David W. Hoenke,
age 90 of Chesterton, passed away on August 31, 2018, at his home.
He was born on
November 8, 1927, in Chicago, IL, to Arnold and Ruth Hoenke, both of whom
preceded him in death.
David met the love
of his life while camping with friends at the Indiana State Park. Barbara
Neelands became his wife on June 7, 1952. They both had strong feeling for
the dunes. Later they purchased a cottage on Johnson Beach, this was where
they created many pleasant memories.
David is survived
by Barbara and his children: Tracy McDonald of Chesterton, Kim Hoenke
Cassler of Chesterton, and Mark Hoenke (Kimberly Krill) of Chesterton, and
by his grandchildren: Caleb McDonald, Zach McDonald, Courtney (A.J) Udvare,
Matt Cassler, Steven Hoenke, and Christopher Hoenke.
He is also preceded
in death by his brother, Arnold Hoenke.
David was a Purdue
University graduate, and was employed by US Steel as a Civil Engineer for
many years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Chesterton. David had a
passion for standard gauge trains, he built his own track and numerous train
cars in meticulous detail. He also enjoyed restoring classic Mercedes Benz
He had a great
affection for cats, after the passing of his pet cat Gypsy, he would visit
the local pet stores just to visit the cats.
There will be no
may be given to the Independent Cat Society, 4061 S. County Line Rd.,
Westville, IN, 46391.
under the care of White-Love Funeral Home, Chesterton, IN.
Memories may be