Bennie Bock Obituary: Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, April 19, at 2 p.m., at the First' United Methodist Church in New Braunfels, for Ben W. Bock, retired Ford, Mercury, Lincoln Dealer and rancher of New Braunfels. Mr. Bock died on Monday, April 15, at 7:05 p.m. in New Braunfels, after having been ill for six weeks. Graveside services will continue at the Lockhart Cemetery at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

As owner of Bock Motor Company, New Braunfels, which he founded in August of 1944, Mr. Bock gained prominence as president of the Texas Automobile Dealers Association from 1969 to 1970, and at the time of his election was the only Ford dealer in the Southwest Region to receive the Distinguished Achievement Award for 20 years. He served on the Ford National Dealer Council in 1949 and again in 1969.

His other business interest included being the co-founder and president of National Materials and National Transport Corporation until 1974; chairman of the Board of New Braunfels Savings & Loan Association until 1984; vice-president of Seguin Motor Company until his death.

As a former breeder of registered Herefords and commercial cattle, and registered quarter horses, he was honored by the Alamo Quarter Horse Association for his horses winning numerous trophies for cutting, reining, roping and western pleasure. Mr Bock had owned ranches or farms in Travis, Caldwell and Nueces counties and had received several awards for community service from the Comal County 4-H as its first honorary member, and first honorary FFA member in Comal County. He was also a recipient of the Silver Unicorn Award.

Mr. Bock was active in Texas politics for over 50 years, and although he never held elected political office, was a campaign manager and unofficial adviser to several Texas governors, United State senators and congressmen. He was twice elected a delegate - in 1956 and in-1964 - to two Democratic National Conventions, and was twice elected to the position of state committeeman.

In 1962, Bock was appointed by former Gov. John Connally as a director of the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority and in 1964 was elected chairman of the board. He was a former president and state director of the Jaycees, past director of the South Texas Chamber of Commerce, and director, and vice-president of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, which honored him with its first President's Award, as well as lifelong member and past president of the New Braunnfels Noon Lions Club, and first president and then vice-president of the New Braunfels Industrial Foundation. In addition, he twice served as president of the First United Methodist Church Board of Trustees.

Bennie Walter Bock was born in Lockhart Oct. 1, 1912, to Sara Lucretia Newell Bock and Hilmer Walter Bock, a cattle buyer and rancher-farmer, who was born in the Freheit Community near New Braunfels. Raised on the family farm in the Tilmon Community of Caldwell County, he left the farm when he was 14 and graduated from Brackenridge High School in San Antonio in 1932. He sold advertising in Waco for two years during the depression, returned to Austin to a brief career in the funeral business and then to Lockhart, where he worked as an automobile salesman for Lockhart Motor Co. from 1936 to 1940, then manager of the Ford tractor dealership from 1940 to 1942. Established in August of 1944, Bock Motor Company was sold by him in 1984.

On Aug. 8, 1939, he married Ruth Margaret "Sue" Blackwell of Lockhart. Survivors include his wife, and his son, former state representative Bennie Bock, and his daughter-in-law, Kathy, as well as two grand-daughters, Suzanne, a senior at Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and Lucretia, a freshman at New Braunfels High School; sisters, Margaret Bock Muckelroy of San Marcos and Bobbie Jean Bock Lancaster of Paris, Texas; sister-in-law Faye Bock of Austin; and numerous other nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation is at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home, New Braunfels, beginning Wednesday at 9 a.m. until Thursday at 1 p.m. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, New Braunfels.

Pallbearers are: Jack Anthony, Kyle; Al Stuart, Houston; Eugene Dietert, Sequin; William H. Borchers, Herbert Schneider, and Robert Orr, New Braunfels; former Gov. Dolph Briscoe, Uvalde; former Gov. John B. Connally, Houston.

Honorary pallbearers are: Aubrey Fielder, Lockhart, Lawrence Imhoff. Bryan Carl, Robert Uhr, New Braunfels; Congressman J. J. "'Jake.' Pickle, Austin; state Sen. John Traeger, Seguin; W. S. "Buck" McMillan, San Antonio, and U. S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen, Washington.


