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Kevin M. Hook

Kevin M. Hook, 53, of Riverside, passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics of complications from esophageal cancer.
Visitation was held Saturday, April 23, at Lensing Funeral Service in Iowa City. A memorial service will followed at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mission of Hope, Safeplace Foundation or The Kevin Hook Memorial Fund for his children’s education.
Kevin was born on Oct. 16, 1962, in Marengo, the son of Kenneth and Janice (McMillen) Hook. He graduated from Benton Community High School in 1981. Kevin was a union carpenter for 24 years with the Local 308 in Cedar Rapids and 1260 in Iowa City. His touch can be found all over Iowa City, including his latest work on the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, as well as the University of Iowa art and music buildings.
In 1993, Kevin married Jo Hicks in Marion. Kevin and Jo were blessed with two boys, Casey (19) and Mason Hook (16). They later divorced but remained close friends working together to raise their children. In 2010, Kevin and Cyndi Kindred found each other and made a life together until his death. They enjoyed many activities together but especially loved to watch Kevin’s boys and Cyndi’s grandchildren play sports.
Kevin was an all-around gifted athlete. He also loved watching sports and was an avid Hawkeye fan.
Later in life, Kevin reaffirmed his faith. Kevin and Cyndi loved to “church hop,” enjoying different worship styles. His love for God was apparent. When visiting Washington, D.C., his preference was to spend his time and money giving to the homeless rather than visiting the usual sites. He enjoyed volunteering time at Mission of Hope and Safeplace Foundation in Cedar Rapids.
Kevin is survived by parents, Kenneth and Janice Hook, of Solon; Jo Hook and two sons, Casey (Daylee Jellison) and Mason Hook, of Cedar Rapids; a sister, Lyn Dee (G. Patrick) Kealey, of Iowa City, and their children, Alexis, Mikhail, and Lilian, David (Jenner) Kealey and family, of Davenport, Brendan Kealey and family, of Iowa City, Colin (Angela) Kealey, of Los Angeles, Calif., Darby Kealey (Megan Galizia), Los Angeles, Calif., Olivia Kealey, San Francisco, Calif. and Maria Kealey, Madison, Wis.; a brother, Christopher Hook of Solon; fiancé, Cynthia Kindred, of Riverside, and her children, Bill (Shannon) Kindred, of Keota, and their children, Taylor, Cole, Billie, Chad Kindred, of Keota, and his children, Chase, and Carsin, and Joshua Kindred of Fredericksburg, Va.