EUREKA - Harry B. Rocke, 95, Eureka, passed away at 5:55 p.m. Thursday (June 7, 2007) at the Apostolic Christian Home of Eureka.
He was born in rural Eureka, on June 26, 1911, the son of Jeff and Lucy Stoller Rocke. He married Lydia M. Kaufmann on Jan. 1, 1947, in Cissna Park. She preceded him in death on Nov. 30, 1989.
Harry is survived by his three children, Deborah (Harvey) Joos, Hancock, Minn.; Mark (Connie) Rocke, Congerville; and Luann (Sam) Blunier, Eureka; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are one brother, Ray (Louise) Rocke, Eureka; and two sisters-in-law, Pauline Rocke and Doris Rocke. He was preceded in death by eight brothers and four sisters.
Harry was a beekeeper for more than 60 years. He and his brothers owned and operated Rocke Apiaries in Eureka from 1936 until 1977. After selling the business, Harry continued to get honey from South Dakota to process and package the sweetest honey in the world to provide to his family and friends. From 1942 through 1944 he worked at the Boeing Aircraft factory in Wichita, Kan., helping to build the B-29 Bomber.
He was a member of the Eureka Apostolic Christian Church for more than 70 years. He served his church as a Sunday school teacher and trustee. He was on the site selection committee for the Apostolic Christian Home for the Handicapped in Morton and served on the Bible Distribution committee for Apostolic Christian Publications for many years.
Harry was most happy when spending time with his wife and children, grandchildren and extended church family. He was an avid gardener and fisherman. He was a charter member of the Eureka Sportsman's Club.
His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Sunday (June 10, 2007) at the Eureka Apostolic Christian Church, with church ministers officiating. Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka and at noon prior to services at the church Sunday. Burial will be in Olio Cemetery in Eureka.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Apostolic Christian Home of Eureka or the Bible fund at the Eureka Apostolic Christian Church. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com .