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Robert Wocking

Robert Wocking

Retired U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Robert J. Wocking, 74, of Trenton, Ill., formerly of New Baden, Ill., born July 7, 1939, in Chicago, Ill., died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.

Mr. Wocking was a tech sergeant for the United States Air Force for 18 years before retiring May 4, 1979. He was a member of St. George Parish in New Baden, the New Baden American Legion Post 321, and the VFW Post 3523 in Carlyle. He enjoyed playing bingo and cards.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lyman A. and Rose A., nee Marczynski, Wocking; brother, William Wocking; father-in-law, Clemens J. Jansen Sr.; and two brothers-in-law, Roger Dale Jansen and Robert Moffitt.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Ann, nee Jansen, Wocking, whom he married on Sept. 16, 1971, in New Baden; children, Robert C. (Ricca) Wocking who is currently serving in the United States Air Force in Rota, Spain, Julie (Michael) Foster of Aviston, and William (Tiffany) Wocking who is currently serving in the United States Army in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; six grandchildren, Taylor, Malachi, Riley, Mackenzie, Makayla, and Joseph; two step-grandchildren, Hiden and Jasmyn; sisters and brothers, Fran (Harvey) Heck of Marinette, Wis., Rose (Walt) Kozloski of De Pere, Wis., Laura (Carl) Polach of Marinette, Wis., John (Jeanine) Wocking of Zephyr Hills, Fla., Lyman (Cathy) Wocking Jr. of Cecil, Wis., Stella (Jim) Boyle of Menasha, Wis., and Frank Wocking of Marinette, Wis.; mother-in-law, Viola E. Jansen of New Baden; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Carol Moffit of New Baden, Clemens J. and Regina Jansen Jr. of DuQuoin, Connie and Andrew Collins of Chicho, Calif., and Kelly and Obie Farmer Sr. of New Baden.

Memorials may be made to the family and will be received at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hempenfuneralhome.com

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, and 8 to 9:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at Hempen Funeral Home in New Baden, Ill. The American Legion will visit the funeral home at 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Funeral: Funeral Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at St. George Catholic Church in New Baden with Rev. Gene Neff officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in New Baden, Ill.

HEMPEN FUNERAL HOME, New Baden, Ill.

Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Oct. 26, 2013
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