Harold Bockler

WASHINGTON - Harold Bockler, 92, formerly of Washington, Ill., passed away at 9:05 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, in Fort Myers, Fla.

He was born on Nov. 23, 1920, in Woodford County, Ill., to Teresa and William J. Bockler. Harold married his wife, Ann, of 67 years in 1942 in Peoria, Ill.

During World War II, Mr. Bockler served in the U.S. Coast Guard in San Francisco, monitoring entrances and exits from San Francisco Bay.

After serving our country, Harold and Ann returned to Washington, Ill., where he established Bockler Excavating. He worked and continued building this business for the next 30 years. While still running Bockler Excavating, Harold helped to establish Metamora Industries in Metamora, Ill. Shortly after moving to Fort Myers, Fla., he began work at S.L. Page as a special projects coordinator. For the next 20 years he assisted at S.L. Page and donated his time at the Nations Association in Fort Myers.

Most of his time was spent with his family, both in Illinois and in Florida. He and his wife, Ann, delighted most in this.

Harold was an avid fisherman and enjoyed his many trips to Canada and Minnesota fishing for walleye. One of his most memorable trips was a fishing trip to Alaska, where he was able to return with lots of halibut and salmon to share with friends and family. He was a remarkable man who lived life to the fullest, always taking the opportunity to help anyone in need.

Harold's legacy lives on through one son, Roger (Jan) Bockler of Washington, Ill.; one daughter, Rojene A. Page of Fort Myers, Fla.; three grandchildren, Angela (Joseph) Olson of Elkhart, Ill., Brian (Tina) Bockler of Ladera Ranch, Calif., and Jamaisa A. Page of Fort Myers, Fla.; and seven great-grandchildren, Margaret Olson, Elijah Olson and Chloe Olson of Elkhart, Ill., and Ethan Bockler, Stefan Bockler, Brayden Bockler and Bryce Bockler, all of Ladera Ranch, Calif.

A celebration of life will be held in Washington at the Denhart Washington Room, 109 Washington Square on Saturday, March 23, 2013, from 1 to 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice.

Family and friends may sign the guest register or leave a condolence message by visiting www.dignifiedcremations.com.

Published in Peoria Journal Star on Mar. 10, 2013