WARREN - Charles D. Brock Sr., 75, of Warren, passed away at his residence on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013.
Charles was born July 22, 1938, in Mineral Ridge to parents Ray Lester and Clara Mae Brock.
After graduation from Mineral Ridge High School, Charles entered the United States Navy, where he proudly served for 13 years before being honorably discharged.
Charles married Jean Cramer on April 17, 1973.
He was a longtime steelworker, retiring in 2006.
Anyone who is familiar with country western music knew Charles. He was an accomplished guitarist who played with all the major names, such as Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Freddie Fender and many more. He was also the opening act for George Jones at Ponderosa Park.
When not playing guitar, Charles could be found watching NASCAR or attending swap meets. He was also very proud to be a Master Mason.
Charles loved his family more than anything else. He leaves to cherish his memory 13 children, sons Charles (Deborah) Brock Jr., Ray Brock, William (Cheryl) Brock, Jesse (Judee) Patterson and Matthew (Brenda) Patterson; daughters Michele Pankuch, Clara Mundell, Kimberly (Jack) McGill, Christina Gonzales, Julie (Chris) Galchick and Melissa (Richard) Hayes; brothers William Brock and Chuck Champlin; 22 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Jean; his parents, Ray and Clara Brock; and his brother, Tom.
A memorial will be held at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery honoring Charles' service to his country.
Family and friends may view this obituary and send condolences online at lanefuneralhomes.com.