DUNLAP - Charles M. "Chuck" Rock, 59, of Dunlap, Ill., passed away and departed this world for heaven on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, with his beloved family by his side.
For 17 months, he bravely fought colon cancer and inspired all with his optimism and courage.
Chuck was born on Sept. 18, 1954, in Peoria, Ill., to Charles Myron and Doris (Miller) Rock. He married Diane Baker on July 18, 1992, in Peoria. Chuck and Diane's passionate commitment to one another was marked by 21 years of weekly date nights.
Surviving are his wife, Diane, and two sons, Brian, 16, and Jason Rock, 14; his parents, Charles and Doris of Peoria; one brother, Jeff (Julie) Rock of Dunlap; and nephews and niece, Ben, Adam and Rachel Rock.
Chuck graduated from Richwoods High School in 1972, the University of Illinois, Bachelor of Science in finance, in 1976, and Washington University School of Law, Juris Doctorate, in 1980. After several years of being a sole practitioner, Chuck with his brother Jeff Rock and Eric Hasselberg formed Hasselberg & Rock in 1991. At the time of his passing, he was a partner in Hasselberg, Rock, Bell and Kuppler. He was selected as a "Leading Lawyer" by his peers, an honor bestowed on fewer than five percent of Illinois attorneys.
The roles of husband and father were the ones Chuck held most dear and he spent his time accordingly. It gave him great joy to coach his sons' Peoria Park District soccer teams. His role as scoutmaster at Peoria Academy resulted in record participation in campouts, Pinewood Derbys and meetings. Chuck was a member of Northwoods Community Church in Peoria and was a teacher in the children's ministry. He enjoyed snow skiing, scuba diving and traveling.
Cremation has been accorded. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in the new chapel at Northwoods Community Church. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, in the chapel at Northwoods Community Church, with the Rev. Calvin Rychener officiating. Henderson Funeral Home & Crematory in Pekin has been entrusted with Chuck's arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Illinois CancerCare, 8940 Wood Sage Road, Peoria, IL 61615, or the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, 8630 N. Route 91 Peoria, IL 61615.
To view Chuck's memorial page or to leave an online condolence, go to www.hendersonfuneralcare.com.
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