Arthur E. Hock, Jr.

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Arthur E. Hock, Jr., 87, of Belleville, IL, born February 19, 1933, in Belleville, IL, died Thursday, June 4, 2020, at his residence.

Mr. Hock was a retired sheet metal worker for Union Local # 268 and recently received his 70-year member certificate. He also had worked as adjunct instructor at Southwestern Illinois College. He was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and the Golden Eagles, a group for its most active and loyal members. He was a life member of the American Motorcycle Association, a Masonic Shrine Jester, member of the Swansea Improvement Association, and member of the Caseyville Gun Club. Mr. Hock was very proud to be a United States Marine Korean War combat veteran and went on the 2018 Honor Flight. He will be dearly missed by his feline friends, Harley, Princess, and Izzy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur H. and Emma J., nee Sauer, Hock.

Surviving are his wife of 25 years, Mary Jo “Midge”, nee Mulligan, Hock, whom he married on December 16, 1994;
a son, Karl G. (Lisa) Hock;
a daughter, Karen K. (John) Matthews;
his grandchildren;
and his many good friends from the Tuesday and Thursday morning group.

Memorials may be made to HSHS Hospice, the Belleville Area Humane Society, or to The BackStoppers, Inc. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 11, 2020, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.  Standard CDC guidelines will be in place upon entrance.

Funeral: Graveside services with military honors will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 11, 2020, at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.

Burial will be at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.


12 Comments on Arthur E. Hock, Jr.

Chrissie Powers said : Guest Report Jun 09, 2020 at 4:34 PM

Love and prayers for you Midge, God Speed Art.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Joe English said : Guest Report Jun 09, 2020 at 10:31 AM

Midge - sorry for your loss - always loved talking to the both of you - please accept Joan an my condolences

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jo Rousseay said : Guest Report Jun 09, 2020 at 8:58 AM

Midge, please accept my sympathy on the death of your husband. I didn’t know him but he must have been a good man. He is now at peace.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Linda, Dean Juenger said : Guest Report Jun 08, 2020 at 2:29 PM

I was so very sorry to hear of Art's passing. I felt a special connection to Art because of my dad (Saverio) and Art joining the Marine Corp together. They both were so proud to be a Marine. They will have a grand time up in heaven together meeting up again. May God watch over Art's friends and family. Linda Eckert Juenger

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
John & Bonnie kistner said : Guest Report Jun 08, 2020 at 12:15 PM

So sorry for your loss midge, our thoughts & prayers are with you!

  • Smithton
  • Illinois
John & Bonnie Kistner said : Guest Report Jun 08, 2020 at 9:52 AM

Midge we are so sorry for your loss, you @ Art seemed to be a prefect pair. We will keep you in our thoughts & prayers, please take care!

  • Smithon
  • Illinois 62285
Joyce said : Guest Report Jun 07, 2020 at 4:14 PM

Midge, I am so sorry for your loss! Art was a special person . I can still hear him called out Joycee! We all have been friends for ever!

  • OFallon
  • Il
Debbie and John Porth said : Guest Report Jun 07, 2020 at 9:22 AM

Debbie and I wish to express our condolences to Midge and family over Art's passing. We have known Art and Midge for a long time. Though we did not run into each other as much in recent years, it was always a treat to see them. Art was an outgoing person and will be missed by all that knew him. The one trait that comes to my mind when I think of him was his pride in being a marine. Semper Fi Art.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Roy Mueller said : Guest Report Jun 07, 2020 at 6:55 AM

I will miss Art tremendously. I first met Art a few years back at the 74th street health club. We would exercise together and talk about the world and discuss the happenings. Art was passionate about his family and his conservative beliefs the same as me. We shared a lot of the same thoughts. Art was a Shriner and a Jester and he would tell me about the good ole days of being a Shriner. I thank Art for his service in Korea. Often Art would take me back to his winter time served in Korea and the harsh winters he had to endure while serving as a Marine there. My sympathy to Midge and the rest of Art's family. Roy Mueller, Belleville, IL

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jim Herrington said : Guest Report Jun 06, 2020 at 7:45 PM

I grateful for everything Art did for me personally, everything he taught me and all he did for Local 268. Art will be missed. I am grateful for his service to our nation and his years of instruction to Local 268 apprentices. - Jim Herrington, president, Local 268

  • Belleville
  • IL
Russell said : Guest Report Jun 06, 2020 at 6:11 PM

So sorry for your loss Midge. Love you

  • Swansea
  • IL
Thalia (Red) said : Guest Report Jun 06, 2020 at 1:52 PM

I met Art Hock welcoming him home from his U.S. Veteran Honor Flight at St. Louis Lambert Airport in 2018. I rode my motorcycle with red, white & blue LED lights proudly to the big event that day. I was asked by his Honor Flight escort Jackie Ingoldsby to attend the reception and welcome him and several other Veterans home from our Nation's Capital. I was humbled and glad to be a small part of such a big reception to honor our Veterans for their service to our Country. Art stayed in touch with me after the honor flight commenced. We corresponded by mail and phone. Since my dad served in Korea as well as my friend Bermeta's dad did, us two daughters of Korean War Vets decided to pay Art a visit this past February. Before the COVID-19 was in full swing we were grateful to visit Art and thank him for his service in the "Forgotten War". I got to see his collections of motorcycle memorabilia from his days of racing. He was a VERY BUSY retired man working on his many projects even while battling cancer. A "True Marine" in Spirit and Mind. I am grateful to have known him and all his many accomplishments. I thank Midge for her kindness and hospitality toward Bermeta and I. We will miss our discussions about his life and legacy. A truly special U.S. Combat Marine in "The Forgotten War". I hope you, my dad & Bermeta's dad have all finally met and are smiling down upon us gals keeping us safe from harm. God Speed... Red

  • De Soto
  • Missouri

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