SHERMAN - Kenneth E. Brock passed away peacefully on Wednesday May 28th, 2014 in Sherman, Texas.|
Kenneth was born in Bailey, Texas in 1919 to Joseph and Clara (Oates) Brock. He grew up in Fannin County going to the 3-P school (3rd Precinct) where, during the depression, he made extra money for the family by lighting the heating stoves for the school. He also played for the winning basketball team while in high school.
After high school and while attending East Texas State Univ. in Commerce and taking agricultural courses, Kenneth farmed with his parents on their north Bailey farm. In Sept. 1942 he enlisted in the Army Air Corp but prior to leaving for the war in Europe he married Mary Evelyn Reeves on April 12, 1943.
Kenneth served in England with the 8th Air Force and the 401st bomber group on a B-17 Flying Fortress. He later served in France with the 9th Air Force and 387th bomber group on a B-26 Invader. He returned home after 34 missions on January 22, 1945 with the rank of Staff Stg. He was awarded 4 bronze stars and Air Offense-Europe Campaigns, Air and Good Conduct Medals.
After WWII Kenneth continued taking agricultural courses and in the early 1950s he was awarded Farmer of the Year in Bonham. Kenneth was also very active in the Bailey Baptist Church and the Bailey community. He later was employed at Perrin Air Force base and moved to Denison and attended Calvary Baptist Church. He worked as an aircraft mechanic until Perrin closed in 1971. Kenneth and his family then moved to Corpus Christi where he repaired helicopters for the US Army until his retirement in 1987. Kenneth and Mary returned to the Denison area in 2005. In his retirement he continued to enjoy fishing.
Kenneth is survived by his wife of 71 years, Mary Brock of Sherman, his sister Audra Brock of Bonham, daughter Vickie Watson of Denison and son Dennis Keith Brock (JoEllen) of Sherman. Grandchildren include Gabe (Theresa) Waldrep of Houston, Lauren (Ryan) Coffee of McKinney, Ian Watson of Baton Rouge, La., Michelle (Chris) Sabo of Mesa, Ariz., Joe (Beth) Cascante of Mesa, Ariz., seven great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
Kenneth was preceded in death by two sisters and four brothers.
A private interment of Kenneth's remains will be held at a later date. Interment will be held at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.
Personal condolences may be sent to www.bratcherfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Herald Democrat from June 1 to June 2, 2014