Bennie Walter Bock, II | Obituaries

Bennie Walter Bock, II, longtime New Braunfels resident and former Texas State Consultant, handed peacefully at his house surrounded by family members on June 29, 2022, on the age of 80. A seventh technology Texan, Bennie was a passionate public servant, businessman, lawyer, and rancher.

Bock was born in Lockhart, Texas, on Might 17, 1942, and moved to New Braunfels on the age of three. A 1960 graduate of New Braunfels Excessive Faculty, he went on to earn his Bachelors of Enterprise Administration from The College of Texas at Austin in 1964 and his Juris Doctorate from St. Mary’s Legislation Faculty in 1968.  He labored for the Texas Legal professional Normal’s Workplace after graduating from legislation college.

In 1964, Bennie met Austin native Kathy Holmberg on a blind date, and her blue eyes mesmerized him.  The 2 hit it off and had been married in 1965, making their house in Austin. 4 years later they had been blessed with a daughter, Suzanne, and Bennie moved the younger household again to New Braunfels the place he would observe legislation.  Kathy and Bennie welcomed their second daughter, Lucretia, in 1974.

Bennie was elected to the Texas Home of Representatives and held that workplace from 1972-1983, representing Comal, Guadalupe, and Caldwell counties.  Throughout his time within the legislature, Bennie made many vital contributions. He wrote and handed vital state legal guidelines in transportation, agriculture, historic preservation, parks and wildlife, and the tax and liquor industries, in addition to strengthening legal guidelines towards drug sellers and passing reconstitution {of professional} boards governing physicians, dentists, attorneys, and land surveyors.  He served as the primary Home Chairman of the Sundown Advisory Fee, served on the Liquor Regulation Committee (1975-79, Chairman), and the Environmental Affairs Committee (1980-82, Chairman).  He was the one member of the Texas Legislature to override a Governor’s veto within the final 76 years.  Within the 1978 Particular Session, he launched an modification to “Abolish Texas Property Taxes” which misplaced within the Home by three votes.  The next 12 months, he was voted the Most Conservative of all Home Members (whereas a Democrat) by the School Republicans. He later turned a Republican and made an unsuccessful run for the Texas Senate in 1986 in a hotly contested race. 

After his time within the legislature, Bennie lobbied for the Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Affiliation (TSCRA), raised and confirmed reducing horses and racehorses, and owned or operated many companies together with Seguin Motor Firm (which earned the President’s Award twice beneath his management), KWED 1580 AM radio station in Seguin, Pinwheel Ranch and continued to keep up a legislation observe, in addition to different entities.           

He was concerned in lots of organizations which served the residents of Texas and his neighborhood of New Braunfels: Texas Good Roads Affiliation (2003-05); Texas Legislative Convention (2002, Chairman), and member of the Preparations Committee (1983-2022); Director of the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Affiliation; former Chairman, Labor & Immigration Committee; former President, New Braunfels Sophienburg Museum & Archives; former President, New Braunfels Industrial Basis; Life Member, College of Texas Ex-College students Affiliation; Life Member, American Quarter Horse Affiliation; President & Chairman, Creedmoor-Maha Water District. Bennie was honored with Convention Dedication on the 52nd Annual Texas Legislative Convention in 2018 and was awarded the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Honor Award in 2019.

The true joys of Bennie’s life had been his religion and his household.  A longtime follower of Jesus, Bennie was a lay reader at St. John’s Episcopal Church and not too long ago turned a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.  The Caleb Bible Examine was an enormous a part of his life and met at his Mill Road Artwork Gallery workplace.  Bennie was preceded in demise by his dad and mom Sue and Bennie Walter Bock, Sr.; his spouse Katharyn Holmberg Bock; and his daughter Lucretia Carole Bock.  He’s survived by his daughter Suzanne Bock Badger, son-in-law Brian Edmond Badger, and niece Elizabeth Carterette Holmberg.  He adored being “Papi” to granddaughter Rachel Carterette Badger, and his namesake, grandson Benjamin Neal Badger, who additionally survive him.  He leaves behind many cousins and devoted pals.  His love of storytelling about politics, artwork, and horses over a superb meal of Black’s Barbeque can be missed by all.

Bennie can be buried on the Texas State Cemetery, 909 Navasota St., Austin, TX, with a graveside service on Thursday, July 14, 2022, at 11:00 a.m.  A Celebration of Life can be held later that afternoon, at 3:30 p.m., at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 777 W. San Antonio St., New Braunfels, TX.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope Hospice of New Braunfels, 611 N. Walnut Ave., New Braunfels, TX 78130 or to his nonprofit school scholarship fund, Ephesus Basis, 387 W. Mill St., New Braunfels, TX 78130. To depart a message for the household, please go to and choose obituaries.

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