John Carl Hoelk, 88, Coast Guard vet, U.S. Postal Service retiree, loved reading, steam engines

By on August 3, 2016

John Carl Hoelk, 88, of Lititz, died at Luther Acres Healthcare Center on Saturday, July 30, 2016.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on June 7, 1928, John was the son of the late Hans and Elsa Hoelk. John was the loving husband to Erika (von Soosten) Hoelk for 60 years.

John graduated from McKinley Tech in Washington, D.C., and attended the University of Maryland in College Park.

John enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1946 where he trained to be a radioman. He served on three Coast Guard cutters: the Cherokee, the Pontchartrain, and the Chincoteague. Later in his career he served as an aviation radioman in Elizabeth City, N.C.; and Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, N.Y. In 1955 he served as an air traffic controller at National Airport in Washington, D.C.

He married Erika in 1956 in Brooklyn, N.Y.; and they raised their family in Hyattsville, Md.; where they resided for more than 40 years. They were members of St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Washington, D.C. John was also a member of American Legion Posts No. 108, Cheverly, Md.; and No. 136 in Greenbelt, Md.

John retired from the U.S. Postal Service, where he worked as a mail carrier and postal clerk. After retirement he became a volunteer for Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, Hyattsville, Md.

John and Erika moved to Lititz in 2004. They became members of Brickerville United Lutheran Church in Brickerville. John enjoyed reading; road trips; and anything having to do with railroads, especially steam engines. He truly loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife: Erika; and their four children: The Rev. Linda Hanus (The Rev. Clifford) of Marana, Ariz.; JoAnn Marvel (Dr. Jon) of Cullowhee, N.C.; Barbara Moseman (John) of Columbia, Md.; and Mark Hoelk (Marybeth Dugan) of College Park, Md. He is also survived by three grandchildren: Kimberly, Christopher, and Johnny Moseman; and two cousins: Gerard Hoelk, Utah; and Carl Hoelk, Virginia.

A memorial service will be held at Brickerville United Lutheran Church, 340 E. 28th Division Highway, Lititz, on Saturday, Aug. 6, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Scott K. Davis presiding. Friends will be received one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Brickerville United Lutheran Church, 340 E. 28th Division Highway, Lititz, PA 17543.

To send an online condolence, visit Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, Lititz, handled the arrangements.

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