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Francis "Frank" E. Bockman

December 10, 1942 — June 6, 2024

Aledo, IL

Francis “Frank” Bockman, 81 of Aledo, died June 6, 2024, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, at 11:00 AM at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, Aledo. Burial will be in Aledo Cemetery. Visitation is Monday from 5 to 7 PM at Speer Funeral Home, Aledo, with a rosary recited at 4:30 PM. Memorials may be made to St. Catherine’s Catholic Church or the Mercer County Senior Center.

Francis Edward was born on December 10, 1942, in Pontiac, Illinois to Albert & Catherine (Shephard) Bockman. He served his country in the United States Navy during Vietnam. Frank married the love of his life, Thomasine Cannell on December 28, 1974, in Rockford, Illinois.

Frank dedicated his life to education, lastly serving as Interim superintendent for the Aledo School District. He had previously served as Superintendent for Westmer, Aquin (Freeport), St. Edwards (Elgin), Cherry, and Bureau Valley. Frank had also previously taught sales and marketing for the Whiteside Area Vocational Center and a work study program in Moline. He was a member of the Aledo Kiwanis Club, the +60 Club and served on the board of the Mercer County Senior Center.

Frank was a man of integrity who lived his life teaching others not only in the classroom, but also life lessons. He cherished his time with his children. He could tell a good story, had a beautiful singing voice, loved his dogs, and would tell the best "Dad jokes" to anyone who would listen.

Frank is survived by his wife, Tommie; son, Edward Bockman of Galesburg; daughter, Catherine Bockman (Joseph Stanbary) of Edgewater,FL; and a half brother, Thomas Ryerson (Deb) of Isabella, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother, Pauline Bockman; step-father, Gerald Ryerson, and a step-brother, Gene Tucker.

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Service Schedule

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Monday, June 10, 2024

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Rosary at 4:30 PM

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

St Catherine's Catholic Church

106 NE 4th St, Aledo, IL 61231

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