Edward T. Rock, Col USAF, Ret., “Headed West” on November 5, 2021.

Colonel Edward T. Rock Sr., of Chesterfield, MO, passed away in his sleep on Nov 5 2021. He was born on Mar 2 1932 in Dixon, Il to Edward C. and Alice C. Rock, being the oldest of 6.

Beloved husband of Joy Louise Rock (nee Garrett) for 63 years; dear father of Edward Jr., Kathleen, Margaret Koebbe (Terry), David and Sarah Gould (Tom); dear Grandfather to Randy Sheridan (Megan), William, Michael Koebbe (Emille) and Nikolai; Dear Great-Grandfather to Tye and Mia Sheridan; dear brother to Susan Weitzel, Kathleen McCright, Joseph (Carol), Michael, and Timothy (Connie) Rock.

Edward served 27 years in the United States Air Force. He started as an enlisted radio mechanic before applying for and being accepted into the pilot training program and retiring as a Colonel. He flew two tours in Vietnam as a member of the Wild Weasels (YGBSM/WW#185)

After retirement he became involved with Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels and the Freedom School. He became an author, took up painting, and was a passionate cook who made the most wonderful meals for his family. He was a faithful member of Ascension Parish.

He met the love of his life, Joy, in Phoenix over 63 years ago and fought to stay with her until his strength finally gave out where upon he went to be with the Lord knowing that the Lord and his family will be watching over her.

“Throw a Nickel on the Grass”

Interment is at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers we ask donations be made to Habitat for Humanity or St. Mary’s Church of Phoenix, AZ in honor of Fr. Blaise Cronin.

Source: https://www.azcentral.com/obituaries/par054260

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