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Lyman Edward Rock made his transition on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 at home, surrounded by loving family and friends. He succumbed after a lengthy illness.

Lyman (Ed) Edward Rock was born in New York City on Nov. 6, 1932. He spent his formative years in Montclair, N.J. He left home at the age of 16 and later, at age 17, joined the Air Force. He served a total of 27 years. As a young Airman, he served in the Korean war.

After completing his Bachelor's degree, he was recruited for Officer's Training School in San Antonio, Texas and finished as a 2nd Lieutenant. He served 10 years as a personnel officer and retired from Davis Monthan AFB as a Captain, having completed his Master's Degree.

Following his retirement from the Air Force, he was selected as a Presidential Management Intern and served 10 years as a Management Analyst for the U.S. Army. Achieving the Civil Service rank of GM 13, he served in various locations including Fort Huachuca, AZ; Washington, D.C. and Pasadena, CA.

Following his military and civil service careers, Ed embarked upon a third career as Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. He worked for several nursing home chains, the last being The Evangelical Lutheran Society. He retired permanently in 2006.

After many years of traveling and settling in various locations, he and Bobbi, his wife of 41 years, decided to settle in Green Valley as their permanent residence.

Ed is survived by his loving wife, Bobbi; his daughter Hillary Rock and grandson Mitchell Stewart Rock of Houston, TX; his daughter Jill Rock of Houston, TX; niece Stephanie Hunley (Lamonte) of Tucson, AZ; great-nieces Kendra and Devyn Hunley of Tucson, AZ; nephew Douglas Greene (Charda) of Arlington, TX; great-nieces Taylor, Sidney, and grand-nephew Chase of Arlington, TX; nephew Christopher Greene of Tucson, AZ; his first wife Linda Walker; and a host of family and friends.

In lieu of a formal memorial service, Ed requested cremation and his ashes will be placed in the Pacific Ocean at a later date. A special acknowledgement is extended to the staff at Heartland Hospice Green Valley for their compassionate, caring, and professional services provided during Ed's illness and eventual transition.

Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Oct. 2, 2013
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