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Samuel Rock

Sept. 8, 1935-July 16, 2010

Samuel J. Rock, 74, of Waubun, died Friday, July 16, 2010 at his home.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 20 at St. Columba Episcopal Church in White Earth, with Rev. Lisa Smith, Rev. Carol "Coke" Smith, Rev. George Ross and Rev. John Rock officiating.

Friends may call from 4 p.m. Monday, July 19 until 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 20 at the White Earth Community Center in White Earth.

Interment services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 21 at Breck Memorial Episcopal Cemetery in Ponsford.

Samuel James Rock was born to Reuben and Anna (White) Rock on September 8, 1935 in Pine Point Township, rural Ponsford. He was raised and educated in Ponsford and in Park Rapids, graduating from Park Rapids High School in 1955. He received his bachelor's degree from Metro State University in St. Paul, and in 1998, was named the Metro State Outstanding Alumni. He earned his master's degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 2008.

Samuel was united in marriage to Janis French April 27, 1958 in Pine Point Township, rural Ponsford. They made their home in St. Paul, where Samuel worked for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. He later worked for the U.S. Post Office; did real estate appraisals; and served as a realty officer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Phoenix, Ariz., and in Minneapolis. He and Janis divorced.

Samuel was united in marriage to Diane Mitchell in Phoenix, Ariz., in 1977. They moved to Minneapolis and later divorced. Samuel moved to Waubun, where he was the executive director for the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. He taught at Waubun High School from 2002 to the present.

Sam enjoyed time with his grandchildren, boxing, watching college football and a good hot dog.

He was a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe and Federal Retired Employees Group, served on the board of the White Earth Tribal College and enjoyed public speaking. He was a life-long learner and believed in the value of a good education.

Survivors include two daughters, Anne Rock of Phoenix and Eve (Lee) Parmenter of Bemidji; three sons, Byron (Laura) Rock of Bemidji, Randy Rock of St. Paul and Reuben (Samantha) Rock of Memphis, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Alexis Rock, Justin Heighton, Bailey Rock and Benjamin Rock; two great grandchildren, Caleb Fogelquist and Christine Van Leeuwen; a brother, Rev. John (Hanna) Rock of Bemidji; four sisters, Mary (Andy) Favorite of Waubun, Stella Rock of Roseville, Minn., Anna (Tom) Magoris of Park Rapids and Philomine Dzorak of Mahnomen.

Preceding him in death were his son, Robert; two brothers, Melvin and Reuben; and his parents.

David-Donehower Funeral Home is serving the family. Memories may be shared online at