Donald K. Schrock, Jr., 53, of Jay, Maine, passed away on Feb. 11, 2013, following complications from a life-long illness of primary immune deficiency disease.
He was born on July 27, 1957, in North Tonawanda, N.Y., the son of Donald (Kerm) and Janet (Kiehl) Schrock, Sr. of Winthrop, Maine, and both formerly of Punxsutawney.
He was the grandson of Gene and Hazel (Stahlman) Kiehl and Ezra and Jeanette (Snyder) Schrock, all life-long residents of the Punsxy area until their passings.
Don and his sister, Teri (of Topsham, Maine), grew up in North Tonawanda, but considered Pennsylvania a second home.
It was here where Don’s love of family and the outdoors began.
And it is here where his life will be celebrated and he will be laid to rest.
Many family gatherings occurred at the home of Gene and Hazel Kiehl … aunts, uncles, cousins, great grandparents, extended families … all were part of Don’s childhood.
Visits to Grandpa Schrock’s farm and in town to see Grandma Schrock were all part of the visits.
It did not matter if it was a holiday, following a summer camping and sightseeing excursion, or just because … all were looked forward to.
A most special time was hunting with his Grandpa Kiehl and his Dad.
Many an adventure occurred in the woods in the Worthville and Sprankle Mills area.
Don and his family moved to Jay, Maine, in 1976, when his father was transferred with International Paper.
The outdoors of Maine suited him perfectly.
He graduated from Jay High School in 1979, and then from Central Maine Community College in June 1981, with an associate in architectural engineering.
After several years with a private architectural firm, he began work at IP, like his father and grandfather Schrock before him.
It is there he stayed for the next 28 years … learning every aspect of the paper industry.
Don also discovered a love of bass fishing and enjoyed teaching others. There are many boys and girls who held a fishing pole for the first time with Don’s guidance.
His boat was a fixture at his parent’s lake house.
Along with his Dad, he was a member of the Bronzeback Maniac Fishing Club for 20 years.
A tournament held on Saturday, June 8, on Sabattus Lake was dedicated to Don’s memory.
Along the journey, there was always time for his entertaining companions, Shelties Shasta and Kori.
He shared his love of sports with his lifelong friend and sister, Teri … there was always talk of Red Sox baseball, Buffalo Bills football and Buffalo Sabres hockey.
And at the center of all of it … Mom’s home cooking!
Don married the former Sylvia Janelle on Aug. 11, 1997, and became the step-father to three children, Angel, Matthew and Thomas.
And then came six grandchildren.
He embraced his role as husband, father and grandfather with the values that had been instilled in him right along. He never lost sight of family, old or new, near or far.
In addition to his family in Maine, Don is survived by two aunts, Garnet (Kiehl) McConnaughey of Ransomville, N.Y., and Merenia Schrock of Punxsy.
He was preceded in death by his aunt, Marilyn (Kiehl) Couch of Indiana, Pa.; three uncles, Clayton Schrock of Punxsutawney, Earl (Mort) Schrock of Rossiter and Merle Schrock of Deltona, Fla.
He is also survived by many cousins and extended family.
Don had always hoped to have a family gathering in Pennsylvania.
It is with this in mind that a celebration of his life will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Worthville Cemetery with the Reverend Roger Howard presiding.
Don will be buried alongside his grandparents, Gene and Hazel Kiehl.
It is the resting place of six generations of family … delphiniums will mark their gravesites.
Following the graveside service, there will be a picnic luncheon and continued celebration of his life at the Silver Canoe Campground in Rural Valley.
Don’s parents, sister and close family members will be in the area and camping the week prior to this celebration.
Please come by … all are welcome.
In honor and memory of Don, and his life-long battle with primary immune deficiency disease, donations to the Immune Deficiency Foundation, 40 West Chesapeake Ave., Suite 308, Towson, MD 21204 are gratefully appreciated.