Former Forks resident Elbridge Carl Gockerell was born May 20, 1924, in Duvall, Washington. He left our world Feb. 6, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Gloria Jean Gockerell and his sons Timothy Ryan and Daniel Glenn, along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Gock spent his last days in his home in Sequim, where he raised his sons and twin grandsons.
Gock was an intelligent man, known for his book collection and meaningful conversations. He enjoyed fishing, his garden, photography and being with his family.
Gock was the oldest of four children and the only son. His sisters were Virginia, Shirley and Joanne. He was preceded in death by his son Carl.
He lived a long and full life. There wasn’t a single person he wasn’t happy to meet. He told stories of his past and brought them to life.
He graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard as a radioman second class and in the U.S. Navy Reserve as an aviator. The U.S. Navy awarded him his wings 67 years later. His military stint began in 1942 when he enlisted in the Coast Guard. He later was called into service in March 1943 to attend boot camp in Oakland, Calif. He joined the Navy the following year and took his first flight in a Kingfisher on March 7, 1944. He retired from the DNR where he was the area boss for the Olympic Peninsula.
In his retirement, he was an avid sportsman. He enjoyed watching basketball and football with his sons and grandchildren.
His life was meaningful to everyone he met, whether that had been many years ago or just minutes prior. He placed purpose in every encounter. Gock is incredibly missed and this world is a little less bright without him in it.