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Kenneth “Kenny” Lee Kock

May 10, 2013
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Kenneth “Kenny” Lee Kock was born April 29, 1941 in Marshalltown, Iowa to Ernest and Thelma Kock. He lived in the Lincoln and Gladbrook area and graduated from Gladbrook High School in 1960. He married his high school sweetheart, Bonnie Ladehoff, on August 18, 1962. Ken enlisted in the Army in 1963 and trained as a helicopter mechanic and was last stationed in Germany. After suffering a service related injury he was honorably discharged in 1969. He retuned home to Iowa with Bonnie and worked for several local companies before taking over the family farm. While there, Ken and Bonnie had three children: Kelly, Kyl and Bryce. The family moved to Hawarden, Iowa in 1982 where Ken began his career in sales at a John Deere dealership. They later moved to Wray where Ken worked for Fix Equipment and later for Korf Cheverolet in Yuma. Ken peacefully passed at his home, surrounded by his family on May 4th, 2013. Preceding him in death were his parents Ernest and Thelma Kock, and his wife Bonnie Kock. Kenny is survived by his daughter Kelly Puhl, her husband Mark and their children Jonathan, Shelby, and Megan; his son Kyl Kock, his wife Holly, and their children Morgan, Brandon, Noah, Jacob, and Owen; and his son Bryce Kock, his wife Kasey, and their children Tyler and Jenna. Also, Kenny is survived by his brother-in law Leo Ladehoff, his wife Beverly, and their children, Lance and Debbie; his sister-in-law Sue Ladehoff, and her daughter Joy. Ken enjoyed the craft of interpersonal selling, whether it was for profession or hobby. He enjoyed games of chance like attending an occasional casino or “matching” his buddies. Ken was always willing to sit and share a story and have a good laugh. He enjoyed the “oldies”, such as Roy Rogers, Elvis Presley, Mickey Mouse and “the Christmas Story”. Kenny liked to “tinker” with projects and always had a way to “cobble” his repairs. He prided himself on his “vast empire” of collectables like slot machines, pinball machines, and antiques. He enjoyed cruising about town, and was always excited to watch his children and grandchildren. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 9th at 11 am at the United Methodist Church of Wray. Graveside service will later be performed at Maple Hill Cemetery of Gladbrook/Lincoln Iowa. Memorials may be made in Ken’s honor to Encore Life or Hospice of the Plains.


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