Ervin Lee Rock passed from this life to the next at his home in Tahlequah on Sunday, February 3, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Ervin entered this world on October 13, 1952 at Porum, OK, the first of five children born to Cal and Sadie Rock. He graduated from Porum High School in May of 1970 and joined the Navy. Ervin served his country for over 20 years and retired Master Chief Petty Officer. A graduate of Columbia University with an MBA, Ervin valued education and was an avid reader. After retiring from the Navy Ervin served several Indian tribes in executive and HR positions, including the Cherokee Nation under Chief Joe Byrd. Ervin loved life and enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially if they were watching OU football. He was a gracious host, a wonderful cook and a loyal friend.
Those who cherish his memory include his wife, and love of his life, Pam and their two precious schnauzers, Gader and Rocky, of Tahlequah. Three loving daughters - Misty and husband Andy Long of Glenpool and their children Patrick and Alexandria. Trudi and partner David Schreiber of Mount Dora, FL and their baby that will be born in March, Allie Hope. Annie and husband Michael Page of Tahlequah and their children Bryson and Natalee. Two step-daughters, Melanie and Gina Scavone of Tahlequah and their children Derrell, Marcus, Dante and Stanley.
Ervin also leaves behind his mother, Sadie Shamblin, of Porum and four siblings. Calvin Rock and wife Joyce of Shiprock, NM. Janis Dearman and husband Tim of Wagoner. Robbie Rock and wife Anita of Porum. Janey Lindsey and husband Mark of Avery, TX. Father-in-law Martin Smith of Dunlap, Iowa. Sister-in-law Becky Schwarte and husband Larry of Denison, Iowa. Brother-in-law Martin Smith and wife Karen of Flower Mound, TX, and a multitude of nephews, nieces, family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Cal Rock of Warner.
Ervin will be laid to rest at Fort Gibson Military Cemetery on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Marcus Scavone, Derrell Scavone, and friend Gregg James, and his nephews, Chris Dearman, Jonathan Dearman, Jimmy Rock, Patrick Dearman, and Robin Rock. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.hartfuneralhome.net.
The family would like to thank HOPE Hospice for their loving care of Ervin.