Obituary: Bruce Mock, Dodge City, lived and worked in Pratt

DODGE CITY - Bruce Dale Mock, 93, passed away on January 13, 2021 in Dodge City, Kansas Bruce was born in Hutchinson, Kansas. February 16, 1927 to Kester C. And Alverna (McMurray) Mock. He married JoAnne (Hoskinson) Mock on February 27, 1948 in Hutchinson, Kansas. He is survived by wife, JoAnne, two daughters, Diane (BR) Rohrbaugh, Cimarron, Kansas and Kay (Doug) Owens, St. Mary’s, Kansas, two sons, Dean (Rhonda) Mock Peoria, Illinois and Craig (Janie) Mock, Dodge City, Kansas. Also surviving are 9 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. He was proceeded in death by his parents, brother Lyle (Barbara), sister, Louisa, grandson, Brett Mock and great-granddaughter, Paryn Rohrbaugh. Bruce served in WWII Japan as a battalion clerk for the 808 and 836 Engineer Aviation Battalions. He achieved the rank of Sergeant Major and was the highest ranking Noncommissioned Officer in his battalion. He often delivered reports to General McArthur during this time. He received three major citations for his service, which included the Asiatic Pacific Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal. Bruce was always a hard worker starting at age 6 on a neighbor’s farm near South Hutchinson, Kansas. His mom said he gave up his childhood because he was always working. But he said he always had money and was the first to buy a car amongst his friends. Upon returning from the war, he attended Hutchinson Junior College where he met JoAnne Hoskinson who would be his loving wife for almost 73 years. They both were the first in their families to graduate from college - Kansas State University- Bruce with an accounting degree and JoAnne with a teaching degree. After graduating from KSU Bruce went to work managing Co-ops in Kansas. He started at Fowler then Mt. Hope then assistant and general manager at Dodge City Co-op for 13 years. They moved to Pratt in 1973 and he was General Manager of the Pratt Equity Exchange for 6 years. Her retired at the age of 52. Bruce was then offered an accounting job at Stanions Wholesale Electric Company where he worked until 62 and retired again - for good. Bruce was a member of the First Christian Church his whole life, both in Hutchinson and Dodge City. He sang in the choir with his wife for many years and served on the church board in many capacities including board chairman. He sang in a Dodge City quartet that was ‘second to none’. He was a member of the Lyon’s Club for 50+ years and held all the offices including president. He was Scout Master for Troop 167 in Dodge and helped his sons get their Eagle Scout awards. Bruce always like going somewhere, almost anywhere, almost anytime. The family often took two-week vacations to Colorado but also went to California, South Dakota, etc. If mom and dad planned something, he was ready to go days ahead of time. And he liked to be early where ever he went. Mom would get frustrated with him because he was always ready to go 30 minutes early. There was too much to see in the U.S. so he didn’t travel overseas except for Japan and then to visit Dean in Geneva, Switzerland. Bruce never knew a stranger and was not afraid to talk to anyone. Being in the Co-op business he knew a lot of people and would often start berating them for something insignificant. When they saw the smile on his face, they usually immediately returned the rebuff and then the warm pleasantries started. A normal life in southwest Kansas includes hunting and Bruce was always eager to take his sons hunting and he was a good shot. He always attended family sporting events and even practices. Bruce and JoAnne love unconditionally (Dean and Craig tested them on this). Bruce: U.S. Army Veteran, KSU Grad, Manager, Scout Leader, Lion’s Club and Choir member, Sportsman, Devoted father and loving husband, Elder of the church, charismatic Granddad, trusted friend and Executor, honorable Son, inseparable brother,

Great Grandfather, encourager and example to all. Bruce, as part of the Greatest Generation, did not preach or quote bible verses but he did lead by example. He cherished the company of others and was always willing to listen. He was well respected by people who knew him best. Services will be announced and held this coming spring with inurnment and full military honors at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery at Ft. Dodge. There will be no public viewing, cremation has taken place.

The family suggests memorials to First Christian Church in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.ziegerfuneralchapel.com

Published on January 25, 2021