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November 25, 2012
Messenger News

Thelia M. Jacox, 94, of Fort Dodge, passed away peacefully in her home on Friday, November 23, 2012.

The service honoring Thelia's life will be 11:00 a.m. on Thurs-day, November 29 at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Nancy A. De Vries officiating. The family will greet friends from 10:30 a.m. until service time on Thursday at the church. Memorials may be directed to Presbyterian Women at First Presbyterian Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Gunderson Funeral Home & Cremation Services.

Thelia Marie Bock, the daughter of Edward John and Maude (Juday) Bock, was born November 10, 1918 in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She attended school at Fort Dodge graduating from high school in1936. Thelia graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa in 1940. She was a home economist and took a job with Junket Brand Food Products in Little Falls, New York. This is where Thelia met Fred Jacox. On July 12, 1945, Thelia was united in marriage to Fred Jacox in Fort Dodge. Thelia and Fred moved into a small apartment in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she gave birth to John in 1946 and Jeff in 1949 while Fred attended and graduated from Michigan State University. Upon graduation Thelia and family moved to Fort Dodge where Fred went to work for Bock Bros. Welding Supply Co. owned by her father Ed Bock. Ed Bock died in 1953 and in 1956 Thelia and Fred purchased Bock Bros. Welding Supply Co. with Thelia as the company treasurer. When they passed the business on to their sons in the late seventies Fred and Thelia retired. Thelia and Fred enjoyed traveling and taking cruises to points around the world. Fred and Thelia were married 66 years.

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Thelia was a member of First Presbyterian Church, active in Presbyterian Women's Church Circle, and she kept up with her college Chi Omega sorority. Thelia enjoyed playing bridge, doing crafts, and collecting clocks and little decorative boxes.

She is survived by her son John (Philomena) Jacox, Fort Dodge; granddaughter Erica (Joe) Allen; and two great-grandchildren, Anthony and Nicholas of Bettendorf, Iowa. Thelia was preceded in death by her parents, her son Jeffrey, her brother Edward John Bock II, and by her husband Fred.



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