Pony Bird recently lost a special family member. David Hockensmith, beloved father to Pony Bird co-founder Dana Hockensmith and husband of Lois Hockensmith, passed on April 29, 2015 in Kansas City, Mo. at the age of 91.

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Philip and Grandpa

As the patriarch of the Hockensmith family, David was the pillar that supported the family. David and Lois’s strength and genuine goodness helped Dana and Sue through the difficult decision to create a loving home for their son Philip, along with other very fragile children. Since Pony Bird’s inception in 1977, David and Lois have been strong advocates and supporters.

The legacy he has left will continue to help Pony Bird provide quality care to individuals with significant physical and intellectual challenges a brighter and more comfortable future.

A link to David’s obituary can be found here.

A fun story on how David and Lois met can be found here.

Donations in David’s memory may be made via mail at the address below or by clicking the “donate” button in the right-hand column of this post.

Pony Bird Inc.
In Memory of David Hockensmith
PO Box 190
Mapaville, Mo. 63065-0190

hcokensmith family pic

Picture from the Pony Bird archives: (L-R Front ) Marjorie Johnson, Angela Hockensmith, Laura Hockensmith, Lois Hockensmith, David Hockensmith and Marion Johnson. (L-R Back) Sue and David Hockensmith


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Hockensmith family: (Front) Philip (Back L-R) David, Lois, Sue and Dana




5/1/2015 Correction: Photo #2 – Harold Johnson corrected to Marion Johnson.