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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Obituary - Curt Wayne Hocker “Big Curt”

Curt Hocker, age 57 of Drexel, Missouri passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2021. Cremation, with a visitation to be held Friday, October 22, 2021 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Mullinax Funeral Home, Drexel Chapel (816-657-4400). Memorial services will follow at 6:00 pm Friday, also at the chapel. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at

Curt Wayne Hocker “Big Curt” was born on May 24, 1963 in Paola, Kansas, the son of Marvin Hocker and Sybil Zimmerlee Mills. He attended Drexel schools, and then went to work right away. Curt worked for Dover Sod Farm for many years. He also worked in construction building pole barns and homes, and performed custodial work for Blue Valley Schools. Curt was married to Betty Burrous for twenty-two years, and they raised four children together. He had many loves in his life, the first being his family, then came mushroom hunting and deer hunting, going fishing or basically any and everything outdoors. Big Curt will always be remembered as a jack of all trades and a master of none.

He was preceded in death by his father Marvin Hocker, and his brother-in-law Rick Jones.

Curt is survived by his mother Sybil Mills of Bronson, Florida, his children, Melissa Nichols of Adrian, Missouri, Elizabeth Smith of Adrian, Missouri, Kurtis Hocker “Lil Kurt” of Drexel, Missouri, and April Hocker of Florida, eight grandchildren Sidney Hocker, Sage Smith, Cameron Frazier, Mykanzie Cadet, Maddox Cummings, Elija Cadet, Carson Smith, and Leo Smith, sisters Pam Jones of Williston, Florida, Patsy Stewart (Mike) of Harrisonville, Missouri, Peggy Kidd (Ray) of Williston, Florida, and many nieces, nephews, and extended family members.