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    - Sandra Stone
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  • "Thank you for your service. Rest in peace."
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EDWARD C. BOCK JR. Edward C. Bock Jr. (January 8th, 1935 - May 27th, 2016) passed away peacefully with his children by his side after a three year battle with dementia and partial immobilization brought on by several strokes. During his life he cheated death many times with numerous accidents, heart attacks, an open heart surgery, a broken back and both legs broken at the same time. He was a very hard worker; the last 30 plus years as a brakeman then a conductor for Burlington-Northern-Santa Fe Railroad. Work was always his highest priority but he did not take to "status-climbing". He was not a company man or a union man; he was his own man. Yet, he still managed to make a great career for himself and retire in peace. Eddie also played very hard. He flew ultralights in his 60's to fulfill a lifelong dream of being a pilot. He rode motorcycles most of his life. He skied with his son and could not pass up any opportunity to race anything that he happened to be driving at the time. He loved to go honky-tonkin', drinking and dancing at any tavern or bar that had live music and ladies. Of all things he was an avid Pac-Man player as he could go for an hour on a quarter. We never saw him lose to anyone. Many who knew him would probably be surprised to hear what a loving and devoted father he was. His unconditional love will never be forgotten by his children Julie Ann Bock and Edward Joel Bock. He was a different kind of person who did not live a conventional lifestyle. He was a self-made man who was more than happy to tell you what he thought. He leaves behind a very small family besides his children, daughter-in-law Theresa Bock, nephew Brian Wurtz, nieces Brenda Davis and Carrie Bratton along with cousin and friend Jerry Walton. He lost his father (Edward C. Bock Sr.) and nephew (Cal Davis) earlier in life and later in life his loving mother Jessie McKinney and very close sister Jeanette Wurtz. Our Man in Black's mind and body are finally at rest. He is now together with his family patiently awaiting the arrival of his children to be by his side. Anyone who knew him is welcome to come and celebrate his life with us on Saturday June 18th at 2:00PM at The Washington State Veterans Cemetery, 21702 W. Espanola Road, Medical Lake, WA.
Published in Tri-City Herald on June 14, 2016