David James Bock, 71, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at his home in Zimmerman.
He was born March 25, 1940, to Albert Alfred and Bernice Klarinsa (Lien) Bock in Bradley, S.D. He grew up in the Isabel, S.D., area, graduating from Isabel High School in 1958. After two years of summer employment with the railroad, in 1958 he began his full-time career going to work for the Milwaukee Road.
Mr. Bock was drafted in 1963 and served two years in the U.S. Army stationed in Killeen, Texas.
He and Esther Evelyn Johnson were married Sept. 30, 1967. They settled in Zimmerman.
He attended the University of Minnesota and received an Associate of Arts degree in 1971. In 1972 Mr. Bock became a roadmaster for the Milwaukee Road, continuing in this position as the company became the Soo Line and eventually Canadian Pacific Rail. He retired in 2000 after 40-plus years of service.
Mr. Bock enjoyed traveling, spending time with his grandchildren, researching family history, and was very active in The Church of God. He preferred action to words and hard work to amusement.
His funeral service was held Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Princeton. Burial was at Bellwood Cemetery, Zimmerman.
He is survived by his wife, Esther, of Zimmerman; children, Randy of Chattanooga, Tenn., Rebecca (Joel) Shaw of Princeton, and Kevin (Christina) of Dallas, Texas; five grandchildren; siblings, Delbert (Shirley) of Isabel, Lou Ann (Kedrick) Johnson of Zimmerman, and Diane (Eugene) Geigle of McIntosh, S.D.