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John Alton Rock,

John Alton Rock, 83, lifelong Superior area resident, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2008, at St. Luke's Hospital, Duluth. He was born March 12, 1924, in Superior to John and Jessie Mae (Harding) Rock. He graduated from Central High School in 1942 and fro...

John Alton Rock, 83, lifelong Superior area resident, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2008, at St. Luke's Hospital, Duluth.

He was born March 12, 1924, in Superior to John and Jessie Mae (Harding) Rock.

He graduated from Central High School in 1942 and from there he enlisted into the Navy. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the South Pacific.

Upon returning after the war he entered Superior State Teachers College and graduated with a bachelor of science degree. While attending college, he worked on the railroad as a fireman.

John was employed as a supervisor for Murphy Oil Company retiring in 1986 after 33 years of service.

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He married Ruth Murray on Aug. 4, 1948, at Cathedral of Christ the King Catholic Church, Superior and celebrated 57 years of marriage before her death in 2005.

He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. His other memberships included the VFW, Over the Hill Gang Group at Nemadji Golf Course, and the Brule River Sportsman's Club. He enjoyed bird and deer hunting and fly fishing on the Brule River.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth.

John is survived by three daughters, Dr. Ann M. (and the late Ron Kaziukewicz) Rock, Duluth, Carolyn R. (Charles R.) Hurley, Duluth and Catherine Rock, Duluth; two sons, John Michael (Kathy Moy) Rock, Sun Prairie and Thomas Anthony (Diana) Rock, New London; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one sister, Lois J. Aspdal, Gordon.

Visitation begins after 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 in the Downs-LeSage Funeral Home where a 7 p.m. prayer service is scheduled.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church with the Rev. James Tobolski as celebrant.

Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery with military honors by the Duluth Combined Color Guard.

Pallbearers for the service will be Edward Alberg, Ed Priem, John Theisen, Michael Zicus and Mark Goellner, M.D.

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Should friends desire, memorials may be made to St. Francis Xavier Church, Superior.

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