MANKATO — Jeff DeCock, age 22, of Mankato, formerly of Lamberton died on May 16, 2017, as the result of an automobile accident near Lamberton. Visitation will be on Friday, May 19, 2017, from 2:30 to 8 p.m. at Red Rock Central High School in Lamberton and will continue on Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Springfield.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Springfield on Saturday, May 20, at 10:30 a.m. The clergy will be Father Phil Schotzko. Interment will be at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Lamberton. Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Lamberton. On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
Jeffrey Thomas DeCock was born March 24, 1995, in Springfield, to Doug and Sandy DeCock. He was the eighth of ten children and the youngest of three boys.
Jeff loved life and he lived every moment to the fullest. Jeff lived a blessed, wonderful life. He grew up in a home that was always in motion. He loved his siblings, was adored by his nieces and nephews, and always had time to come home to mom and dad. He was willing to lend a hand to anyone who needed it. Most importantly, he had a good heart, a strong faith, and a generous soul. He was truly loved, and he loved deeply.
He graduated from Red Rock Central High School in Lamberton in 2013. During his school career, he excelled as an athlete and was most at home on the basketball court. He brought so many great moments to the fans, especially his biggest fan, his mom. After high school, Jeff attended Iowa Lakes Community College for two years on a basketball scholarship. After community college, Jeff studied business management at Minnesota State University-Mankato and was a member of the Maverick track and field team. He captured indoor conference championships in the high jump and earned a trip to the national Indoor Track and Field Championships in both 2016 and 2017. Sports were truly Jeff’s passion in life.
He spent his last evening with his dad, enjoying a sunset on Lake Shetek and sharing his thoughts on God’s abundance and the beauty all around us.
He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and teammates.
Jeff is survived by his parents, Doug and Sandy DeCock of Lamberton; siblings: Heidi (Mike) Langin of Marshall, John (Kim) DeCock of Clarissa, Mary (Eric) Portner of New Ulm, Michelle (David) Van Engen of Burnsville, Andrew (Dawn) DeCock of Cokato, Sarah (Blake) Walker of Mapleton, Caitlyn (John) Dafni of Carver, Hannah, and Emily; grandparents Evie Henderson and Dorrence and Joyce DeCock of Marshall; many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews; and special friend Kalle Burney. He is preceded in death by his grandfather Donald (D.W.) Henderson.
Fly high, Jeff.