Herbert James Mock completed his race on Earth and entered into eternal life in Heaven on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 as a result of complications from his treatment for lung cancer. Herb will be remembered as a man devoted to his faith and family, a committed educator who touched the lives of countless children, and a person of integrity who lived boldly and confidently with the courage of his convictions.
Herb was born on March 25, 1946 in Wykoff, Minnesota to Pastor Alfred and Vivian Mock. He was confirmed in the Lutheran faith on June 5, 1960. After graduation from Red Wing High School, Herb attended Concordia University, St. Paul and received his degree in Education in May of 1970. He later earned a master’s degree in Education from Michigan State University. Herb began his teaching career at St. Paul Lutheran School in Thorndale, Texas, serving as a teacher and principal from 1970 until 1982. His next call was as principal at Trinity Lutheran School in Port Huron, Michigan from 1982 to 1988. He then accepted the principalship at St. John’s Lutheran School in Marysville, Ohio, serving from 1988 to 2006. In 2006 St. Mark Lutheran School in Houston, Texas called Herb as its principal, where he served until his retirement in 2011. While retired, Herb continued his commitment to Lutheran education by accepting two interim principal calls, first at St. Paul Lutheran in Serbin, Texas and then at Pilgrim Lutheran in Houston, Texas.
The best day of Herb’s life was quite likely June 28, 1969 when he married the love of his life, Eunice Huebner. A true Proverbs 31 woman, Eunice supported Herb throughout his ministry, created a loving home through many moves and relocations, and kept Herb in line whenever necessary. Herb and Eunice’s marriage was blessed with two sons, U. S. Army Major Aaron Mock and Joshua Mock, both born in Austin, Texas.
It is unlikely that anyone meeting Herb could forget him. His “unique” sense of humor and love of a good prank or joke are legendary. Despite his occasional pretense as a somewhat gruff and demanding authority figure, he had a serious soft spot for children and animals. During his cancer treatment, Herb freely shared his deep faith with medical personnel and fellow patients. He was a living testament to the apostle Paul’s maxim, “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.”
Herb was preceded in death by his parents Alfred and Vivian, siblings Dorothy Mock, Fred Mock, Eunice Kohlmeyer, Lois Tervo, and Phil Mock. Living to cherish his memory are his wife Eunice, his son Aaron and wife Angel, his son Josh and wife Laurel, grandchildren Carter, Lillie, Levi, and Clara Mock, his sister Debbie (Bill) Kokaska and his brother David (Nancy) Mock, numerous nieces and nephews, special friends Robert and Vickie Vitek, and his much loved dog Charley.
As Herb entered the kingdom of Heaven, we can imagine that he heard God’s voice declaring, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” May Herb’s life of service, love, and dedication to his faith continue to inspire those who look forward to a reunion with him in eternity.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 11th at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. The family will be receiving guests beginning at 12:30 p.m. with burial to follow at the Church cemetery. A luncheon will be served after the interment.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society, Lutheran Hour Ministries, or the charity of choice.