It is with heavy hearts and profound sadness that we announce the passing of a remarkable individual, Gilbert Lee Hoke, who departed this world on July 19th, 2023. A pillar of kindness and benevolence, Gilbert touched the lives of countless individuals, leaving an indelible mark on all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Gilbert is survived by nine of his children, Martha Cox, Rose Ann Williams, Mary Higdon, Lee Hoke, Gilbert Hoke Jr., Peter Hoke, Mari Etta Hoke, Joseph Hoke, Gina Hoke-Dickey, and brother William B. Hoke. He is preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin Houston Hoke, Mary A. Gray Hoke, eight siblings, J.D. Cochran, Catherine Cochran, Ruth Cochran, Kenneth Hoke, Benjamin Houston Hoke Jr., Marie Hoke Miles, Louise Cochran, Robert Hoke, his wife Ann Hoke, and two of his children, Patrick Hoke, and James Hoke. Gilbert was also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Born on October 23,1930 in Louisville, Ky, Gilbert was destined to be a beacon of compassion and generosity from a young age. Raised in a close-knit family, he was instilled with values that would shape the course of his life. Gilbert’s unwavering commitment to helping others blossomed early on, and this spirit of giving would remain a guiding light throughout his journey.
He graduated from Eastern High School and soon after was enlisted into the United States Marine Corps. He served six years in the Korean War before being medically discharged, where he received four Purple Hearts during his tour of duty. From there he accepted a position as an X-Ray Technician Supervisor at Sypris Technologies-Tube Turns, where he worked for more than 35 years before retiring to his home in Louisville, KY.
Gilbert was a great family man and a loving father. He was married to Ann Barbour for 63 years. The couple had eleven children together, and over 100 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. They created a nurturing home filled with warmth and compassion, and their presence was a source of strength for loved ones during both joyous and challenging times.
Gilbert was a social, active man who was deeply involved in many activities for most of his life. He was an engaged member of the American Legion, enjoyed playing Poker, going to the casino, throwing horseshoes, bowling, playing cards at Brownie’s Used Car Lot, cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats, hanging out at the VFW Post, challenging puzzles, and spending time with loved ones. Those fortunate enough to have crossed paths with Gilbert will forever remember his compassionate heart, spirit, zest for life, and the profound impact he made on the lives of others. His selflessness inspired us all to be better and to give back to the world around us.
As we bid farewell to this exceptional soul, let us carry on his legacy of generosity and love. Rest in peace, dear Gilbert. Your kindness has left an enduring imprint on the world, and you will be deeply missed by all whose lives you touched.To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Gilbert Lee Hoke, please visit our flower store.