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Wilton Bock

August 26, 1931 — April 25, 2014

Wilton Bock

Funeral Service for Wilton "Willie" Bock, age 82, of Wheaton, Minnesota will be held Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Wheaton with Rev. Michael Breach officiating. Urn Bearers will be Kaitlyn Bock, Addison Bock, Kiara Bock, Amy Churchill and Janis Cook. Honorary Urn Bearers will be Julie Straw, Wally and Pauline Johnson, Tony and Joey Walthall, the morning coffee guys, Traverse County Courthouse retiree's and the Wheaton High School Class of 1949. Inurnment will be in St. John Lutheran Cemetery, rural Wheaton. Military Rites will be provided by the Merton Dale American Legion Post 80 and the VFW Post 5909. Visitation will be at St. John Lutheran Church Tuesday evening, April 29th from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. Prayer Service. Visitation will continue Wednesday morning from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church. Wilton "Willie" Bock was born August 26, 1931 in Wheaton, Minnesota to Walter and Esther (Froehlich) Bock. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Wheaton. He attended school in Wheaton participating in many sports and the school play, graduating in 1949. He started working at Powers Produce until "Uncle Sam" needed him for service in the Army. He was in the Tank Corp and was eventually sent to Korea in 1953 to defend our country. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and was a Tank Commander. For his service he received the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and United Nations Service Medal. Before going to Korea he married Barbara Churchill on January 6, 1953 at Ave Maria parish house in Wheaton. After returning from Korea in 1954 he worked for his dad at Bock Produce. Willie also worked for Scheels Hardware and started work as janitor for Traverse County Courthouse. He retired in 1992 after thirty years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed hunting with his "Honker Bay Goose Camp" buddies. The highlight of his retired years was going to early morning coffee with his buddies and shaking dice for quarters. He was active in the VFW, American Legion, Traverse Sportsmen Club, Graceville Gun Club, was a Firearm Safety Instructor for young people and bowled on a couple of teams. He was a member of the Wheaton Fire Department. Willie was given a plaque for being active in the Sportmens Club for many years. He loved spending time with his sons and his three granddaughters. They brought much joy to his life. Willie passed away April 25, 2014 at the Traverse Care Center in Wheaton. Willie is survived by his wife Barbara of Wheaton; two sons: John (Shannon) Bock of Fargo, North Dakota and Tom Bock of Carlos, Minnesota; three granddaughters: Kaitlyn, Kiara and Addison Bock of Fargo; two brothers: LeMoyne Bock and Gordon (Ruth) Bock both of Wheaton; sister Karen Kenney of San Diego, California; sister-in laws: Joyce Bock of St. Paul, Minnesota; Janet (Dale) Ellison of Alexandria, Minnesota; Peg (Jim) Oachs of Herman, Minnesota; Diane (Jim) Dickinson of Lakeville, Minnesota; and Debra (Marlyn) Riley of Elbow Lake, Minnesota; two brother-in-laws: Stan (Connie) Churchill of Wheaton and Richard (Dianne) Churchill of Greenbush, Minnesota; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Willie was preceded in death by his parents, brother Kenneth Bock, sister-in-laws: Joan Krauth and June Bock; brother-in-laws: Jim Churchill and Bernard Krauth; and nephews Duane Bock and Ryan Riley.

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St. John Lutheran Church
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    Wheaton, MN 56296

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St. John Lutheran Church
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    Wheaton, MN 56296
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