He was born Dec. 26, 1928, in Kennewick, Washington, to Pearl (Abel) and Cecil Rock.
Rock was a man of many facets. He was a “sheep” man. He lived with all things sheep his whole life. He learned this trade from his father, whom he admired greatly. He loved dealing with growers, sorting animals at delivery time, making the best buy he could and he was a hard man to beat in the auction ring.
Rock married Carolyn Bauman in 1951 in The Dalles, Oregon, and the couple lived in California.
Rock and Carolyn were married for 39 years until Carolyn’s death in 1990.
Rock married Elizabeth Mowrey in 1991 in Calipatria, California, and the couple enjoyed the last 26 years together. They made their home in Powell.
Rock had integrity and commitment to God, to those he loved and to people generally. No matter how difficult the task or how sorrowful he was, he never gave up.
He played his Hammond organ for hours to celebrate or to help him heal. He enjoyed hiking, fishing, exploring new places and learning new skills. Rock also liked breeding border collies, training them and just playing with them. They were his crew, his pals and a comfort to him.
His personal commitment to God was the keystone of his life and directed his decisions. No one was too small or too wounded to earn his time, attention and tenderness. He mended broken wings of birds and wounded souls of other people.
Rock knew how to laugh and have fun. He was not afraid to step up when needed, and never quit. His commitment was to the completion or end of a task. Rock never let old events cloud the discovery of the new. He simply pressed on with joy and love for God.
Rock was loved and admired by many, enjoyed his life and left to go home to his reward with an eager spirit. He will be missed, but never forgotten.
Rock was preceded in death by his wife Carolyn in 1990; brother Percy in 1992; and brother Clyde in 2010.
He is survived by his wife Elizabeth of Powell; son Ron (Laura) Rock of El Central, California; daughters Linda (Mark) Decker of Worland and Marge Rock; brothers Clarence (Dee) Rock and Stanley (Marti) Rock; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, at Faith Community Church in Ralston, with Clyde Seifert and Jim Howard officiating. Burial will follow at Crown Hill Cemetery in Powell.
Memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Thompson Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.