CHOCK, CMSGT, USAF (Ret.), Alfred Wendelin|
Chief Master Sergeant (Ret.) Alfred W. Chock, 81, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Friday, October 25, 2013 in Austin, Texas. Al or "Wendy" as he was known to his family was the loving husband of Jennie Rose (Loa) Chock for 58 years. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on June 16, 1932 to Alfred F. Chock and Nani M. Ah Sing Chock.
Al grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii. As a young man, he enjoyed body surfing, spear fishing and baseball. He played baseball for Maryknoll High School and later played baseball and softball in industrial leagues, and for US Air Force traveling teams. He coached the USAF TAC western regional softball team that toured Mexico.
Al was particularly proud of his service in the United States military in 28 years of active duty and in retirement. A veteran of the Korean conflict, he was a medic and scrub nurse who served in the 8076th MASH, earning an Army commendation medal for outstanding service. Later, he joined the U.S. Air Force where he served as a medic, surgical chief, and enlisted wing advisor in California, Missouri, Libya, Taiwan and Texas. During this time, he earned two USAF commendation medals, one of which was for extraordinary lifesaving services, as well as the Meritorious Service Medal, campaign awards and marksman's medals. Upon leaving the Air Force in 1980, he served in surgical administrative positions in hospitals in Lubbock and Dallas, before retiring in 1990. He also earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Wayland Baptist University in 1988.
Al and Rose moved to Austin from Lubbock in 1996 to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Al, a passionate golfer, served terms as President and Vice President of the Austin Senior Golf Association, was elected a Lifetime Member, and served as a Marshall at local PGA events. He loved to fish the lakes around Austin and the coast of Padre Island. He and Rose enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, and loved attending the multitude of athletic events, plays and music concerts of their grandchildren.
Al was predeceased by his parents and his youngest brother, Capt. Linus (Lee) G. K. Chock, USA, who died in Vietnam. He is survived by his beloved wife, Rose, daughter Kim and her husband and his golf and gym partner Dave Mathias, of Austin, daughter Laurie and husband Steve Beu, of Austin, son Brian and his wife Bobbi, of Santa Rosa, CA, son Alfred and his wife Bonnie Mason of Hampstead, NH, son Kevin and his wife Terry of Austin, son Gerald and his wife Tammi of Lubbock, former daughter-in-law Jo Ann Chock of Huntington Beach, CA, and former son-in-law Ron Hanson of Austin. He leaves treasured grandchildren Maj. Kelii Chock, USAF, and his wife Colleen, Sherrie Hanson, Karissa and her husband Gera Yeremin, Jonathan Hanson and his wife Alex, Kalen Chock, Lisa Chock (to whom he has entrusted his fantasy football team, the Kahunas), Stephen Chock, Alfred M. Chock, Jared Beu, Alani Chock, Erica Chock, Lee Chock, Isaac Beu, Ava Pacino Warren, Katy Pacino Smart, Noah Chock, Izaya Chock and Zoe Chock; and five great grandchildren. He is survived by his brother and sisters, Audrey Swiderek of Sacramento, CA, Antonella (Tiny) Bennett and her husband Joe of Pasadena, CA, Germaine (Geri) Mendoza and her husband Ray of Los Angeles, CA, Rodney (Bully) Chock and his wife Luz, Honolulu, HI, his nephew Patrick Minyard, and many other nieces and nephews.
He leaves behind countless friends, a multitude throughout the world that he touched with his service, friendship and kindness.
The family will receive friends at 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home with funeral services immediately following at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mr. Chock to the Disabled Veterans at www.dav.org or the Wounded Warriors Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Condolences may be made at www.cookwaldenforestoaks.com.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Oct. 29 to Oct. 30, 2013