OBITUARIES: Charles Robert Hokanson, Sr.


Charles Robert Hokanson, Sr.

Resident of Pleasanton

June 11, 1930 – June 15, 2010

Charles Robert Hokanson, Sr. of Pleasanton died June 15 of pneumonia at the age of 80.

Born in Virginia, Minn., he spent his early years in Red Wing, Minn. At 13, he moved with his family to California, settling in Richmond, where he was a four-letter scholar-athlete at Richmond High School. He attended Stanford University on scholarship and played varsity football and was on the track team, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1952 and a master's degree in 1954, both in education. At Stanford, he was a member of the Theta Delta Chi fraternity and played in the 1952 Rose Bowl.

After several years teaching middle school students in Richmond, as well as the children of officers at Subic Bay Naval Base in the Philippines, Mr. Hokanson enjoyed a 28-year career with Lucky Stores in the Bay Area, retiring in 1992. After marrying Janet Heiser in 1968, the couple moved to Pleasanton in 1970, building a house and raising three sons. He was a long-time member of Centerpointe Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years and sons, Charles, Jr., of Arlington, Va., Chris of Tuscaloosa, Ala. and Craig of Pleasanton

Friends and family are invited to a Christian memorial service at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Chapel of the Chimes Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 32992 Mission Boulevard in Hayward.

Charitable donations may be made in Mr. Hokanson's memory to the Valley Humane Society, 3670 Nevada Street, Pleasanton, Calif. 94566.

--Pleasanton Weekly staff.

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