John P. Stock, 86 of Withee, peacefully passed away on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the House of the Dove in Marshfield with his four children and loved ones by his side. Visitation will be held at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen on Thursday, October 31, 2013 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, November 1, 2013 at Saint Katherine’s Episcopal Church in Owen. Reverend Tony Ring will officiate. Burial will be in the Withee Riverside Cemetery, Saturday, November 2,2013 at 11:00 AM with full military rites conducted by the Lublin American Legion Post 547.
John was born on August 8, 1927 to Julius and Rose (Stasek) in Woodstock, Illinois. He attended Woodstock Schools. After graduating from high school, John entered the US Navy, was a Seaman Second Class during WWII and was honorably discharged in 1946. He returned to Owen where he met and married Nancy Lou Crowley on January 24, 1948 at the Neillsville Courthouse. John worked local jobs including production at Master Package and at Griebenow Company where he was introduced to plumbing. In 1950 he began his apprenticeship at Griebenow Company in Owen completing his plumbing apprenticeship in 1955.
As a journeyman plumber in the Owen Withee area John continued to work for Griebenow Company before moving toWorth, IL to work as a plumber for two years then came back to Withee and as a Master Plumber started the NL Stock Plumbing Heating and Electrical Company in 1958. He sold the business in 1968. John then joined the Local Union 385 in Eau Claire and worked as a plumbing Superintendant for several mechanical contractors in the greater Eau Claire area until his retirement in 1992.
When John was not working, he enjoyed family vacations, going to auctions, gardening, and planting trees on his property at Frenchtown School (renamed Ratherthan). John also enjoyed charter fishing trips to the Great Lakes, deer hunting, and going to the ice fishing shack with his sons and grand children. John loved his work with a passion and he instilled in his family his strong work ethic.
John was a member of the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters for 55 years, Lublin American Legion Post #547 and the Arbor Foundation.
John is lovingly survived by his brother; Herb (Dolo) Stock of Owen and sister Rose Pralguske of Fort Mohave, AZ, and his children; Kathy (Jeff) Jones of Sherwood, OR, Jeff (Linda) Stock of Elk Mound, Tim (Diane) Stock of Withee, and Andrea (Scott) Richards of Marshfield. Grandchildren; Nathan (Nicole) Jones, Amy (Jason) Goodding and Ryan (Jeni Halter) Jones, Heidi (Randy Franz) Stock, Craig (Linda) Stock, Josh Frenette, Amy (Ross) Kaz, Autumn (James) Collar, Tim (Angela) Stock Jr., 19 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife; Nancy Lou Stock on September 3, 1998, and 2 brothers; Bert and Bob.
John’s family would like to thank the staff of Oakbrook Health and Rehab Center in Thorp and the House of the Dove in Marshfield for the wonderful care he received.
The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.
Friends may send online condolences to www.maurinaschilling.com