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Stanley Bockewitz (Class of 1971) - 2023 Hall of Fame Inductee

Stan “The Man” Bockewitz was an all-around athlete who graduated with the Class of 1971.

He played all three years of football, basketball, and baseball. Stan played the positions of quarterback, forward, and pitcher. He was the MVP of the baseball team. Stan was also his Homeroom President all three years and was a member of the Boys Major Letter Club.

Stan was drafted by the Oakland A’s baseball team in the spring of 1971 as a left-handed pitcher. He started playing minor league baseball after graduation. Stan played with Oakland’s A, AA, and AAA teams. Stan also played baseball with Cleveland on their AA team for a year and ended his baseball career in 1978.

After baseball Stan worked for the City of Pana with the Street and Water Departments. In 1989, Stan moved to Kewanee, Illinois where he worked at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Using that experience and knowledge, Stan started his own company, Bock Wastewater Treatment Contracting Inc. in the fall of 1992 in Kewanee.

Stan continues operating the Kewanee Wastewater Plant, the Kewanee Water Plant, and the Knoxville, Illinois Wastewater Plant.

Stan married his high school sweetheart, Susan Dossett, and they are the proud parents of Brandon (Liz), Luke (Andrea), and Ryan (Tiffany). They have four granddaughters, Kalina, Claire, Marin, and Kate, whom they enjoy immensely.

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