William E. “Bill” Stock, 81, formerly of St. Anthony Park, died Dec. 17.
He was born June 6, 1931, in Millarton, N.D., and grew up in Waukon, Iowa. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in January 1951 and served as a B-29 tail gunner during the Korean War until October 1953.
A lifelong educator, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Iowa State Teacher’s College and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota. He taught industrial arts in Albert Lea, industrial education at St. Cloud State University and served as an adjunct faculty member for the U. He joined the Minnesota Department of Education in 1971 and retired in 1995 from the State Board of Technical Colleges as director of program planning and development.
He was an active member of North Como Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder and deacon. He had many interests, including woodworking, trap shooting, fishing, gardening and photography.
He was preceded in death by his son Donald, two sisters and one brother. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marilyn; his sons, Dan (Kim) of Roseville and Jim (Julie) of Shoreview; three grandchildren; one great-grandson; and a sister, Carol (Don) Dee.
His memorial service was held Dec. 29 at North Como Presbyterian Church in Roseville.