Lexington Resident: Calvin Stock (1934-2017)
Calvin William Stock, 82, of Lexington, Nebraska, died Monday, January 9th, 2017, at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha.
He was born December 31st, 1934, to Edwin and Martha (Kugler) Stock in Lexington. He graduated from Lexington High School and spent 2 years in the Army, where he was stationed in Germany. After being in the military he joined his father farming and handling cattle. He later took over the business and continued until he was forced into retirement due to a rare type of hepatitis. He was a regular blood donor, which is how his hepatitis was discovered. He had many major surgeries, which included a liver transplant in 2000. He had a passion for giving his testament about receiving his organ and sharing the need for people to sign up to to be an organ donor. He would say, “The Lord does not want your organs; he only wants your soul!”
Cal enjoyed classical music, planting trees and flowers in his yard. He also had a visionary eye for interior design. For a time, he was a part time organist at the First Presbyterian Church, of which he was a member. He said he was probably the only person that checked his cattle listening to classical music. Although he was a respectable horseman, his main means of transportation in the hills was his trusty 4-wheeler, that being a Chevy pickup. Cal was quietly generous in helping young people, stressing the importance of a good education. He had a strong compassion for abused children of the world.
Cal is survived by his loving wife, Carol, of 33 years, who cared for him with true love and devotion. He is also survived by his sisters, Evelyn Brodie of Kauii, Hawaii, Arlyce Miller of Overland Park, Kansas, and brother Arthur (Linda) Stock of Lincoln, Nebraska, three daughters, Sabrina Von Stock of Newhall, California, Vanessa Orr of Tomball, Texas, and Heather Aldridge of Lake Bluff, Illinois. He is also survived by two caring stepsons Doug (Lisa) Evans of Kearney, Nebraska, and David Evans of Elkhorn, Nebraska; Doug’s two children Derek (Charlene) Evans of Basehor, Kansas, and Alyssa Evans (fiancé Jonathon Bartholomew) of Roca, Nebraska; David’s children Chaz and Fritz Evans of Phoenix, Arizona; step-daughter-in-law, Nancy Evans of Lexington, Nebraska; as well as nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Calvin was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Lex Brodie; and, his cherished Labrador retrievers, Mozart and Micah.
Cal donated his body to research at the University Of Nebraska Medical Center.
A Celebration of life Memorial Service will be held Monday, January 30th, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Lexington, Nebraska with Pastor Polly Deppen-Williams officiating.
In lieu of flowers please, Cal requested memorials be made to Nebraska Medicine: Lied Transplant Center or a favorite charity of your choosing.
Inurnment will be held at a later date in Fort McPherson National Cemetery at Maxwell, Nebraska.
Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is honored to assist the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences with the family by visiting: reynoldslovefuneralhome.com.