Age at Death:85
Date of Birth:5 Dec 1924
Birth Place:Winona, Missouri,
Date of Death:17 May 2010
Source Location:Worland, Wyoming,
Children:Bonnie Gardner of
Jefferson City, MO; Vicki (Brian) Boaz of St. Roberts, MO; Beverly (Tom) DeSomber of Ten Sleep, WY; Jo Bockman
of Worland, WY; Carla (Billy) Norris of Winona, MO; and Sally (Steve) Craft of
[Alma Bonnie Chronister Bockman]
Brothers and Sisters:Alyne
Dailey of Winona, MO; Fred, Paul, Don, C.M
Full Obituary:Obituary Ervin Bockman Obituary Ervin C. Tinker Bockman
May 17, 2010 Ervin Carl Tinker Bockman, 85 year old,
Worland resident, passed away May 17, 2010 at the Washakie Medical Center in
Worland. Tinker was born in Winona,
Missouri to Arthur Otto and Alma
Bonnie (Chronister) Bockman
on December 5, 1924. Tinker grew up in Missouri.
He followed the timber business from Missouri
to Colorado, then to Oregon
and later to Wyoming,
where he settled, working in the timber with Jess Vandarsdall.
He and his brothers operated one of the largest logging camps (Bockman Timber Camp) in Colorado from the early 50s to the early
70s. He married Irene Karns in Gould, Colorado.
To this union two daughters were born, Bonnie and Vicki. Later, he married
Dorothy Vanarsdall of Gould, Colorado.
To this union four more daughters were born, Beverly, Jo, Carla and Sally.
Tinker was a remarkable fly fisherman; he loved to fish, especially if it was
with his best friend and companion Tuffie. Oh the
stories they could tell. He was given the nickname Tinker because of his
mechanic abilities. He was always tinkering with anything that had a gas
engine. Such as his diesel engines, wood trucks and power saws. Tinker also was
a heavy equipment operator, building numerous logging roads, timber camps and
oil field locations. He loved to travel, say the word and he would be in the
vehicle packed and waiting on you! He never met a stranger. His motto was treat
people like you want to be treated. He lived by that, with his many friends and
family as proof. His love for all of Gods creatures was apparent in his
surroundings; he befriended all the woodland creatures any where he went. He
loved to watch the baby owls each year at his place. Another unique attribute
of Tinker was that he like to celebrate BOTH his birthdaysAccording
to him, Thanks to President Bush and those darn Republicans, they messed up his
birthday on his drivers license. So, being the generous person he was, he
decided that since he had been given another birthday, he was going to enjoy it
with another party and cake! He was preceded in death by his parents, and five
brothers, Fred, Paul, Don, C.M.; and Thomas Bockman.
Tinker is survived by his daughters: Bonnie Gardner of Jefferson
City, MO; Vicki (Brian) Boaz of
St. Roberts, MO; Beverly (Tom) DeSomber of Ten Sleep,
WY; Jo Bockman of Worland, WY;
Carla (Billy) Norris of Winona, MO; and Sally (Steve) Craft of Worland. He is
also survived by one sister: Alyne Dailey of Winona,
MO; grandchildren: Shane Sexton of Arizona; Tina Sexton of Colorado Springs,
CO; Jeff Boaz of NC; Jason Norris of Winona, MO; Randy Bodray
of Great Falls, MT; Wyatt Bodray of Cheyenne, WY;
Ashley Craft of Worland, WY; Megan Craft of Billings, MT; Nicholas, Zeb and Joseph Craft all of Worland, WY; 13
great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Memorial
services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, May 21, 2010 at the Bryant Funeral
Home Chapel. Inurnment will take place at 3:00 p.m. at the Ten Sleep Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Wyoming Wildlife Foundation in care of
Bryant Funeral Home, PO Box 524,
Worland, WY 82401.