STREATOR - Richard "Dick" E. Rocke, 84, of 1527 Manhattan Drive, Streator, died at 3:27 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 14, 2006) at his residence.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Streator. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. Bryce Hays will officiate.
Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Military honors including honor guard, firing squad, taps and flag folding will be conducted at the cemetery by Streator Leslie G. Woods American Legion Post 217 and Streator Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1492.
The Solon, Baker & Telford Funeral Home, Streator, is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.solonbakertelford.com.
He was born Oct. 22, 1921, in Eureka to John & Mary (Minger) Rocke. He married the former Burnette Goff on Dec. 24, 1942, in Tacoma, Wash. She died Dec. 13, 1999.
He is survived by a daughter, Peggie Parker of Pontiac; a son, Ron (Karen) Rocke of Geneva; three grandchildren, Ryan, Allison and Jon Rocke; two sisters, Clara Knapp of Morton, and Wilma (Mrs. Phil) McCanless of Eureka.
He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; three sisters, Helen Swing, Ruth Schumacher and Nettie Knapp; nine brothers: Robert, Walton, Ed “Shorty,” Les, Purnell, Wilbur “Wib”, Milton, Lawrence Rocke and one in infancy.
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He was born and raised in rural Eureka and attended Metamora High School and Eureka High School. He entered the United States Army and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II.
Following the service, he moved to Streator and then moved to Geneva where he worked as a Senior Claims Adjustor for Country Companies, retiring in 1985. He returned to Streator in October of 1987.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Streator.
Dick was a very devoted husband to Burnette for 57 years. He was a loving and supportive father and a proud and loving grandfather.
He was a huge sports fan. He was a lifelong Cardinals fan and enjoyed cheering on the Packers. He was a dedicated golfer for over 40 years.
Dick loved playing cards, especially euchre and was quite competitive.
He was an avid walleye fisherman and enjoyed fishing in Northern Minnesota with his brother, nephew and family.
His favorite times were ones spent with his family, whom he loved dearly. He especially enjoyed his grandkids and watching their special activities.
Memorials may be directed to First United Methodist Church.