Richard O. Bock | Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

August 14, 1916 - February 19, 2020

Richard Otto Bock
“Dick” -- “Rich”

Age 103, of Richfield. Richard was born August 14, 1916 in Truman, Minnesota to Alex J. Bock and Marie L. (nee, Minor). He graduated from Concordia Junior College in St. Paul, Minnesota and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He started his professional career teaching at a parochial school in St. Louis, Missouri. On January 6, 1942 he joined the US Army Air Force. He spent 3 years and 10 months serving his country, rising to the rank of Master Sergeant. Richard spent 3 of those years in the European Theater of Operations. On July 14, 1946 he married Alma R. Levik in Truman, Minnesota. In 1947 they became lifelong members of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Over the course of their marriage they raised four children, Stephen, Peter, Mary and Catherine. For the next 32 years he worked in Manufacturing Management for Toro and Lindsey Water Softener. When he retired he became a handyman and never truly retired from that. He lived by the motto, "Work is a Blessing!" and it showed in all he did. He loved to spend his time camping - even camping into his 100's! Throughout life he served not only his family but his community. Richard became a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a Sunday School Superintendent for 35 years, on the Board of Directors of Concordia Publishing House for 13 years, a Little League Manager for 10 years and a Boy Scout Leader for 10 years.

Preceded in death by wife, Alma Bock (nee, Levik); 6 brothers; 2 sisters; granddaughter, Jill Walden. Survived by children, Stephen (Catherine) Bock, Peter Bock, Mary (Tom) Peterson, Catherine (Brian) Saevig; grandchildren, Rachael (Mark) Imm, Sarah (Scott) Schlesinger, Michelle (Tom) Larson, David Hanson, Stephanie (Jim) Tomczak, Erika (Dave) Fleischman, Scott Peterson, Steven (Elizabeth) Saevig, David (Jessica) Saevig and Michael (Sara) Saevig; and great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Imm, Trevor Imm, Abigail Imm, Kennedy Bock, Alexis Larson, Nicholas Tomczak, Alex Tomczak, Maksim Tomczak, Evangeline Tomczak, Caroline Fleischman, Madalyn Walden, Kiera Saevig and Alexandra Saevig.

Memorials preferred to Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO.


  1. Steve Weishair says:

    Steve and Family you all are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time, many blessings to you all .

    Barb and Steve Weishair

  2. Al and LaVonne Solomonson says:

    Our heartfelt sympathy to all of you – Stephen, Peter, Mary, Cathy and your families. Your father had an amazing and meaningful long life. I have fond memories of your Mom and Dad and all of you, especially when you were at the Levik farm. God be with you. LaVonne (Leng) and Al Solomonson of Wausau, WI.

  3. Karen Labenz and Tom and Jared Hunt says:

    Rachael and family, our thoughs and prayers are with you all at this sad time. Cherish all the memories you had with him!

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