Hozea “Ho” Lock, 71, left this earth peacefully while surrounded by loved ones on the afternoon of December 26, 2021, after a long battle with cancer.
Hozea was born August 25, 1950, in Sparkman, Arkansas. He spent his childhood in Milwaukee and his adult life living in Green Bay.
Hozea met the love of his life, Karen, in Green Bay on January 3, 1981. They were married for forty years, just shy of reaching their 41st wedding anniversary. They shared a beautiful life together, fiercely loving their children and grandchildren, and took to the dance floor to practice their ballroom moves as much as possible.
Hozea made his livelihood by learning the trade of drywall finishing. He was an employee of HJ Martin for years before taking the leap to start his own business, Creative Finishing. With eyes like a hawk, and a keen attention to details he perfected his skill and became a sought-after drywall finisher.
Hozea marched to the beat of his own drum, lived an active life, and made the most of his time here. In addition to being a social butterfly, he loved to fish, play softball and golf. A batboy for his father’s baseball team in Milwaukee, Hozea started playing softball as soon as he could. Some of the teams Hozea played on were Steel City, The Misdemeanors, Sammy’s Pizza, University Pub, and Detrie’s Bombers. In 1983 & 1984 the University Pub team won the slow pitch city championship and Detrie’s Bombers won in 1985. Hozea was often the cleanup hitter, a contributing factor to their success.
Hozea was an avid golfer and most days in the spring and summer were spent on a golf course. His enthusiasm for golf didn’t end with just playing. After retiring, he worked part-time at Nortbrook and The Woods golf courses. He played in two golf leagues and cherished the friends he made while golfing.
Hozea’s smile was infectious and lit up any room he walked into. He loved nothing more than making conversation and lifting another’s spirits. A self-proclaimed philosopher, he offered advice and shared his wisdom to anyone who would listen. For many years you could find him at Hero’s socializing and enjoying a beer or a shot of a good tequila with his friends and acquaintances.
Hozea is survived by his wife, Karen (Pisczor); his children, Amanda Lock, Allison (Luke) Barthen, Jerome (Carmen) Bell, Elvis Lock (fiancé Tawaina), and Alexis Hayes; sisters, Mary Frances Rozier, Judy (Myron) Hood; sisters-in-law, Christine (Dave) Beres; Thelma Lock, Joan Lock, Linda (Dennis) Heyrman; 15 grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Hozea was preceded in death by his parents, Elbridge and Naomi (Tramel) Lock; brothers, Cal Lock and Michael “Big Mike” Lock; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph and Helen Pisczor; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jim and Betsy Pisczor; along with grandparents, aunts, uncles and family pets.
A Celebration of Hozea’s life will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2022, Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason Street, Green Bay, WI. Visitation will be from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. followed by a service beginning at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Marlon Lock officiating. On-line condolences may be given at www.prokowall.com.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Unity Hospice (CommUnity Care) https://unityhospice.org/donate/#donate’ ,
The family would like to share their sincerest thanks to all the medical professionals that were a part of his journey, especially the staff of the Cancer Center at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, Green Bay Oncology, and Unity Hospice.