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Robert H. Hock

Robert H. “Bob” Hock, 76, of Melrose, passed away unexpectedly Aug. 14, 2023, at CentraCare-Melrose Hospital in Melrose, after a long but courageous battle with cancer. A graveside service was Aug. 17 at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Freeport with military honors by the Melrose Veterans Honor Guard. A Memorial Mass was Aug. 19 at Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose with the Rev. Vince Lieser officiating. Robert “Bob” Henry Hock was born as the eldest son to parents Robert H. Hock and Grace Mundon July 10, 1947, in Escanaba, Michigan. At two years old his family moved to Texas where Bob spent his childhood. Bob lived a full life with his wife, Doris, of 41 years. He pursued a career as an engineer and pioneer in the technical field for many years. He was also both proud and humble of his military career in the Air Force where he served a tour in the Vietnam War. Bob loved many things. He had a passion for learning and discovering new things and regurgitating information. He was always interested in technology and having the latest and greatest gadgets to tinker with. This extended into an interest in purchasing cars and properties over the years. Bob also enjoyed fishing, especially catch and release, so they could get bigger for him to catch the next time. If there happened to be a Nascar race on television, you can bet Bob would be watching it. You might also find him reading a good book in his favorite chair. Bob is survived by his loving wife, Doris Ann Hock (Ettel); son Robert (Kori) Hock; grandson Joey; brothers Johnny and Tommy Hock; brothers-in-law Fred (Judy) Ettel, Dick Ettel, Linus (Geri) Ettel, Gary Ettel, Mark (Michelle) Ettel; sisters-in-law, Judy Merwin, Mary Shoemaker and Terri (Chris) Ellering; and many nieces, nephews and friends. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Robert H. Hock and Grace Mundon; brothers Billy and Ronnie Hock; parents-in-law Al and Lori Ettel; brothers-in-law Dave Merwin and Larry Shoemaker; and an infant niece, Amelia Ettel. The family thanks the doctors, nurses and all the healthcare workers for taking care of Bob on his cancer journey. His will to live was extraordinary, and he fought an incredible fight. He will be missed. Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Melrose. P-34-1B

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