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Ralph Bock Sr.

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Ralph Joseph Bock Sr., 91, of rural Glidden, Iowa, passed away peacefully with his family at his side at his home on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. 

His faith was core through his life. This faith undoubtedly carried him into eternal life as he passed peacefully while watching Mass.

A private Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, Feb. 24, at Annunciation Catholic Church in Coon Rapids with Father Randy Schon as celebrant. Lector for the Mass will be Jerry Kult. Casket bearers will be Ralph’s 11 children. Private burial will be at Merle Hay Memorial Cemetery in Glidden.

A recording of Ralph’s Mass will be available on the Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home’s YouTube channel within 24 hours of the service, and a link will be provided on his obituary page at

Those who wish to send cards and memorials may mail them to: The family of Ralph Bock, P.O. Box 401, Glidden, Iowa 51443.

Ralph was born on Dec. 17, 1929, on his family’s farm near Raeville, Nebraska, and he was a son of Cornelius and Mayme (Heithoff) Bock. He grew up in Raeville until his family moved to Glidden when he was 12 years old. Ralph graduated from Glidden High School in 1947 and was a member of the National Honor Society.  

Ralph was a lifelong farmer and purchased his current farm in 1967. Ralph was married to Mary Ann Bellinghausen on Nov. 28, 1950, at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Roselle, Iowa, by Father Bernard Montag. The couple raised 11 children on their farm south of Glidden. He was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church.  

Ralph served as president of Carroll County Farm Bureau and president of the Glidden-Ralston School Board. He also served on many boards including the Glidden Co-op Board, Carroll County Fair Board, Richland Township Board of Trustees, and Carroll County Beef and Pork Producers. Ralph was honored to have U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Richard Lyng visit his farm. Farming was Ralph’s life, but he always shut down the farm on Sunday and also to attend his children’s events.  

Ralph and Mary Ann traveled to Rome in 1983 and attended Christmas Eve midnight Mass. Ralph was a proud American Red Cross blood donor and donated many gallons of blood over the years.

Ralph is survived by his 11 children and their families: son Ralph Bock Jr. (Connie) of Glidden, son Neil Bock (Rhonda) of Carroll, son Patrick Bock (Janel) of Glidden, daughter Mardelle Menke (Greg) of Urbandale, son Phillip Bock (Bonnie) of Glidden, daughter Kathleen Grunhovd (John) of Lake Mills, Iowa, son Stephen Bock (Tonya) of Gilbert, Iowa, son Robert Bock (Wendy) of Glidden, daughter Barbara Lensch of Glidden, son Brian Bock (Molly) of Solon, Iowa, and daughter Sarah Shoemaker (Randy) of Westlake Village, California; 33 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren with several on the way; two sisters: Phyllis Tigges (Norbert) of Dexter, Iowa, and Shirley Clark of Lake City, Iowa; two sisters-in-law: Regina Bellinghausen of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Ruth Ann Bock of Hamlin, Iowa, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Cornelius and Mayme Bock; his father- and mother-in-law: John and Elizabeth Bellinghausen; his wife: Mary Ann, in 2007; four sisters: Ruth Brinker, Bernice Kohles, Jean Rector and Ione Bock; and three brothers: Vernon and Donald, who passed in World War II, and Howard.

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