Joe Leon Hoxsey, former resident of Kingman, was born Sept. 25, 1939, in San Diego to Ernestine (Soldani) Hoxsey and Robert Bennett Hoxsey. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones on April 29, 2014, in Escondido, Calif., after a brief battle with bladder cancer.
Joe was known for his quick wit, wonderful sense of humor, terrific smile and warm heart. He made friends wherever he went and was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need.
After Joe retired from Cal Trans in 1997, he enjoyed many cruises, road trips and other travels with family and friends. He kept busy with other activities as well, including past membership in the Knights of Columbus, Elks Lodge, Society of St. Vincent de Paul and MADD. He was also an active member of the Lost Dutchmen and John P. Squibob Chapters of the E. Clampus Vitus Historical Society.
He enjoyed hiking, fishing, ballroom dancing, music, singing, traveling, reading, crossword puzzles, cribbage, chess, dominoes and card games. But his favorite pastime was get-togethers with family and friends. He was a true joy to be around and everyone who knew him will miss his presence in their life.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his beloved first wife, Linda Kassel Hoxsey. Joe is survived by his beloved second wife, Grace Denny Hoxsey; his three children, Theresa (Tommy) Martin, Robert (Lynne) Hoxsey and Christine (Tim) Stearns; his three stepchildren, Elaine (Doyel) Price, Brian (Tara) Denny and Lynette (Dean) Nelson. He is also survived by his sister, Susan Pierce, and his brother, Michael Hoxsey. He left behind seven grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren, four great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. And last but not least, he left behind many dear friends.
Services were held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Escondido on May 2, 2014. A memorial mass is being offered in his honor on May 30 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Kingman.
Joe asked that in lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Elizabeth Hospice in Escondido.