J. Walter Brock
Brock, J. Walter Muskegon J. Walter Brock, died peacefully at home on January 9, 2017 at the age of 77. He is survived by his wife, Lana (Turner) Brock; two daughters, Megan (Chris) Foote and Marisa (Edward) Green; four grandchildren, Kelsey Foote, Sydney Foote, Oliver Green and Eleanor Green; a brother, Thomas S. Brock (Bonnie); and a sister, Katherine McGinnis (Charles). He is preceded in death by his parents, John Francis Brock and Elna (Rickwalt) Brock. Walter was born on February 6, 1939 in Caro, Michigan. He met his wife, Lana, in junior high school and they enjoyed 56 years, 7 months, and 12 days of love and spats. He graduated in 1957 from Caro High School. After high school, he attended General Motors Institute and received a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1961. Following GMI, he attended University of Michigan Law School, graduating in 1965. Walter was never complacent, never bored and always curious. He was a successful attorney beginning his law career as a clerk with the Federal District Court in Grand Rapids, Michigan and practicing law for over 30 years with the McCroskey Law Firm in Muskegon, Michigan. He was extremely dedicated to his law practice, litigating cases on behalf of plaintiffs in courts all the way up to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition to his work as an attorney, he passionately pursued a myriad of hobbies including running, squash, tennis, racquetball, pickleball, bird hunting, fishing, tying flies, building and handcrafting wooden boats, photography and writing. He self-published his memoirs in 2011 and a novel in 2013. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family and his dogs. Walter was a very busy man--until disease caused him to give up his endeavors, he never met a day he didn't love. He was extremely proud of his children and grandchildren and all of their accomplishments. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 27, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. at The Lee Chapel, 6291 Harvey St, Norton Shores, Michigan, 231-798-1100. A Celebration of Walter's life will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 11 a.m at The Lee Chapel. Luncheon immediately to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104 and C3 Exchange Spiritual Community, 950 Taylor Ave., Grand Haven, MI 49417. Share memories with the family at www.sytsemafh.com .
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