Ronald Marcel Bock was born March 3, 1932, in Merrill, the son of Clarence and Irene (Marx) Bock. He attended Hinton High School, graduating in 1951. Following high school, Ronald "Corky" began his 43-year career with Plymouth County. He started as a maintainer operator on secondary roads and was later promoted to superintendent of secondary roads.
On Oct. 14, 1956, Ronald and Dorothy Hughes were united in marriage at Vermillion, S.D. The couple made their home in Merrill. He and Dorothy moved to Le Mars in 1979. Ronald retired from Plymouth County in 1994.
He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Merrill, where he had served on church council. He also served on the Merrill City Council.
Ron and Dorothy enjoyed spending winters in Punta Gordo, Fla., and Mission, Texas.
He enjoyed fishing and woodworking. Ron built dollhouses for his granddaughters and barns for his grandsons. He also repaired numerous bicycles for anyone that needed help.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 54 years, Dorothy of Le Mars; his children and their spouses, Stanley and Candace Bock of Sioux City, Ronda and Tom Armstrong of Abilene, Texas, Gordon and Tammy Bock of Le Mars, and David and Julie Bock of West Jordan, Utah; 11 grandchildren Amy and Andrew Bock, Ryan and Brandi Olson, Rick Olson, Dori Armstrong, Randy and Amber Bock, Sarah Bock, Danielle Bock, Mindy Bock, Ashlee Audis and Autumn Lauritsen; eight great-grandchildren, Paige and Payton Olson, Reese, Brenna and Brooklyn Bock, Connor Bock, Lilly Mae Bock and Cambria Audis; a brother and his wife, Merlin and Donna Bock of Tracy, Minn.; a sister-in-law, LaDonne Bock of Eau Claire, Wis.; and a brother-in-law, Everett Bollmeyer of Hinton, IA.
He was preceded in death by his parents and their spouses, Clarence and Ida Bock and Irene and Frank Markovich; a great-granddaughter Makayla Bock; a sister Betty Bollmeyer; and a brother Kenneth Bock.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. today (Monday) at St. John Lutheran Church in Merrill. The Rev. Sarah and Diaconal Minister Joel Nye will officiate. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Merrill. Visitation was after 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home of Le Mars, with the family present from 5-8 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral on Monday.
Stories, memories and expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.