John Ray Hake

March 21, 1937June 7, 2019
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John Ray Hake, age 82, passed away on June 7, 2019.

John was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, on March 21, 1937, to Margaret and George Hake. He was one of eleven children and is survived by his brother Fred Hake of New Port News, Virginia. On October 14, 1972, he married Carol Ann Johnson. They were married for 47 years. He has three children: James Dean, David Wayne, and John Ray along with many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

John graduated from New Castle High School in June of 1956. Shortly after graduation he joined the United States Air Force and was assigned to several Air Force bases. He also served two years at Misawa Air Force Base in Japan. He was honorably discharged in September of 1960.

John joined the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., in January 1962 until he resigned in December 1965. He then went to Houston, Texas, to become a member of the Houston Police Department, class of #33. While serving, he also attended the University of Houston and obtained an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 1972. He served over 25 years for the Houston Police Department and retired in 1992.

After retiring from the Houston Police Department, he became a member of the Harris County Precinct Five Constable’s Office. He also became a member of the Veteran Affairs Police Department in Houston until his retirement in 2003.

John had a great love of traveling and after retirement he and Carol traveled the states in their motor home for several years visiting family and friends. He enjoyed playing softball and traveling the United States playing in several tournaments with the police.

A memorial service for John will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, June 12 at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home and Cemetery in Houston.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests with gratitude that contributions be made to the Houston Policemen’s Burial Fund (241 E 27th, Houston, Texas 77008-2129).


  • Houston policemen's Burial Fund


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, June 12, 2019


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Lynda Powers (Ridenbaugh)

June 12, 2019

So sorry for your loss. Uncle John was loved by many especially all his nieces and nephews. He never failed to keep in touch with his family. He had a winning smile and a hearty laugh. Always saw the good in people. Lots of fond memories. RIP

Gage (12 Gauge) Edwards

June 12, 2019

As the older member of class 33 you were always an encouragement for us younger guys.

Rest in peace my friend.

Gage Edwards
Class 33

Cindy Cox

June 11, 2019

I’m so sorry about you all lost uncle john was such a good man . I remember years ago when I moved to Houston so far from home hIs sister Mimi said you going to be ok because Uncle John is there if you need him .So true he was there for me also he was there for Uncle Sam when he had cancer. I will always remember Uncle John in my heart . He was always there for everyone. You all have my deepest condolence and sympathy Such a good man

Cindy Cox

June 11, 2019

I’m so sorry for you all loss He was such a great man I remember years ago when I moved to Houston his sister Mimi said I would be okay so far away from home because uncle John was there . He was always helping people Uncle Sam when he had cancer he helped me too I could go on and on . He will always be remembered in my heart such a great man you all have my condolences and deepest sympathy

James Koteras

June 10, 2019

I played many softball games/tournaments with John and he was a pleasure to be around. I think I was the second oldest on the team. The most fun was after the game/tournament, we would indulge in adult beverages(imagine that...) and play stupid drinking games. He will be deeply missed and I am proud to call him my friend...Rest in peace my friend...God Bless... Prayers to Carol and the family.

judy germani

June 10, 2019

one of the songs i remember as a little girl being raised with Uncle John was A white sportcoat and a pink carnation. He always dressed so fine and could dance devine! When he would come home with Aunt Carol for the ever faithful class reunions for the Chicks of 56 he would always love to sit on my moms (Jayne) porch and in later years on mine and reminise of the old days in Mahoningtown. How we laughed. He helped a lot of his nieces and nephews, and there were a lot of us. !! His famous words of "Judy Ann" will always be remembered when I sit on my porch. I know my mom is taking care of him and he will never be alone. Rest in peace and hug your brothers and sisters . They will be happy to see you. The summers wont be the same without your happy smile. I love you, Your loving niece Judy Ann.

Rose Hake

June 10, 2019

Uncle John will be missed by so many family members . As our tears flow here and as sad as it is to see him go, I know he will love meeting his heavenly father. I also am sure he and his nephew Chuck will find some mischief to get into.

David Cameron

June 10, 2019

My Deepest Condolences to the family of John Ray Hake~ Keeping you all in my prayers at this most difficult time.

David Cameron
HPD Clear Lake

Shirley Houdek Rush

June 9, 2019

I remember John & Carol from police softball games in the 70's . John & Rick played many games together! Those were fun times with tournaments and traveling -- many friendships & memories were made. My thoughts & prayers are with you. Carol, and your family.
Shirley Houdek-Rush

Ken White

June 9, 2019

My deepest sympathy and condolences to John's family. The pain of losing a loved one eases a little each day especially with great memories. John was a great police officer. He had a good sense of humor and was quick to turn a joke around on you. John and I were in the academy class together and he was willing to share his knowledge with less experienced trainees.