Kenneth Deane Pock

September 10, 2021Obituaries
Kenneth Deane Pock

Kenneth Deane Pock, of Lead, South Dakota, went to be with the Lord on September 8, 2021, after a courageous battle with COPD.

Kenneth was born June 16, 1938, in Terryville, SD, to Kenneth and Florence (Lee) Pock. During his childhood they lived in Terryville, SD, Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, Hayward, California, then returned to Terryville where he attended Lead High School. This is where he met the love of his life JoAnn Trewhella whom he married July 15, 1956, and spent the next 64 years together. They lived in Terryville, Lead, and in the early 70’s built a home on Strawberry Hill where he lived out the remainder of his life.

Kenneth worked most of his adult life for Homestake Mining Company starting at the Bowling Alley, then maintaining the waterline, Underground Pipe Crew, then he took courses to become a surveyor where he became a master of his trade and even taught classes at the South Dakota School of Mines on underground Laser Surveying. He also is a published author in a major mining journal concerning his techniques.

Many companies sought him out and tried to hire him for his skills, but his love of Black Hills had a hold on him. He finished his mining career as the Chief Mine Surveyor at Homestake until he retired. He also later worked at Super 8, Mineral Palace, and Celebrity Hotel in Deadwood.

Kenneth and JoAnn had 4 children; Robert Pock, Susan Pock (Steve) Pickard, Tacy Pock (Randy) Chrispen, and Troy (Kristi) Pock. Grandchildren; James Pock, Jordan Flack, Kayla Gorack, Nicole, Sara and Tim Rinehart, Rhea Pickard (William) Smit, Carissa Chrispen McDonald, Ryan Chrispen, Shaun (Reba) Chrispen, Calli Pock, Maisie Pock, Marena Pock, and Carissa, Helen, Sophie and Ian Collins. Great-Grandchildren; Aydon and Hunter McDonald, Chason and Parker Chrispen, Athena and Dexter Chrispen, and Marius and Ruan Smit. He will also be missed by Bella his cat and soothing companion during his health battle.

Ken is survived by his wife, JoAnn Pock; one son, Troy Pock; two daughters, Tacy Chrispen and Susan Pickard; fourteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, his oldest son, Robert Pock, grandson, James Pock, and granddaughters, Maisie and Marena Pock.

Kenneth loved spending time with his family camping, water skiing, cutting firewood, and constantly working on the family home. He was always there to help anyone that needed his assistance and asked for nothing in return. Highly respected and caring with a love for God, he can rest and breathe easily now that he is in Heaven.

A memorial has been established to benefit Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Lead and the Twin City Animal Shelter.

A celebration of life will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 11, 2021, at the Shephard of the Hills Church, 825 West Main Street, Lead, SD.

Arrangements are under the care of the Lead-Deadwood Memorial Chapel in Lead. Online condolences may be written at