William Burdette Lock, 94, of Penrose, passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 26, 2013, at the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home in Florence. Mr. Lock was born January 10, 1919, to Harvey and Mabel Lock in Vilas (Springfield), Colorado.
Mr. Lock was raised in Colorado but spent time around the country and around the world during his military service during WWII. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in January 1941 and flew 24 missions in B-17s over German occupied Europe until his plane was shot down over Holland on January 11, 1944. He spent 72 days MIA while the underground worked to get him back to England. Upon his return to America he married Pauline Walt on April 19, 1944. Mr. Lock was then a pilot instructor on both B-17 and B-29 airplanes until he left the military in 1951. He also started several businesses with his brothers Paul and Luther including Lock and Lock Feed and Fuel in Penrose and Lock and Lock Custom Harvesters who harvested wheat every year from Texas to Canada.
He was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses on May 10, 1952, and was a longtime member of the Cañon City and Skyline congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses. He always loved airplanes, hot rods, building things small and large, camping, photography, reading Westerns, and especially his kitty cats.
Mr. Lock is survived by his sister, Oletta (Ralph) Ashcraft -Schwabe of Pueblo; son, Gary (Gina) of Show Low, AZ; daughter-in-law, Lynda (Dennis), of Cañon City; grandchildren Gary (Chris) Lock of Oak Harbor, WA; Greg (Penny) Lock of Estonia, CT; Jeff (Angie) Lock of Springfield, VA; Paul (Lauri) Lock of Queen Creek, AZ; Tiffany (Justin) Johnson, and Eric Lock both of Mesa, AZ; Mysia (Rick) Wolfe of Cañon City, Serena (Rick) Love of Durango, and Justin (Tawnya) Alarid of Olney Springs, CO. He also leaves behind 20 great grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and countless friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Vernice, Paul, Elsie, Luther, and Irene; children, Ronnie, Janice, and Dennis; and his granddaughter, Tawnya Alarid.
A memorial service and meal will be at 3 p.m., Saturday, February 2, 2013, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 1314 South Ninth Street in Cañon City.
Arrangements were handled through Funeral and Cremation Care of Colorado.