Russell "Dewey" Hoke

Born in Waterloo, IA
Born on May 18, 1940
Departed on Jun 29, 2020


Russell Duane “Dewey” Hoke was born May 18, 1940 in Waterloo, Iowa.  Russell was diagnosed with lung cancer in May of 2020, and he passed away at home on June 29th, 2020. 

Russell was raised in Fairview, Iowa and graduated from Anamosa High School. He served in the United States Army and was stationed in Thule, Greenland where he worked as a radio repair technician. Russell worked for 37 years at Rockwell Collins, ending his career as a quality control inspector. Russell was meticulous at his job and in his many hobbies. Over the years he enjoyed fishing, golfing, and collecting. Russell and Gloria were avid auction goers up until his death. His family and friends especially enjoyed his talents at fixing and sharing treasures from his watch collection.

On Christmas Eve 1965, Russell married the love of his life, Gloria Vineyard. They had 2 children, Wendy and Reed. As a family they enjoyed time in nature on picnics and road trips through Eastern Iowa and the United States. Russell was a lifelong nature lover and he supported conservation through memberships in Ducks Unlimited, Iowa Conservation, Sierra Club, and the Indian Creek Nature Center. Russell will always be remembered as a man loyal to his family and kind to all he encountered. 

Russell is survived by his wife Gloria (Vineyard), daughter Wendy (David) Stokesbary, son Reed (Joseph) Guerrero Hoke, granddaughter Ali Stokesbary, and sister Luana Hoke Rarey. He is preceded in death by his father Russell O. Hoke, mother Ruth (Joslin) Hoke, and sister Anita (Gary) Arnold. 

A celebration of Russell’s life will be held at the Community of Christ Church. The service will be live streamed so all friends and family can participate at:  Preferred memorials are donations made in Russell’s name to the Indian Creek Nature Center, or a charity of your choice.