John Frederick Stocker 89 passed away peacefully Nov 14th surrounded by his family whom he cherished. He was proudest to say he was a true native of Wildwood Crest. Born on Lavender Road to the late Otto and Bernice Stocker he was the eldest of 7 children and a 1947 graduate of Wildwood High School. He then enlisted in the Army serving in the Korean War. Member of 65th Combat Engineer Battalion attached to the 25th Infantry Division attaining the rank of Sergeant First Class receiving occupational medal (Japan) presidential citation (ROK) Korean Service Medal w/ 5 Bronze Service Stars.
He then met and married Margaret Brailey and had 4 children. Jack worked for 35 years for New Jersey Bell Telephone where he was known as "DSS" and retired in 1987 due to illness but never stopped working . He kept busy with his business of "Stocker Ceramics" and building his many boats without the aide of diagrams. He loved the Rubber Duck Regatta and built a merry go round and ferris wheels to display the ducks. He loved helping every year with the Sunset Lake Hydrofest. As a youth he built his own boats and was the first person to water ski in Sunset Lake. He was a Charter member of the Wildwood Crest Ambulance Corp., Member of the VFW Post 3509 and New Jersey Bell Telephone Pioneers. He is predeceased by his wife of 50 years Margaret Brailey Stocker and his siblings Morton Stocker, Elaine Chase, Kay Stocker, Bernice Lindberg and brother in law Stevenson Chase. Survived by his sons Thomas (Patricia), Gary (Sharon), daughters Kathleen Thompson (David), Judy Huber (Bob) grandchildren Tom (Melissa) Stocker, Tracy (DJ) Lloyd, Heather Stocker, Kari (Shane) Nelson, Steven Thompson, Katie (Brian) Dunkle and Mackenzie Huber. Great Grandchildren Nathan Otto, and Abigail Stocker, Charlie Nelson and Parker Dunkle. His sister Arlieen (Joe) Franco of Wildwood Crest and Kenneth Stocker of Paintlick Kentucky, brother in law Wayne Lindberg of old Monroe Missouri and Doris Stocker of Erma along with many nieces and nephews. Services will be celebrated at Ingersoll-Greenwood Funeral Home 1201 Central Ave North Wildwood at 11am Friday Nov. 17. 2017 with viewing at 9:30-11. internment will be at the Veterans cemetery in Cape May Court House immediately following. Donations in his memory to Love of Linda Cancer Fund PO Box 1053 Wildwood, NJ 08260 or to the Wildwood Crest Vol Fire Dept 7100 Pacific Avenue Wildwood Crest, NJ 08260 Condolences may be sent to ingersollgreenwoodfh.com