Kevin L. Hoitink, 55, of 2222 Mann Road, Findley Lake, N.Y., lost his battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), at his home on May 2, 2014, surrounded by his family. He fought that battle with dignity.
He was born Aug. 17, 1958, in Corry, Pa., the son of the late Howard Hoitink and Beverly Lacross Hoitink.
Kevin was a Clymer Central School graduate class of 1977. Kevin worked for Rudy Burkholder in Clymer from 1977-86, he then worked at Advacom from 1986 to 2001 and then at UPMC Hamot from 2001-11. He was an EMT since 1993 in New York state and Pennsylvania. He became an EMT instructor for Pennsylvania, in 1999, and has been a fire police officer since 1989. He joined the Findley Lake Fire Department in 1998 and is still a current life member. Kevin was assistant chief from 2005-09, then became chief in 2009 having to step down due to his illness in the spring of 2012. He had been part of many things including state evaluator since 1996, Life Star ground team since 1989, Starflight Ground team since 1995, BLS instructor since 2009, and EK6 Certification in 2008.
Kevin spent most of his life in the Findley Lake Fire Department taking many hours of classes and training courses so that he could help others in need.
He is survived by his wife, Cathy Hoitink; a son, Ryan Hoitink; daughters: Cassandra and Beth Hoitink; daughter-in-law, Janice Kramer; grandchildren: Lilly, Owen, and Skyler Hoitink; his mother, Beverly Hoitink; sisters: Kellie Hoitink Perry, Kim Hoitink Ingalls and Kathy Hoitink Rager; and brothers: Kevin G. and Keith Hoitink.
Besides his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents: Wilma LaCross and Harold and Myrtle Hoitink.
Friends will be received from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., Monday, May 5, 2014, at the Spitzer Funeral Home 135 Miller St., Sherman, N.Y. A Fireman's Memorial service will be held at 7 p.m.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday May 6, 2014, at the funeral home with Fire Service chaplin, Pete Dawson, officiating. Burial will be in Mina Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Findley Lake Volunteer Fire Department or Hospice of Chautauqua County, 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750.