William James “Bill” Hook, 88 passed away on August 14, 2019
following a long battle with esophageal cancer. He was surrounded by
family in his home.
Bill was born April 19, 1931 in Colorado Springs, Colorado to Clifford
and Emma (Hansen) Hook. He attended grade school in Midland, CO
and then rode in the back of the unheated mail truck to Cripple Creek
for high school. When Bill was old enough to drive, he was paid to
transport other students to school. He married his high school
sweetheart, Dixie June (Hovey) who survives him.
Bill and his brothers worked on the Midland Railroad with their dad until 1950. In 1951 he joined the U.S. Navy with his brother Paul, serving as a Dental Technician.
After receiving an honorable discharge, he settled in Canon
City, driving to Colorado Springs to work at Universal Electric. In 1956,
he began working at the Colorado Department of Corrections, retiring
as Senior Captain in 1977. He was known as "Capt. Hook". When given
an opportunity, he could capture an audience, sharing his many wide-
ranging experiences. Bill also worked his family farm and did custom
haying during the time he worked at the prison.
In the early 1960's, Bill was also one of the original organizers of what is now the Park Center Water District. He later became superintendent. After finally retiring, he spent his winters in Port Aransas, Texas fishing in the Gulf and eating fine seafood. You would find him in his little 12 foot aluminum boat fishing alongside huge oil tankers, or tied up at the old docks catching sheep head fish.
Bill was a hard worker and loved adventure. During his life, he
loved fishing, hunting, square dancing, bowling, traveling, and
attending Sunday breakfast at the VFW with friends. He was a member of the
Cattleman's Association and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows
where he recently was honored with a 30 Year Jewel.
He leaves behind his beloved children, Jim (Luanne) Hook of
Bluff, Utah, Debbie (Dave) Dickens, Alan Hook, Monica (Ken) McGowan
all of Canon City, CO; brothers, Bob and Ken Hook; grandchildren, Jennifer, Will, Lacey, Jill, Thomas, Sofie, Jason, Jamie, Jarad, Karri, Kelly, Aaron, Chelsea and Logan; 16 great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Paul and Vernon.
The family would like to thank the staff of Sangre de Christo Hospice,
and the friends from the Royal Gorge Manor for their loving support
and care. Special thanks to caregivers Adrienne and Eliza Cash.
At his request, cremation has taken place.
The family wishes to invite all friends for a gathering and light lunch to celebrate his life at the V.F.W. Hall located at 215 N. Cottonwood, Canon City, CO on Saturday, September 7th, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.
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