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Ralph Strock

1918 - 2016 Notice Condolences
Ralph Strock Notice

Ralph Lawrence Strock of North Andover, MA, formerly of Towson, MD, on May 21, 2015, at the age of 96. Mr. Strock was born on December 24, 1918 in Cumberland County, PA. He was one of 9 children, including his identical twin Robert Lee Strock, born to G. Weir Strock and Rhoda (nee Enck) Strock. He was raised on the family dairy farm in Mechanicsburg, PA and was graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1940 with a B.S. in Dairy Science. As an undergraduate, he was selected to receive the William P. Danforth Fellowship, awarded annually to one outstanding agricultural student in each of the land grant colleges and universities. He also received an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois. In December 1942, he reported for duty at the United Stated Naval Reserve Midshipman School. Following training he served in the South Pacific, and was honorably discharged in May 1946 holding the rank of Lieutenant D-V (G). Mr. Strock worked as an economist and later General Manager of Maryland Cooperative Milk Producers in Baltimore. When that entity merged with Dairyman, Inc., a regional dairy cooperative, Mr. Strock served as Division Manager of the Middle Atlantic Division until his retirement in 1983. In 1992 he went back to work as CEO of the Middle Atlantic Milk Marketing Association, a milk and dairy product promotional agency serving Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. He retired in 1998 at the age of 80 after 52 years of service to the dairy industry. In his retirement Mr. Strock enjoyed discussing national politics and world affairs and playing chess and scrabble. He was an active member of Brown Memorial Church at Woodbrook, and a longtime fan of Penn State football. Mr. Strock is pre-deceased by his wife, the former Martha Elizabeth DeWeese, and survived by four children, Elizabeth M. Strock and her husband Frank M. Capezzera of Newton, MA; Barbara D. Strock and her husband William J. Cody of Dunwoody, GA; Nancy P. Strock of Medford, MA; and John L. Strock and his wife Mary Lawton Strock of Encinitas, CA. In addition, he leaves 6 grandchildren - Anna Capezzera of Los Angeles, CA; Nicholas Capezzera of Brooklyn, NY; Ellen Staton and her husband Patrick Staton of Bellevue, WA; Hannah Cody of Durham, NC; Sarah Strock of Encinitas, CA; and Thomas Strock of Encinitas, CA. He also is survived by a sister, Mary Rook, of Newville, PA; a brother, Paul Strock and his wife Lorraine, of Mechanicsburg, PA; brother-in-law Clyde McMillen of Loysville, PA; sister-in-law Mabel Strock of Mechanicsburg, PA; and many nieces and nephews. His sisters Martha McMillen and Anna Strock and brothers George, Robert, Clair, and Clyde Strock preceded him in death. A memorial service in celebration of his life will be held at 11 AM on June 17, 2016 at First United Methodist Church, 135 West Simpson Street, Mechanicsburg, PA. Visitation will be held from 10 AM until the time of service. Burial will be held at Chestnut Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Ralph L. Strock can be made to the College of Agricultural Sciences General Scholarship fund at Penn State. Checks made payable to: Penn State University, with "SCAGE" in the memo, mailed to: College of Ag Sciences, Office of Development, 240 Ag Administration Bldg., University Park, PA 16802. www.malpezzifuneralhome.com
Published in Baltimore Sun on June 10, 2016
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