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William James "Bill" Hoks

January 21, 1954 — November 9, 2021

Bill Hoks, 67, passed away on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, with his wife, Debbie, at his side. He was born on January 21, 1954, in Elgin, ND, the son of Emmett and Georgiann (Stilp) Hoks. Bill met the love of his life, Debbie Kappell, at the age of 10. They were united in marriage on August 30, 1974, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Appleton and have been together for over 57 years. He was employed with Universal Paper Co. for 38 years. Bill enjoyed fishing, checking his trail cams, flying drones, fixing anything and everything, and spending time with friends four wheeling up north. He will be remembered most as a devoted husband and loving father to his only daughter, Lisa. Bill had a sense of humor that lit up a room, was extremely generous, and was always there when someone needed him. He was even a great doggie grandpa to Rosie.

Bill is survived by his wife: Debbie; daughter: Lisa (Matthew) Lapin; siblings: Judi Vandeberg, Marnie (Lloyd) Rollefson, Tim (Holly) Hoks, Mike (Joanne) Hoks, Connie Guenzel; mother-in-law: Marjorie Kappell; sisters- and brothers-in-law: John (Joline) Kappell, Bonnie (Dennis) Ahlborg, Steve (Sue) Kappell, Rick (Jane) Kappell, and Sue Hoks; 39 nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents: Emmett and Georgie Hoks; a brother: Bob Hoks; and his father-in-law: John Kappell.

The funeral liturgy will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, November 19, 2021, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 312 S. State St., Appleton, with Fr. Bill Swichtenberg officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:00 am until the time of the Mass. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Appleton.

Family and friends describe Bill as an amazing man with a heart of gold. Always with a kind word and funny story, he was someone who took the time to connect and help with whatever was needed. Bill Hoks will always be loved, and truly missed. As Mitch Album writes, “Life has an end. Love doesn’t.” Bill will remain in our hearts forever.

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Saturday, November 19, 2022

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St. Mary Catholic Church

312 S State St, Appleton, WI 54911

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Saturday, November 19, 2022

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312 S State St, Appleton, WI 54911

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1528 N Ballard Rd, Appleton, WI 54911

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