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WILLIAM V. "BILL" HOCKER of Albuquerque, NM died October 19, 2018 at the age of 85. A licensed funeral director, he joined his father, Tony Frkovich at Grants Mortuary, which his parents founded in 1947. He later acquired ownership of the firm and operated it alongside his wife, Kathy and sons Bill Jr., Robert, Stephen and John, and friend James Martinez. Hocker wrote two papers, The Parental Loss of an Adult Child and Unsanctioned and Unrecognized Grief, along with numerous magazine articles. A graduate of the California College of Mortuary Science, Hocker was a member of the New Mexico Funeral Service Association, where he later served as president. Elected to the National Funeral Directors Association board of governors, he served as president from 1988-1989 and was also president of the International Funeral Directors Association from 2010-2012.