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HOXIE, SR., Herbert Emerson ("Herb")


Herbert Emerson (“Herb”) Hoxie, Sr. passed away on April 2, 2021, at the age of 97. Born in Lansing, Michigan, he enlisted in the Navy and served as a pilot in World War II. During the war he married the love of his life, Helen Hoxie, with whom he enjoyed 74 years of marriage. He returned from the war to complete college at Michigan State University and received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Following a clerkship with the Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, he joined the FBI as a Special Agent. He was promoted to Special Agent in Charge of several offices and retired as an Assistant Director under the leadership of Director Clarence M. Kelley. His many accomplish­ments in the FBI include apprehendi­ng a fugitive wanted for murdering police officers, during which he was shot after exchanging himself for a teen boy who was held hostage, and managing the American Indian Movement’s occupation of Wounded Knee. After retiring from the FBI, he joined S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. as the Corporate Director of Security and Special Counsel, which led him to travel the world extensivel­y. He was a Rotarian for over 50 years and a longtime member of the FBI Society of Former Special Agents. He is survived by his son, Herbert E. “Chip” Hoxie, Jr., his two grandchild­ren, Jamie L. Hoxie and Kyle E. Hoxie, a granddaugh­ter-in-law, Katie Hoxie, and two great-grandchild­ren, Lily Hoxie and Lena Hoxie, all of whom loved him dearly. He was preceded in death by wife Helen Hoxie and daughter Connie Hoxie.

A short interview of Herb’s extraordin­ary life is available at:

A memorial service will be held on April 22, 2021 at 11:00 am at Christ United Methodist Church in Plano, Texas. The service will be livestream­ed here: https://vimeo .com/537058264/325db792d9

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