Bock Shew Lee, age 88, loving father and adoring husband to wife Joyce, passed into glory in the early hours of July 14th after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Bock was born in Toisan, China on October 3rd, 1933 to Chong Shew and Ngon Woon Lee. Bock was the second son but was raised as an only child as his older brother passed away while Bock was young. Bock immigrated to the United States as a teenager and while he faced challenges as an immigrant and an English learner, Bock graduated from Sacramento High School and later joined the Army (1st Division, Fort Ord). He was proud to serve his country and enjoyed his time in Germany. Upon his honorable discharge from the Army, Bock married Joyce, whom he met and courted two years earlier. Their dream of having a large family started quickly, with Marvin (Avelin) being born before their first anniversary. Their family continued to grow with Norman Diana, Gene (Christine) and Owen (Grace).
Bock spent over 35 years in the grocery business and made many great friends during his career. Bock worked hard to provide for his family and to ensure his children and grandchildren had opportunities - such as higher education. Bock didnât have the opportunity to earn a college degree but he was a lifelong learner â taking advantage of his GI bill at the local community college and âlearn by doingâ. Later in life, Youtube became his classroom and Google his library.
Bock was well known in the neighborhood as the âgo to guyâ for the elderly or the recent immigrants trying to navigate the government system. He always had time to share his advice and would often end up being the Maytag man, the Roto Rooter man or an Uber driver for his neighbors. His industrious lifestyle was replicated in his involvement with the Lee Association of Sacramento, managing the associationâs rental property and being their handyman.
Above all, Bock valued and cherished his family. Although he enjoyed vacationing and traveling, it was time with family and friends that meant the most to him. Bock loved spending time with his grandchildren; Larissa, Noah, Ethan, Jolina, Faith, Connor, and Hope. They brought him joy and laughter At the end of his life, what he desired most was to be surrounded by family and to make sure his wife was well taken care of.
In the weeks prior to his passing, God orchestrated the perfect event as many family members were gathered around his bedside as he professed faith in Jesus and declared his need for Christ. God, in His mercy and grace, even answered Bockâs request that his suffering be short and that he die in a skilled nursing facility. He passed peacefully into the presence of His Savoir, one day after admittance to ACC nursing facility.
Donations and remembrances can be made to the following organizations:
ACC (Asian Community Center)
7375 Park City Dr,
Sacramento, CA 95831
American Cancer Society
1545 River Park Dr Ste 100,
Sacramento, CA 95815
Lee Association â Sacramento
2014 9th Steet, Apt A
Sacramento, CA 95818