MAHOMET – James A. Hoctor Jr., 76, of Mahomet passed away at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 12, 2013) at his residence.
Jim was born Nov. 24, 1936, in Pittsfield, Mass., to James A. and Stella T. Lingoski Hoctor Sr. He married Patricia A Raline on April 6, 1957, in Pittsfield. She survives.
Also surviving are three sons, David (Lauren) Hoctor of Independence, Ky., Joseph (Tina) Hoctor of Mahomet and Stephen (Catherine) Hoctor of Momence; a daughter, Theresa (Timm) Martin of Williamsburg, Ky.; seven grandchildren, Angelique (Joshua) Morrow, Dianna Carver, Madeline, Joel, Evelyn, Evan, and Alexander Hoctor. Other survivors include a sister, Joanne (Richard) Marran of Hinsdale, Mass.; a brother, Richard (Kathleen) Hoctor of Lee, Mass.; three stepbrothers, John and Thomas Comalli, both in California, and James Comalli of Maryland; and a stepsister, Jane Carmel of Massachusetts. He was preceded in death by his father, James A. Hoctor Sr., his mother, Stella T. Hoctor Comalli; and a stepfather, Bondi Comalli; a sister, Sylvia; and a brother, Timothy.
Jim proudly served his country in the United States Air Force, where he made it his career as a radar operator. He retired from the Air Force in 1974. After retirement he changed careers and managed the Fashion Outlet in Champaign for 10 years. He then worked for JC Penney, Plastipak and Plastic Container Corporation. Most recently he had worked part-time for Carle Clinic.
Jim was a very devoted Catholic who attended Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, where he served as a lectern and an usher. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Jim was known by his family to be very patriotic and he enjoyed painting pictures, bowling, hunting and golfing. The two main loves in his life were fishing and his family.
Per his wishes, Jim will be cremated and a private family service will be held at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Champaign-Urbana Chapel, 710 N. Neil St., in Champaign. Jim's remains will be interred in the National Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Mahomet Area Youth Center, 601 E. Franklin St, Mahomet, IL 61853 or the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club, 201 E. Park St., Champaign, IL 61820. Please join Jim's family in sharing memories, photos, or videos on his tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com .