Melvin Arlie Hoke
Melvin Arlie Hoke, 89, died April 13, 2021, at the home of his daughter where he spent the last seven months of his life.
Melvin was born in Mound Valley, Kansas, to Paul and Mildred Hoke. The family moved to the Portland area in 1946. He attended Park Rose High School, where he wrestled. Wrestling was his love.
In 1949, Melvin was ready for a new adventure, so after asking a friend he had met at church camp if there was work in Central Oregon, he decided to move to Madras.
Melvin met his future wife, Rosalie Burke, at the Opal City School in 1949. On July 1, 1950, they married and on July 1, 2020, they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
Melvin always enjoyed farming and worked for a couple farmers on the high plains north of Madras. He went to work at the Warm Springs Saw Mill where he worked for 27 years. During that time he bought a farm near the edge of the canyon between Metolius and Culver where he lived until the last seven months of his life. After retiring from the mill, he went to work for the Jefferson County Sheriff 's Office, at which time he obtained his Oregon Law Enforcement Certification, working as a Reserve Sheriff 's Deputy, and also transported juveniles into his 70s.
They also took in foster children and provided them with a loving home, some of which have stayed in contact with them over the many years.
In 1962, Melvin was involved in a serious accident, in which he received injuries that medical personnel believed he would not survive, and the prognosis was that if he did survive, he would never walk again. Not only did he overcome those injuries, he persevered through his strength, and his trust in the healing hand of God.
His family and his faith in God were the most important parts of his life. He was a member of Madras Free Methodist Church, Nazarene and most recently the Metolius Friends Church.
Melvin enjoyed hunting and fishing, spending time both in Canada, and Alaska pursuing moose, bear, and elk. He was seldom more at peace than when in the woods.
Melvin is survived by Rosalie, his wife of 70 years; sons, Richard Hoke of Madras, and Raymond Hoke of Sprague River; daughter, Elizabeth (Liz) Robertson of North Bend; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He joined those who have gone before: Grandpa and Grandma; brother, Loyd; and sister, Bernice.
Graveside services were held April 23 at the First German M.E. Cemetery between Metolius and Culver. The family wishes to thank all the friends, family and neighbors that were there in support of the family.