Carl G. "Bud" Brock of Thomson, IL passed away June 26, 2020 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, IA at age 89. Bud was born June 12, 1931 in Savanna, IL to Rudy & Florence Brock.
He served in the Navy 1950-1955. In 1951 Bud asked his sweetheart, Mary Adams of Hanover, to meet his ship in California when it returned from Korea. She did. They went to Las Vegas, got married, had their honeymoon and returned to California during Bud’s 72-hour shore leave. They were married until Mary’s death in 2014.
Bud and Mary lived in a trailer in Grandview until the late 1960s when they built their house in Thomson. Bud still lived in the house until a few days before his death.
Bud operated heavy equipment, retiring after more than 28 years in the IUOE. He had a second career working for his friend and York Township road commissioner Jack Foltz before retiring for good in 2000.
In his younger days Bud did lots of fishing and hunting. His brother once said Bud could catch fish in a puddle. He could build anything from wood. He built 3 boats. The first was a runabout that could keep up with the commercially made boats. He built cradles, tables, rocking chairs, rocking horses, jelly cupboards and more for his friends and family. He especially liked building toy trucks and did so until arthritis and poor eyesight forced him to stop. He always kept a few trucks in his car and would give them away during trips to doctors offices, grocery stores and restaurants. He gave away hundreds over the years.
Bud was a member of the Thomson American Legion.
He was preceded in death by his wife Mary, brothers Charles and Jim, grandson John Brock, and great-grandson Elijah Brock.
He is survived by his son Steve Brock, son Doug (Connie) Brock, grandson Andrew (Maranda) Brock and their daughter Elise, grandson Ryan (Gloria) Brock and their children Harper & Thomas, sister Paula Nehrkorn and sister-in-law Carol "Tudy" Brock.
Bud was the most loving dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa. His family will miss him dearly.