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Gene Bock

Eugene E. “Gene” Bock, was a beacon of strength, humbleness, and generosity, a dedicated family man, a friend to all, and a passionate advocate for agriculture education and horned Hereford cattle. Born on July 31, 1957, in Beatrice, Nebraska, Eugene was a man of deep integrity and humor. His dedication to his work and family was unmatched. His laughter was contagious; his patience, legacy, and love for his family and community, unparalleled.

Eugene was a man whose grit and savvy were matched only by his love for people, Hereford cattle, and conservation. A member of the Hereford Association, the Tallgrass Prairie Association, and the Natural Resources and Conservation Service, he was a champion of land conservation, reseeding native grasses, terracing farmland, developing water sources, and managing timber. Whether it was helping the SCC intern program, leading his kids’ 4-H club, or serving on church and county boards, Eugene’s leadership was diverse and plentiful. He was also a dedicated collector of 2-cylinder tractors and also loved checking cattle with his kids. His work as a realtor for Hayden Outdoors was a testament to his multi-dimensional personality and skillset.

Eugene was married to his beloved, Janet (Mitchell), on November 11, 1989. They were blessed with two children – Annie and Aaron.

Eugene is survived by his wife Janet, his daughter Annie Boesiger and son-in-law Tanner, and his son Aaron as well as his adored Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Reba. He is also survived by his sister, Jeanette Carney; twin sister, Verjean (Tom) Noojin; brother-in-law, Steve (Pam) Mitchell; nieces and nephews: Lucas (Dayna), Chrissy, Ben, Christopher, Daniel, Sarah (Nick), Preston (Ashton), and Paul (Brittany); and a host of extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Oscar Bock; mother, Vernetta Bock; brother-in-law, Paul Carney; and sister-in-law, Christy Mitchell.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at the Wymore Church of Christ with Clayton Lundstedt officiating. His service will be livestreamed on A family prayer service will begin at 10:15 am. Inurnment will be at the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, rural Plymouth. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm at Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice. The family will greet friends later that day from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the family’s choice for future designation with the funeral home in charge.

In remembrance of Eugene’s vibrant life, we invite you to share your personal memories, upload photos, and view his service on his memorial page at Let’s honor Eugene’s dedication to his family, land, and community by celebrating his life and the countless ways he touched our hearts.

These services have been entrusted to Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice.