Ronald Lewis Bock, 77, of Potomac Falls, VA, passed away at home on October 22, 2020, from complications of liver cancer. He was a loving husband, father, and grandpa. He always put his wife first, and steadfastly stood by his stepsons through good times and bad. Every coach of each of his four grandchildren knew him by name because he never missed a game or even a practice. Full of friendly advice, a few jokes and a smile, he was a kind soul who was always ready to help. He loved to hunt and generally be outdoors. He was the kind of guy you could count on in any situation — never aiming to be popular, but universally liked.
Ron was born on March 1, 1943 in Junction City, Kansas, to Lewis Patton Bock and Delphene Louise Nixon. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from East Texas State University, with a major in History and a Master of Arts in Japanese language from the University of Kansas. He married Estela Ferrarone Bock on April 21, 1989 in Upper Marlboro. He was a veteran of the war in Vietnam and served in the Army until 1967, 1st Special Forces Group, Airborne, and was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action. After his military service, he taught English in Okinawa for two years. He worked for the National Security Agency as a Language Analyst until 1979. He then worked for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) within the Department of Agriculture for 20 years, retiring in 1999. He was a member of the Dranesville Methodist Church.
Ron is preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Delphene. Ron is survived by his wife, Estela Bock; his brother, Craig Bock; sister-in-law, Kay Wilson Bock; stepsons, David (and his wife Julie) and Anthony Garrett; grandchildren, Spencer, Olivia, Zachary and Max Garrett.
Funeral services will be held at a future date. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society. The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Capital Care Hospice for their support during this difficult time.