ROCHELLE – Floyd Andrew "Sonny" Bocklund, 82, of Rochelle, Ill., formerly of DeKalb, passed away peacefully Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, at Kishwaukee Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. |
Also known as "Stubby," he was born June 21, 1931, in DeKalb, the son of Carl and Eva (Listy) Bocklund. He was a 1948 graduate of DeKalb Township High School. He actively served with the 129th Infantry of the 44th Division of the United States Army from 1952-1953 in California.
Stubby was employed by Commonwealth Edison for 33 years. He started as a lineman, then became a crew leader. During his final years at ComEd, he was promoted to area foreman for Genoa, Marengo and Harvard, retiring in 1990.
He married the love of his life, Jo Nell Hayes, on Jan. 19, 1952. Stubby and JoNell lived in DeKalb until when they moved to Rochelle; both Stubby and JoNell were excited to have neighbors nearby for the first time. Stubby took great care of JoNell during her terminal bout with cancer in 1995-96. After JoNell's passing, the neighbors became like Stubby's family.
An outdoorsman to the core, Stubby was an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed camping with family and friends for more than 50 years.
He is survived by his children, Belinda (Ron) Taylor-Grimm of DeKalb, Brett (Helene) Bocklund of Battle Creek, Mich., and Brenda (Tommy) Damron of Port Hueneme, Calif.; grandchildren, Michael Poff, Melissa Rourke, Dylan Taylor, Brandon and Brian Bocklund, TJ Gilkerson, Andrew Damron and Stephanie Stollings; great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Kinnedy and Mason Poff, Cain Hillman, Lyla Grace, Conner Mintz and Emily Stollings; siblings, Beverly Morrison of California, Betty "Pete" Bernahl of Sycamore, Carl "Unk" (June) Bocklund of Cortland, Bobby (Edie) Bocklund of Monroe, Wis., and Dale (Bonita) Bocklund of Joplin, Mo.; countless nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews, cousins; and many great friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Eva; wife, Jo Nell, in 1996; son, Bryan; daughter, Betty Jo; sisters, Doris, Mildred, Julia and Janet; and brother, Arnold.
Immense gratitude goes to his neighbors and their children, whom Stubby called his grandkids, Marvin and Sheila Quinn and Morgan and Skyler, and Mike and Jeri Wethington and Cori and Amy. The family also thanks Stubby's wait staff and friends at The Sunrise and The Butterfly restaurants in Rochelle, and gives a special mention to his beloved dog, Pal.
The funeral service will be held at noon Monday, Dec. 30, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, with the Rev. Ray Krueger, Immanuel Lutheran Church, DeKalb, officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb, with full military honors by the DeKalb County Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, and from 11 a.m. to noon Monday at Anderson Funeral Home.
Memorials can be made to the Floyd Andrew Bocklund Memorial Fund, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.
For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call 815-756-1022.
Published in Daily Chronicle from Dec. 27 to Dec. 28, 2013