OSCAR D. BOCK
Sept. 30, 1913 - March 18, 2007
SOUTH BEND - Oscar Dane Bock, 93, of El Paso, Texas, formerly of South Bend, was called home by our Lord on March 18, 2007. He was born in Kempton, Indiana, on September 30, 1913, to John Henry and Edna Ethel (Rayl) Bock. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, William Maurice Bock.
On November 2, 1935, in West Lafayette, Indiana, he married the former Helen Aileen Clement, who survives. The couple celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2005. He was the loving father of Nancy J. (George) Badgero of Granger, Indiana, John H. (Patricia) Bock of El Paso, Texas, Susan J. Bock of Cincinnati, Ohio, and James A. (Linda) Bock of Loveland, Ohio. Also surviving are 14 loving and wonderful grandchildren, Dane (Kim) Badgero, Kirk (Donna) Badgero, Tony (Lana) Bock, Joe (Kristen) Bock, Kimberly (Robert) Bock, Shelly (Dave) Dallich, Michael (Maria) Bock, Rachel Bock, Ginger Bock, Adam (Michelle) Bock, Amanda (Bart) Blair and Robyn (Joe) Olivo, Kelly (Sean) Peel and Kevin Fleming. He leaves 28 great-grandchildren, Jennifer, Heather, Dominic, Elizabeth, Jessica, Dominic, Dreanna, Jonah, Lauren, Brandon, Caleb, Ahmad, Noah, Joshua, Jacob, Gabriel, Karis, Joey, Sofia, Mattison, Aiden, Nicholas, Kevin, Kristen, David, Julie, Jay and Austin. Mr. Bock also leaves three great-great-granddaughters, Camryn Nicole, Mikylah Jeanne and Danielle Elizabeth, and one great-great-grandson, Alex Michael.
Oscar was a graduate of Central High School in South Bend, Indiana, in 1932.
As a young adult he was the Master Councilor in the Order of the Demolay in South Bend and later became a Mason. He attended Purdue University where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He worked for GMAC before settling with his family in South Bend to work for the Studebaker Corporation. He was the assistant to the president of the export department at Studebaker. In 1962 he began his own export/import company, Global Traders, Inc. His wife, Helen, served as vice president for the company. While in South Bend, he was an active member of the Sunnyside Presbyterian Church and served as a deacon. In 1973 Mr. Bock relocated his company to Wilmington, Ohio. He and Mrs. Bock traveled extensively throughout the world and had numerous good acquaintances in many countries. In Wilmington, Mr. Bock was an active member of the Wilmington Presbyterian Church.
He and his wife retired to El Paso, Texas, in 1982, where they have had an active life until recently. They have resided at White Acres Retirement Community since 1996. Oscar was incredibly devoted to his business and his family. His happiest moments were spent with family. He enjoyed studying and discussing investments and watching his favorite video tapes. He was affectionately known as "The Chief" by his family.
The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2007, with Pastor Kim Bloom officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service in the Bubb Funeral Chapel, 3910 N. Main St., Mishawaka, IN. Entombment is to follow the service at Fairview Cemetery in Mishawaka, IN. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sunnyside Presbyterian Church, 115 Frances St., South Bend, IN 46617.
Published by South Bend Tribune on Mar. 22, 2007.