Vernon Schock

vernon schock

Vernon T. Schock, 83, of Fargo, N.D. died peacefully in his home on August 14, 2022.

Vern was born in Garrison, ND on June 9, 1939 to Theodore and Ida Schock. He graduated from Garrison High School in 1957 and joined the Army later that year. Vern was a member of the Army Reserves until his discharge in 1964.

Vern had a successful career in the grocery industry that spanned 57 years. Vern started his career with the Red Owl Franchise as a stock boy when he was only 15 years old. Vern remained with Red Owl until 1985, working as an assistant store manager, store manager, operational manager, and store owner. Vern finished his grocery career in 2011, retiring as a retail counselor with Nash Finch Corporation (Spartan Nash).

Vern married Mavis Kolbo in 1960. They later divorced in 1981 and Vern married Georgia Degrugillier in 1984.

Vern was a devoted husband and father. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Vern also loved to travel. He and Georgia visited all 50 states and several other countries, often traveling with family and friends.

Vern is survived by his wife, Georgia; daughter, Barb (Buzz) Scholten; step children, Teri Wiege, Todd Degrugillier; five grandchildren, Matthew, Morgan, Brandon, Grace, Grant; sister, Lee Bitz; and nieces and nephews.

Vern was preceded in death by his mother and father; brother, Dennis; sister, Arlene; and his former wife, Mavis.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 PM on September 18 at the Moorhead Armory Event Center, 904 Center Ave, Moorhead, MN. Food and beverages will be provided. Please come and gather with friends and family to laugh, cry, and remember a wonderful man who is greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Sanford Fargo Hospice, 820 4th street N, Fargo, ND 58122 or charity of your choice.

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  1. I’m so saddened to see Mr. Schock has passed away. Always, always enjoyed our conversations at the Sun-Mart in Moorhead. He was so kind and always had a smile to share with everyone. I remember him giving me a Christmas hug as I passed him as he was leaving the store so many years ago. Blessings to the family.

  2. Our deepest sympathies in your loss. Vern was a cousin on Ida’s side. Thoughts and prayers.
    Lois Mattison Gustafson

  3. Vern was a very special person, as he was always willing to help. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Tom and Mary Pat Woodmansee.

  4. Vern was the most soft hearted person. He was a great boss.Always let you speak your peace before he spoke his.❤️

  5. To Vern’s family,
    Please accept my condolences at hearing of his passing.
    I use to know Vern and Georgia in the days of salesman club functions.
    Your family is in my prayers.

    Jan Luptak

  6. I have so many great memories of Vern, and the many fishing trips we had together. Working with Vern in the grocery business was always a treat. He came across as being very tough, but was really very soft and gentle. He will be missed.
    Greg & Suzanne Morrison

  7. I have so many wonderful memories of Vern during our time as owner of Jerry’s Jack and Jill. He was always caring, full of great advice and wanting nothing but the best for the store. My deepest sympathies to Georgia and the rest of the family.
    Terri Fischer

  8. Vern was the first boss I had when I started in the grocery business. I was in college and worked at the Red Owl in south Fargo in the 1970’s and still working today. Our paths have crossed many times over the years with him and Georgia shopping or out playing bingo. He would always take the time to visit some. He was a great man. My thoughts and prayers to the family.

  9. My thoughts and prayers to the family of Mr. Schock, especially Barb. May your memories of the times you spent with him brighten your loss.

  10. Georgia, I am in shock. I have been trying for years to get a hold of you but your landline is disconnected. My condolences to you and your family. I just found out today- Nov 29 and am so saddened to read the news. I have nothing but the fondest memories with you and Vern! Please reach out to me so we can connect again. My landline is disconnected as well. I will send you a card in the mail and hopefully you receive it. Canada post has been terrible lately.
    My email is
    Sending you and the family big hugs.

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