Dennis E. Schock, 77, Kenmare, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in a Minot hospital.
Dennis was born Jan. 7, 1937, in Garrison, the son of Theodore and Ida Schock. He was raised and educated in Garrison. Upon graduation Dennis entered the Army in February 1957 and after basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., and schooling at Fort Stewart, Ga., he was sent overseas to Venetia, Italy. Dennis was honorably discharged in January 1959 after faithfully serving his country.
Dennis was united in marriage to Elaine L. Frank on June 25, 1961, in Kenmare. The couple has two sons, Scott and Troy.
In October 1959, Dennis began working for J. C. Penney Co. at Kenmare until he was transferred to the Williston store in February 1963, where he managed the men's suit department. Dennis and his family later moved to Minot, where he worked for Sears & Roebuck Co. at the new Town and Country Shopping Center. He worked in the automotive department and later transferred to the furniture and carpet departments, where he worked until October 1967.
In November 1967, Dennis and his family moved back to Kenmare to help set up and manage a furniture store for Tollefson Furniture of Minot. He managed the store for five years and was approached by the owner to buy the business, which he and Elaine did on Oct. 31, 1972. They owned and operated Kenmare Furniture until it closed in October 1983.
In early 1984, Dennis and Elaine leased the Lounge and Steakhouse from the Kenmare Vets Club, which they operated until March 1986. In the spring of 1986, Dennis went to work for Harris Motors Inc., selling new and used vehicles until they closed in October 1988. In February 1989, Dennis started a used auto dealership called Schock Auto Sales, INC., and owned and operated it until selling it in June 2007, when he retired.
Dennis was a member of Nazareth Lutheran Church, Kenmare, and after being in business for so many years he was involved with several organizations which included: Jaycees, Lions Club, Kenmare Association of Commerce, Kenmare Country Club, Boy Scouts, Elks Lodge, Eagles Aerie, Masons and the Shriners. He also helped on many other projects as needed over the years.
Survivors: Wife of 52 years, Elaine, Kenmare, sons, Dennis Scott Schock, Missoula, Mont., and Troy E. Schock, Meridian, Idaho; grandchildren, Ayra L. and Tyler E. Schock, Meridian, Idaho; brother, Vernon (Georgia) Schock, Fargo; sister, Leona Bitz, Bismarck; and several nieces and nephews.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Arlene Zietz; and brothers-in-law, Erwin Bitz and John Zietz.
Memorial service: Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at 11 a.m., at Nazareth Lutheran Church, Kenmare.
Private burial: Will take place at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, south of Mandan.
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(Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Kenmare)