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Clifford Leroy Bock

June 4, 1930 - October 2, 2020

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Clifford Leroy Bock passed away October 2, 2020.  He was born in Pawnee City, Nebraska, on June 4, 1930, son of Mabel (Heuppelsheuser) and Leslie Bock.

Devoted husband of 59 years to the late Norma Bock (nee Johnson), his high school sweetheart whom he married May 6, 1951.

Loving father to Debbie (Mike) Clark and Sandy (K.C.) Bock, adored grandfather of Hannah (Eric) Manley, Emma (Joshua) Stevenson, and Tyler (Kristen) Clark, and great-grandfather to Clark and Della Manley. He is also survived by brother-in-law Robert (Laurie) Johnson and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his sisters Georgia Sanders and Betty Thomas.

Clifford was raised on his parents’ farm. The beloved farm is still in the family, and until recent years, the annual destination for the family reunions where lasting memories were made.

Cliff enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951, served during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1955.

In 1960, Cliff graduated from University of Nebraska with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He was recruited by International Harvester where he was employed as an engineer until retirement.  The job brought Cliff and family to Naperville, IL in 1960 where Cliff and Norma became active members of Grace United Methodist Church and Cliff joined the Jaycees.

Cliff’s hobbies included golfing and antique tractors.  He volunteered with the Friends of Danada helping to preserve farm equipment.  Most often he could be found repairing things at his workbench, in his garage or enjoying nature in any season.

When Cliff’s health declined, he eventually moved to Inspirations in St. Charles, IL where he received excellent care from Gayle and her wonderful staff.

Cliff was a cherished husband and father, known by family and friends for his kindness and patience. He will be greatly missed.

The services were private. Memorials may be made to:  Home Centered Care Institute http://www.hccinstitute.org  or Alzheimer’s Association http://www.alz.org

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Condolences


David Carzoli from Itasca, IL

"Debbie: I spotted your father's obituary in yesterday's Tribune and wanted to extend my sincerest condolences. Fond memories. David Carzoli"


Steve Pfingsten from Lincoln, NE

"Debbie, Sandy and families, sorry to hear of Cliffs passing. Sending love, thoughts and prayers to you during this difficult time. Cliff was a great man and will be missed deeply by many. I will always remember his patience and kindness."


Sandy Diebert from Lemont, IL

"You’re father and grandfather was the epitome of a gentleman! He was also very fun to be around! I will always treasure our family trip to Disney. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you!❤️"


Colleen and Rick Lochner from Naperville, IL

"So very sorry for the loss of your Dad...he was a gem! Having Cliff as our neighbor for all those years was awesome. Our 3 guys always made him laugh and was intrigued by their antics! We will hold him in our thoughts and hearts forever."


Allison Mixa from Sandwich , IL

"My deepest condolences to your family. Your dad was such a kind and patient man and I have such fond memories of going to the Naperville home and all of his tractors displayed in the basement. He always had such a beautiful smile and he loved his family so dearly. Sending you all our love, hugs and prayers during this very difficult time. Your mom and dad are both watching over all of you together."


Patty Thomas from Beatrice, NE

"Dear Deb and Sandy - I am deeply saddened for your loss. Cliff was a wonderful man and and one of the nicest people I know. I know he was a great dad to you both also. May your memories get you through this difficult time. You have my deepest Sympathy."


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