Clarence “Corky” Moke Jr. | June 10, 1943 - Nov. 27, 2013

Merrillville man put family first

2013-12-25T23:30:00Z Merrillville man put family firstBy Carrie Rodovich Times Correspondent
December 25, 2013 11:30 pm  • 

Caroline Wilson-Moke knew Clarence “Corky” Moke Jr., would be her husband the day she met him.

The couple was introduced by one of her relatives, and they hit it off immediately.

“We clicked,” she said of her husband of almost 10 years. “One dance and that’s all it took, I was hooked.”

Clarence “Corky” Moke Jr., 70, of Merrillville, died Nov. 27. He worked more than 42 years for US Steel Gary Works and had established Moke Realty, which is family owned and operated.

He was involved in numerous community organizations, and was a proud Army veteran.

Moke was a kind and gentle man who never had a bad word to say about anyone, she said.

“Everyone thought he was so kind-hearted,” he said. “He always liked to help people.”

He always put family first, and was proud to teach his children the real estate business.

“He enjoyed teaching them how he did things, and he enjoyed being around the people,” she said.

He also enjoyed socializing with his friends at the VFW hall or the Legion, she said.

He loved his big green van, called the “Corkstermobile,” and loved Corvettes.

The couple had fun together with whatever they did, even if it was just doing crossword puzzles together, she said.

“He was my sweet Corky,” she said. “He had the prettiest blue eyes.”

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