Life Story / Obituary
Richard “Hox” K. Hoxie of Traverse City teed off for the last time at 10:45 PM on Wednesday May 13th, 2020 at the age of 89.
It was a beautiful warm sunny day when he went to meet his brother Jack “the other Hox” R. Hoxie to play 18 holes in the Great Lakes Golf course in the sky. The “Boys of Summer” and his long-time buddy “cart buddy” Frank Siepker will miss him greatly. While the “Hox” was always quite on the green we are sure he was thinking of great golfing advice for his friends like: “The easiest shot in golf is your fourth putt” as well as “The newer the golf ball, the greater it’s desire to escape.”
He putted into this world on December 17, 1930 in Royal Oak to the late Oliver and Mildred Hoxie.
After serving the Korean War in the United States Army he worked for Firestone tire company and then the Ajax paving company.
Richard will be remembered as a kind hearted, loving and generous man. He was the kind of man who “Did what he said and said what he did” in his deep booming voice. While being a big man he never made you feel small in his presence in fact he was always someone you could count on to lift you up, in a time of need.
An avid lover of wildlife, fisherman and huntsmen he had a profound respect and connection with nature that he shared with his friends and family. Outside of squirrels, he hated squirrels or “rats with fluffy tails” as he would call them.
You knew you had earned his respect when you were invited over for dinner at the house or called over to bar at Boones Long Lake Inn. A friend that would listen, tell you honestly what he thought and then give great advice on how to fix something around the house or the best way to play a shot.
A proud husband first to Cleo Thompson with whom he had two children Lisa and Rick and later to Jean Ross.
He is survived by his two children as well as nieces; nephews; numerous friends and his dearest friend Linda Anderson whom was with him every minute in the end providing him with comfort and love.
Preceding Richard includes his parents, his brother’s Jack, Russell and Rodger.
Honoring Richard’s wishes, cremation was chosen, and no services are planned at this time. A celebration of his life will be announced at a later date.
An outdoor celebration of life will start at 11 am, with Military Honors at 12 noon, Sunday, August 2, 2020 at Richard’s home at 6805 Bandow Woods Drive, Traverse City. A food reception will continue. Please bring a lawn chair and stay for the celebration reception. Please visit www.lifestorytc.com to share your thoughts with the family and more. The family chose Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City.
Peace be with you Hox...."Money, comb, cigarette, matches good to go…"