Raymond Edward Bock was born August 6, 1926, to parents Fred & Irene Bock, on the family’s dairy farm in Enumclaw. He grew up in Enumclaw and graduated in 1944. After graduation Ray joined the Navy but was discharged after just 2 weeks in basic because of a football injury. He loved motorcycles and some of his best stories were of the good times he and his friends had while riding. In November 1949 Ray married Mary Jean Potvin, also of Enumclaw, and they raised 5 children. He was always mechanical and worked at Boeing, Boyson’s Auto, Weyerhaeuser Mill shops, and Hinshaw’s Honda when it was just a motorcycle shop in Enumclaw. Ray was an active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and helped relocate the old steeple to its current location. He was also active in the Jaycees and helped with various community events. His service to the community and ready hand to help other people in need was a good example to his kids. In 1960 Ray and Jean bought a mom & pop business on Roosevelt where Runland’s Grocery store sits today. They ran Bock’s Grocery and Service for 10 years. In the late 60s Ray took a position with King County as Maintenance Manager for the King County Fair Grounds. He later transferred to the Road Crew where he became a truck driver. In 1979 they sold their home on Griffin Avenue so they could buy the Sweet Shoppe Restaurant in Buckley. Ray and Jean were divorced in 1981.
In 1982, while dancing at the Wishbone Tavern, Ray met Beverly Ann Hauser. They were introduced by a mutual friend and she soon became his Kuuipo. They married in 1986 at the Fern Grotto in Hawaii. Beverly had 3 children and over the years we all became one big happy family. This pleased Ray as his family has always been very important to him. Ray and Bev moved to Kent in 1988. They enjoyed entertaining family and friends and their home has been the perfect place for this. They also loved to travel and visited each corner of the United States and 44 states in between. Their favorite destination was Hawaii and they made 26 trips to the various islands. Ray retired from King County in 1989 and enjoyed meeting with other retired County workers for monthly breakfasts. He also looked forward to reunions with his Enumclaw classmates. Ray always had a good sense of humor, even up to his final days. He spent his last month in the hospital with colon issues and passed away on September 1, 2015 at 89 years old.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, 5 siblings and first wife Jean (Bock) Jensen. He is survived by his wife Beverly, children Dave Bock, Tim Bock, Fred Bock, Nancy Bock and Sue Sidhu, his step-children Julie Mals, Frank Hauser, and Ron Hauser, their spouses, 10 grand children and 10 great grand children.
A memorial and reception will be held for Ray on October 4, 2015, 2 PM, at the Buckley Eagles.