FAIRMONT - A Celebration of Life service for Robert L. Rock, 87, of Fairmont, Minn., will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 23, 2014, at Fairmont Evangelical Covenant Church in Fairmont. Burial with full military honors by the Lee C. Prentice American Legion Post #36 and the Martin County VFW Post #1222 will follow the service in Lakeside Cemetery, Fairmont.
Robert passed away Monday afternoon, May 19, 2014, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Thursday, May 22, 2014, at Fairmont Evangelical Covenant Church, and will continue one hour prior to the time of service Friday also at the church.
Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.
Robert Lyle Rock was born Aug. 12, 1926, in Aberdeen, S.D., the son of Herman and Marian (Churchill) Rock. He graduated from high school in Stratford, S.D., in 1944. Robert then enlisted with the U.S. Navy where he served his country honorably from 1944 to 1946. Upon his return, Robert then attended Northern State University, where he earned his B.S. Degree in 1950 and his M.S Degree in 1956. On Dec. 21, 1952, Robert was united in marriage to Verona Preheim in Freeman, S.D. In 1974, Robert committed his life to the Lord during a church service and began his walk with Christ. Robert worked in the public schools of Irene, S.D., Ellsworth, Jasper and Fairmont, Minn., for 38 years; six as a teacher and 32 as a principal. Upon his retirement in 1988, Bob and Verona worked as short-term missionaries for eight years with the Mobile Missionary Assistance Program and the Rio Grande Bible Institute. Bob was a charter member of the Fairmont Evangelical Covenant Church of Fairmont and was a former member of the Fairmont Kiwanis Club.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Verona Rock of Fairmont, Minn.; children, Kim Rock and his wife, Deb, of Fairmont, Minn., Kathy Thiessen and her husband, David, of Germantown, Tenn., and Jim Rock and his wife, Sue, of Eagan, Minn.; grandchildren, Summer Mueller and her husband, Erik, Brian Rock, Lindsey Johnson and her husband, Graham, David Thiessen, Craig Thiessen and his wife, Alison, Kellie Rock, Dan Rock, Rachel Rock and Marina Rock; great-grandchildren, Gavin Mueller, Preston Mueller, Pax Johnson and Titus Johnson; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Ann Rock and Bernice Kramer; brother-in-law, Calvin Preheim and his wife, Dorothy; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Marian Rock; four sisters; and one brother.