Eddie Bock was born April 6, 1929 in a small town Southeast of Scottsbluff, Nebraska. He was the son of George and Aggie Hoff. After his father died in an electrical accident Eddie and his two sisters were raised by their grandparents, Mollie and Conrad Hoff for about 6 years until his mom married his adoptive dad: Ewald C. Bock and moved the family to Longmont, Colorado. Eddie attended Central and Burlington Elementary schools and Longmont Jr. High School. Eddie played high school football and was part of the 1947 State Champion Track team of Longmont High School! In 1947 Eddie graduated from Longmont High School. Eddie married Betty Jane Gomer in 1949, and loved her and laughed with her until her death in 1986. He married Charlene in 1993 and worked, loved and laughed with her until his death. Eddie loved Longmont and was an active member of the community. He worked at Les's Bakery, Elmer Boal's Longmont Produce and the Longmont Candy Kitchen. He owned The Rolling Pin Pastry, worked construction jobs and considered himself a jack-of-all-trades! Eddie was very involved in the National Order of the Moose, he was proud of his "Charter Card #3" and his role in starting the Longmont Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Moose. He was a Life Member of Moose Lodge 1548, and held many positions with the organization including serving three terms as Governor, Fellowship Degree and Pilgrim Degree; the highest honor of the Moose Fraternity. Eddie spent time as a National Rep. and as State Director of the Loyal Order of the Moose. Eddie was also involved and retained life memberships to the Eagles Lodge, Elks Lodge 1055 and was an honorary life member of the Longmont V.F.W. After his retirement in 1985 Eddie liked to fish and work in his shop with his brother-in-law and good friend Roy Gwin. He loved to talk and reminisce and share stories with friends and family. Eddie loved to cook and share his specialties: German dishes, and cabbage burgers, which he made by the hundreds! Eddie may be best known for his love of catering and helping people in general: he learned cooking, baking and catering at his mom's side and put his skills to great use providing services for hundreds of parties for a multitude of occasions in and around Longmont. He loved to cook and coordinate parties with the help of first his mom and Betty, and later with the help of his wife Charlene, his niece Diana and his daughter and son-in-law Veronica and Rick. Longmont lost one of its greatest supporters and heaven gained one chatty angel when Eddie graduated to heaven on January 23, 2014. Eddie was preceded in death by his parents, Aggie, George and Ewald, his wife Betty, his sister Eldora Hoff Reed, brothers-in law Roy Gwin and Buzz Pearson and his grandson Michael Lynch. Eddie is survived by his wife Charlene of Longmont, siblings Elma Gwin, David (Berta) Bock and Janet Pearson, his children Connie (Fred) Foss, Cheryl (Dan) Carruth, George Bock, Paula Barela, Veronica (Rick) Vigil, Raelene (Angelo) Alvarez and Kenneth (Katie) Barela, grandchildren Laurie, Lin, Jason, Raymond, Joella, Vincent, Adrian, Talia, Alicia, Tessa, Riley, Raena, Molly, Gracie and Maggie along with numerous great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter. Visitation 5:00-7:00pm, Monday, January 27 at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel with the family present. Funeral service 1:30pm, Tuesday, January 28 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church. Interment at Longmont Mountain View Cemetery. Visit www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com to share condolences.
Published in Longmont Times-Call on Jan. 26, 2014