Willis Albert Brock Sr., formerly of Niles

Published 9:17 am Monday, March 25, 2019

May 13, 1944 — March 15, 2019

Willis Albert Brock Sr., 74, formerly of Niles, passed away on Friday, March 15, 2019.

He was born May 13, 1944, in South Bend, to the late Frank M. Sr. and Ida Mae Brock.

Willis Albert Brock Sr.

Willis graduated from Niles High School in 1962. He served in the U.S. Air Force for six years. Willis learned his trade on co-op during high school and afterwards until 1970 when he started his own business, Brock’s Fine Jewelry, until his retirement in 2008. Willis was also a pastor for many years at Hudson Lake Church of Christ.

Willis is survived by his children, Willis A. (Monica) Brock Jr., of Dowagiac, Vicki (Vic Ropp) Brock, of Niles, Steven Brock, and Brian Brock, both of South Bend; former-wife and mother of his children, Barbara K. Brock, of South Bend; brother, Frank M. (Virginia “Ginny”) Brock Jr., of Lathrup Village, Michigan; grandchildren, T.J. (Melissa) Cichecki, Deanna (Rafael) Tinoco, Chad (Jewel) Brock, Malena Minix, Alley (Sean Touhey) Brock, Grant Garmire, Chelsea McNeal, Michael Minix; and seven great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Ida Mae; wife, Janet Tarnow-Brock in 2012; and son, Michael Minix in 2002.

Memorial service for Willis will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Hoven Funeral Home, Buchanan. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Online condolences may be made at hovenfunerals.com.