Bennie Bock Obituary: Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, April 19, at 2 p.m., at the First' United Methodist Church in New Braunfels, for Ben W. Bock, retired Ford, Mercury, Lincoln Dealer and rancher of New Braunfels. Mr. Bock died on Monday, April 15, at 7:05 p.m. in New Braunfels, after having been ill for six weeks. Graveside services will continue at the Lockhart Cemetery at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

As owner of Bock Motor Company, New Braunfels, which he founded in August of 1944, Mr. Bock gained prominence as president of the Texas Automobile Dealers Association from 1969 to 1970, and at the time of his election was the only Ford dealer in the Southwest Region to receive the Distinguished Achievement Award for 20 years. He served on the Ford National Dealer Council in 1949 and again in 1969.

His other business interest included being the co-founder and president of National Materials and National Transport Corporation until 1974; chairman of the Board of New Braunfels Savings & Loan Association until 1984; vice-president of Seguin Motor Company until his death.

As a former breeder of registered Herefords and commercial cattle, and registered quarter horses, he was honored by the Alamo Quarter Horse Association for his horses winning numerous trophies for cutting, reining, roping and western pleasure. Mr Bock had owned ranches or farms in Travis, Caldwell and Nueces counties and had received several awards for community service from the Comal County 4-H as its first honorary member, and first honorary FFA member in Comal County. He was also a recipient of the Silver Unicorn Award.

Mr. Bock was active in Texas politics for over 50 years, and although he never held elected political office, was a campaign manager and unofficial adviser to several Texas governors, United State senators and congressmen. He was twice elected a delegate - in 1956 and in-1964 - to two Democratic National Conventions, and was twice elected to the position of state committeeman.

In 1962, Bock was appointed by former Gov. John Connally as a director of the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority and in 1964 was elected chairman of the board. He was a former president and state director of the Jaycees, past director of the South Texas Chamber of Commerce, and director, and vice-president of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, which honored him with its first President's Award, as well as lifelong member and past president of the New Braunnfels Noon Lions Club, and first president and then vice-president of the New Braunfels Industrial Foundation. In addition, he twice served as president of the First United Methodist Church Board of Trustees.

Bennie Walter Bock was born in Lockhart Oct. 1, 1912, to Sara Lucretia Newell Bock and Hilmer Walter Bock, a cattle buyer and rancher-farmer, who was born in the Freheit Community near New Braunfels. Raised on the family farm in the Tilmon Community of Caldwell County, he left the farm when he was 14 and graduated from Brackenridge High School in San Antonio in 1932. He sold advertising in Waco for two years during the depression, returned to Austin to a brief career in the funeral business and then to Lockhart, where he worked as an automobile salesman for Lockhart Motor Co. from 1936 to 1940, then manager of the Ford tractor dealership from 1940 to 1942. Established in August of 1944, Bock Motor Company was sold by him in 1984.

On Aug. 8, 1939, he married Ruth Margaret "Sue" Blackwell of Lockhart. Survivors include his wife, and his son, former state representative Bennie Bock, and his daughter-in-law, Kathy, as well as two grand-daughters, Suzanne, a senior at Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and Lucretia, a freshman at New Braunfels High School; sisters, Margaret Bock Muckelroy of San Marcos and Bobbie Jean Bock Lancaster of Paris, Texas; sister-in-law Faye Bock of Austin; and numerous other nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation is at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home, New Braunfels, beginning Wednesday at 9 a.m. until Thursday at 1 p.m. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, New Braunfels.

Pallbearers are: Jack Anthony, Kyle; Al Stuart, Houston; Eugene Dietert, Sequin; William H. Borchers, Herbert Schneider, and Robert Orr, New Braunfels; former Gov. Dolph Briscoe, Uvalde; former Gov. John B. Connally, Houston.

Honorary pallbearers are: Aubrey Fielder, Lockhart, Lawrence Imhoff. Bryan Carl, Robert Uhr, New Braunfels; Congressman J. J. "'Jake.' Pickle, Austin; state Sen. John Traeger, Seguin; W. S. "Buck" McMillan, San Antonio, and U. S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen, Washington.





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