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William Gerhart "Bill" Bockman 1919-2005


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 1/19/2014 at 23:03:11

William Gerhart "Bill" Bockman, the son of William George Bockman and Martha Elizabeth Huseman, was born August 3, 1919, at Faith, South Dakota. He departed this life on October 30, 2005, at Avera Holy Family Hospital in Estherville, Iowa, at the age of 86 years, 2 months and 27 days.

Bill's family homesteaded in western South Dakota until he was a young man. After that he went to three years of Agricultural Boarding School in Brookings, South Dakota. During World War II he served with the United States Army in the Pacific Theater. He was united in marriage to Inez Munson on July 16, 1950, in Petersburg, Minnesota. The couple lived for a short time in North Dakota before moving to the Terril and Estherville area where they farmed for many years and raised a family of four sons. Inez died February 25, 1987. Bill married Helen "Betty" Olson in 1988 and they lived in Minnesota for around ten years until her death in 2004. Bill then returned to Estherville where he was living at the time of his death.

Bill was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Estherville and a former member of Estherville Lutheran Church. He enjoyed tinkering with mechanical things, flying, raising cattle and farming.

Bill is survived by four sons; Edward Bockman, his wife, Linda of Ashburn, Virginia and their children, Megan and Steven; Richard Bockman, his wife, Gail of Terril, Iowa and their children, Collin and Patrick; Gary Bockman his wife, Randi of Eagan, Minnesota and their son, Nicholas; Robert John Bockman of Spirit Lake, Iowa. Also surviving are one sister, Irene Gosch and her husband, John of Estherville; two brothers, Irving Bockman and his wife, Anita of Spirit Lake; Herbert Bockman and his wife, Betty of Milford, Iowa; two sisters-in-law, Kathryn Munson of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Thelma Munson of Estherville; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Inez, his wife Betty; his parents; infant twins; and a brother Art and his wife, Shirley Bockman. (MC)

Pastor Glenn S. Bohmer, Officiating

David Bockman - Dan Bockman - Terry Bockman
Paul Gosch - Don Munson - Sid Munson

Estherville Lutheran Cemetery
Estherville, Iowa


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