Charles "Chuck" Bockenstette, M.D.
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May 16, 1937 - July 11, 2013
Dr. Charles "Chuck" Bockenstette M.D. lost his battle with cancer on July 11, 2013 after a courageous battle of fourteen years. He died surrounded by his boys and Judy at home.
Born Charles Paul Bockenstette to Ralph and Mary Kohrman Bockenstette on May 16 1937 in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was known as Charlie to his parents, sister and brothers. He was educated at Holy Family Grade School, St. Xavier High School, Xavier University, and the University of Cincinnati Medical School.
In August of 1958, while working as a surgical technician in the operating room at Good Samaritan Hospital, he met a student nurse named Judy Frank who would become his wife two years later after she graduated from nurses training. They married on August 27 1960 in Judy's hometown, Connersville Indiana. In May of 1960, Charles Jr., the first of four boys was born. Jim was born in November of 1962, followed by Mark who was born in September of 1966 in Amarillo, Texas. Brian was born in Cincinnati in April of 1969.
After graduating from Medical School in 1963, Chuck began his residency at Good Samaritan hospital in Cincinnati. His training was interrupted by a call to duty as a Flight Surgeon in the US Air Force at Amarillo AFB in Texas. In 1968, he resumed his urology residency at Good Samaritan Hospital. After completing his residency, the family moved to Nampa in 1970. Chuck began his practice at the Idaho Urology Clinic in Nampa. He opened a clinic in Ontario, where he saw patients two evenings each week. Chuck was a Member of St. Paul's Catholic Church. He was active in many Community organizations including the Lions Club, Nampa Kiwanis Club, and The Nampa Chamber of Commerce. He served a term as president of the Chamber from 1995 to 1996. He was a member of the American Urological Association and The Western Section of the Urological Association.
Dad enjoyed outdoor activities, learning to ski with Judy at Bogus Basin and then teaching his boys to ski. The family enjoyed skiing with numerous family friends, including many winter vacations to McCall's Brundage Mountain. Dad enjoyed golfing at Broadmore Country Club and continued to play into his retirement. Dad taught the boys hunting and gun safety. He especially enjoyed pheasant hunting over his Brittany Spaniels. Dad was an excellent cook and loved keeping traditional family recipes as part of family dinners. Dad also had an artistic side. In his college years he did several oil paintings. He started classes at Boise State in pottery in the late 1970's and continued throwing pots, bowls and platters in his garage studio and at the Pottery shop in Casa Grande. Dad was a master gardener and enjoyed working in his yard and gardens after retirement.
In 1998 he was diagnosed with cancer in his neck and head. He was cured of the cancer but forced to retire because of side effects from the radiation treatment. In retirement, He and Judy purchased their first motorhome. They traveled extensively in the US and Canada and spent the winters in Casa Grande Arizona. At the Palm Creek RV and Golf Resort they met may new friends from the US, Canada, and England. At the resort, he spent many hours in the pottery lab working on his own pieces and teaching new members to throw on the wheel.
In January of this year he suffered with a complicated fracture of his lower leg. During this time he endured many complications but completed his rehabilitation in May. Upon returning to Nampa his health started to decline with the return of prostate cancer. He died from many complications, but never gave up the fight.
Charles is survived by Judy his wife of 53 years and sons Charles Jr. and wife Jami, grandson Joe, stepgraddaughter Chelsea Seburn and great Granddaughter Emma, James and wife Kris, Mark and wife Andrea and Brian and wife Tu-Anh and grandsons Cody and Tyler. His also survived by his siblings Barbara Halloran of Charleston SC, David Bockenstette of Belen NM, Mark and Mary Kay Bockenstette of Danbridge TN and Eric and Anita Bockenstette of Las Vegas NV.
The family would like to thank Dr Rick Roberts, Dr Darrell Kammer, Dr. Bill Watkins, Dr Tom Donndelinger, Dr. Jon Swerdloff and Dr. Robert Amato at the University of Texas, Houston. We also thank the staff of the previously mentioned physicians as well as MSTI, Nampa and St. Lukes Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to St. Paul's Building on Faith Foundation, or your favorite hospice or charity.
Charlie, Chuck, Doc, Dad, Pops, Poppi, you touched the lives of so many people and will be greatly missed by so many. We love you.
A recitation of the Rosary with a memorial celebration will be held at 7:00 P.M. Monday, July 15, 2013 at the Nampa Funeral Home, Yraguen Chapel. Viewing will precede the rosary from 4:00 to 7:00. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Nampa. An online guest book may be signed at www.nampafuneralhome.com
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on July 14, 2013
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