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Clarence L. Kock

Monday, August 8, 2011

Clarence L. Kock, 87, of Le Mars, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, at his home.

Clarence Leon Kock was born Feb. 19, 1924, in Le Mars, the son of Ulrich and Anna (Lubben) Kock. He was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars.

Clarence was raised on a farm in Elgin Township, Plymouth County, and attended Elgin #9 Country school.

Clarence worked on the family farm until 1942 when he went to work for his brother, Gerhard on his farm until 1945.

On Oct. 17, 1945, he was drafted into the United States Army Air Corps. He served his country for 18 months, stationed in Japan at Tachikawa Army airbase. He was honorably discharged Oct. 4, 1947, after attaining the rank of staff sergeant. After returning from the service, Clarence worked several jobs in Le Mars.

Clarence was united in marriage to Gladys Steinfadt Dec.18, 1948, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars.

In 1956, he started with the United States Postal Service. He worked in the Sioux City Post Office as a clerk until his retirement Jan. 3, 1985.

Clarence was a lifelong member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars.

Through the years, he enjoyed bowling, golfing, and going to McDonald's to visit with friends.

He and Gladys enjoyed square dancing and were members of the "Country Cousins" square dancing club in Le Mars for many years.

But most of all, he loved the times spent with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife of more than 62 years, Gladys of Le Mars; two daughters: Diane Widick (Bill) of Clear Lake, and their children: Shane Grego (Kristen), and their children, Lauren and Brooke, Kaci Brim (Peter) and their children, Angelina, Lucas, and Grace, and Amber Schumacher (BJ) and their children, Payton and Jesse; and Connie De Koter (Dean) of Carlisle, and their children: Trent De Koter (Tracy) and their children, Jordan, Logan, and Caden, and Kara De Koter and her daughter, Jaeda; a son-in-law: Dr. James Powell of Sioux Falls, S.D., and his children: Julie Hurt (Dale) and their children, Madeline and Danielle, Adam Powell (Wendy) and their children, Jake and Cali, Alyson Palladino (Darren), and Michael Powell (Ashley); two sisters: Marie Janssen of Willmar, Minn., and Margaret Pecks of Le Mars; a sister-in-law: Ilse Nagel of Huntsville, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Barbara (Kock) Powell; a great-grandson, Ethan De Koter; his parents, Ulrich and Anna Kock; a sister: Irene Lee; three brothers: Gerhard, Harm, and John; his brothers-in-law: Bernard Pecks, William Janssen, George Lee, George Moritz, and Harold Steinfadt; his sisters-in-law: Katherine Kock, Nora Kock, and Joyce Moritz; his father and mother-in-law: Herman and Dora Steinfadt; and two nieces: Betty Fisher and Rosemary Johnson.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. today (Monday) at St. John's Lutheran Church, E.L.C.A. with the Rev. Gary Landsness officiating. Interment with military honors provided by the Wasmer American Legion Post #241 of Le Mars was at Memorial Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitations was from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with a prayer service at 4 p.m. Visitation continued Monday morning at the church from 9:30 a.m. until service time.

Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.

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