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Howard Bock, 93, of Fulton entered into eternal rest, Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at the Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital in Columbia. Howard was very appreciative, as is the family, of the care and consideration that he received at the Veteran’s Hospital over the last decades but specifically during his final days. A funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at Heartland, 616 Jackson St., Columbia, MO 65203. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Montgomery City Cemetery.
Howard was born in Hermann, MO and met his wife of over 71 years, Mary Gibson Bock, in the middle of the Hermann bridge. Prior to his retirement, Howard was a watch repairman working for various jewelry stores in Central Missouri. He enjoyed spending time with his family, camping at Graham Cave State Park and watching wildlife. In his later years, he and Mary could be found going on nightly drives to see if they could spot deer. He spent many hours feeding and caring for the birds and squirrels in their back yard. Howard was known for his kindness, generosity and, most notably, his sense of humor.
Howard is also survived by his two children Cyril (Kathy Miller) Bock of Espanola, NM and Fran (Jeff Petty) Bock of Jefferson City, his sister LaVerne Bernat of New Florence, a brother-in-law Denny (Margaret) Gibson of O’Fallon and a sister-in-law Irma Bock of Hermann. Other survivors include his ‘surrogate’ grand kids: Jaime, Faith, Mia, Ben, Isla, Joel and two grand-dogs, Heidi and Hannah.
Howard was a member of the First Baptist Church of Fulton, the American Legion and the DAV. In lieu of flowers that family has requested memorials to the Disabled American Veterans.