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Russell Edwin Hockersmith, Jr., age 73, of Bronston, KY, passed away on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at his residence.


Russell was born on November 13, 1948 in Indianapolis, IN to the late Russell Hockersmith and Delores Doody.  Russell served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1973 as a Heavy Vehicle Driver earning the National Defense Medal and the Sharpshooters Medal. He retired from Johns Manville in Riverside, CA after 27 years and Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, KY.  Russell enjoyed his annual trips with his sisters and close friend, Joyce Graves.  He was an avid sports fan, and especially loved his Indianapolis Colts.  Russ enjoyed fishing, spending time with his family and making everyone laugh.   


He is survived by one daughter, Deanna (and Troy) Mihulke of Bronston; two sisters, Nancy Lee Edwards of Bronston and Carolyn Stepp of Bronston; one brother, Kenny (and Marsha) Hockersmith of Greenfield, IN; six nieces and nephews, Dee Dee, Jerry, Sherry, James, Kris and Colleen; several great nieces and nephews; seven grandchildren, Jeffery, Elizabeth, Tanner and Chase residing in Oregon and Joseph, James and Connor of Bronston.


Along with his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Dee Johnson; and one niece, Shelley Grable.


Visitation will be on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 from 11:00am until 1:00pm at Lake Cumberland Funeral Home.


His funeral service will follow on Tuesday at 1:00pm at the Chapel of Lake Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Tony Hall officiating.  Burial will be at Bronston Cemetery. 


Military Honors will be conducted by the American Legion Post #38 Honor Guard.  Pallbearers will be James Cookson, Joey Cookson, Connor Cookson, Jeffrey Cookson, Paul Morrow, Adam Morrow, Jerry Stepp and Jerry Lee Stepp.


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