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Kenneth Dwayne Hoctor


Kenneth Dwayne Hoctor passed away unexpectedly at his home on April 25, 2019, at 64 years of age.

Born June 17, 1954, in Goldendale, Ken grew up helping on the family farm and attended school in Goldendale, graduating in 1972. He then went on to graduate from Perry Technical Institute in Yakima, Washington, and relocated to Centralia, Washington, in 1978 with his wife, Brenda. In 1981, they began doing business as 4 Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning out of a shop behind their home. Ken's hard work and dedication led them to build a facility for their growing business in 1995, which they owned and operated in the community for a total of 38 years. Many would recognize Ken's rainbow striped van driving around town, even when he was working in other cities. Ken and Brenda were preparing for retirement at the end of the year and Ken was helping his father manage part of the family farm. The grandkids were looking forward to more tractor and lawnmower rides with Grandpa.

Ken may be best known for his sense of humor to connect with those around him. He was always teasing, laughing, and joking around with family, friends, and customers.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Brenda; son, Damon and grandchildren Emalee, Garrett, and Hailie Hoctor of Onalaska, Washington; daughter Megan (Audie) and grandchildren Declan, Weston, and Adelyn Hunter of Centralia, Washington; father Charles M. Hoctor of Goldendale; and brother Charles E. Hoctor (Cindy) of Granger, Washington. He was preceded in death by his mother, Loretta Hoctor, and sister, Rosemarie Story, both of Goldendale.

The famiy is planning a Memorial gathering for Ken on June 22 at 1 p.m. at the Goldendale Grange Hall. They invite his family and friends to attend.


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