Rest in Peace, My Son: Joseph Michael Bock Memorial

On March 21, 2018, the body of my son was discovered in his dorm room. The circumstances of his passing is irrelevant, but his life was not. He touched all who knew him. This page is dedicated to him. He will never be forgotten.

I wanted to do something special for him. Something that gave as much of his story as I could remember. And I bet that I will be adding to this in the years to come. Heck, I’m hoping others will read this and add things that I never heard about. Yes, this is going to be a living document. But, for now, it is simply important to get it down and start.


It took me a while to figure out how to lay this whole thing out. At first, I thought it was only going to be one page. But then I thought I can make this a tribute to his whole life. I do have a lot to talk about and I am sure many others do too. It will also give me a lot of extra pages for all the pictures that I have of him. So that is what I have decided to do. Create an entire remembrance of his life.

Now, I will not lie. This is is not an entirely selfless act. I am doing this to help me recover from this loss. When I first found out, I could not even look at a picture or write the simplest blog (I still have a couple I am waiting to publish.). But, as I have gone through his pictures and remembered some of the things he has done, I have felt better, even happier. I have also begun to appreciate his life. This is very important to me. I hope to forget about the pain that his death has caused and, instead, remember the wonderful person he was.

Now, I am not going to overlook all the issues. He was definitely a flawed man. His decision making was not great (which I will leave to immaturity). But that does not have a huge heart, was full of love, was very loving and was aware when he hurt people. I think, one of his biggest problems, was that he was too trusting.

I’m getting ahead of myself. I have a feeling I will be doing a lot of rambling as I create this remembrance. But that’s alright. That’s why I am doing this.

Now, let’s get to it!