the National PTA as presented to Sherri by the Howard County Council PTA.

Beginning in the mid 1980’s, Sherri’s health began to fail which caused her to curtail her previous active involvement in church and civic activities and she became primarily homebound. However, being homebound did not negate her love for her Lord as demonstrated by her tattered Bible and her collections of Christian music, angels, and nativities; nor, did it negate  her love for her family.

A service celebrating the life of Sherri Lynne Steele Hockney will be at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, January 16, at the Ellers Mortuary Main Street Chapel, 725 S. Main Street in Kokomo with Pastors David Myers and Phil Conner officiating.  Sherri will be laid to rest at the Kokomo Memorial Park Cemetery, 1300 East North Street, Kokomo.  Visitation will be from 5:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 15, also at the Mortuary. You are welcome to visit where you may view the tribute DVD, sign the guest book and leave condolences for the family.

At Sherri’s request and In lieu of flowers, Sherri has requested memorials be made to either the Kokomo Rescue Mission, 321 W. Mulberry Street, Kokomo, IN 46901 or to WWKI We Care, 519 N. Main Street, Kokomo, IN 46901. Sherri’s family expresses its sincere appreciation to Dr. Kambiz Karimi, Dr. John Salter and Nurse Andrea Brooks, Dr. David Sedaghat, Nurse Cassandra Dowden, and the Great Lakes Caring Hospice for assisting in Sherri’s final months of care.

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  1. Ann Cox says:

    Dean, Terry and I are soi sorry to hear about your Mother , she was such a sweet lady with such a soft spoken voice and a beautiful smile. I know she will be Greatly Missed by everyone she touched. If there is anything we can do for your Family please let me know. Please tell your Family how sorry we are. Our prayers are with all of you. Ann Cox

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