|Birth: ||Apr. 7, 1898|
|Death: ||May 12, 1923|
Joe was born in Seward, Nebraska to Israel R. Bockoven and Sarah Frances Henion. He committed suicide in Wolbach, Nebraska when he was 25 years old.
Joe C. Bockoven Takes Own Life
Well Known Young Man Leaves No Word as to Cause Leading to Self-Destruction
Saturday this community was shocked when word was passed around the Joe Calvin Bockoven, aged 25, had died suddenly as a result of a self-administered dose of strychnine. The news came as a shock, as the young man was in town the day before and was greeting and meeting his friends as usual. As near as we are able to obtain the facts Mr. Bockoven had but recently returned home after an absence of some duration. He went to the home of his mother and brother some two miles east of town. On Saturday morning he arose and asked his mother to make him some toast for breakfast. His mother complied with his request and he ate heartily. About 10 that morning Mrs. Bockoven, the mother, went to the mail box, leaving her son alone. A few minutes later she found him undressed, in bed and in convulsions. He lived but about an hour after her return to the house. He made no statement of any kind and left no word to anyone and the cause of his decision to leave these earthly cares will no doubt never be known. It is known, however, that he had prepared for self-destruction and only awaited the time when his mother went to the mail box, thus leaving him in the home alone. County Attorney Howard was called as acting coroner and learned that the young man's death occurred as a result of a dose of strychnine self-administered.
Joe Calvin Bockoven was born at Seward, Nebr., on April 7, 1898 and departed this life at his home near Wolbach, Neb., on May 12, 1923, aged 25 years, 1 month and 5 days. He leaves to mourn his death his mother, Mrs. S.F. Bockoven, three sisters, Mrs. C.J. DeLeat of Kearney, Neb., Mrs. Charles Moore of Reynolds, Neb., and Mrs. John Lind of Wolbach, Neb., four brothers, Charles and John of Lincoln, Neb., William of Aurora, Neb., and Bert at home. Mrs. DeLeat and Mrs. Moore were unable to be present at the funeral. Funeral services were held at the home two miles east of Wolbach on Monday, May 14, 1923 at 2:00 o'clock p.m. Rev R.A. White read the burial service and delivered the sermon from John 14:1. Mrs. H.G. Adams, Mrs. E.H. Davis, Mrs. A.H. Holm and Mrs. John Fox did the singing. The remains were laid to rest in Hillside cemetery in Wolbach. While the family has lived near Wolbach only about two years, they have nevertheless made many friends, all of whom most deeply sympathize with the members of the family in their sore bereavement.
CARD OF THANKS – We wish to thank the friends and neighbors for their kindness during the illness and death of our beloved son and brother. Also for the floral offerings and the ladies who did the singing.
--Mrs. S.F. Bockoven and Children.
-obituary, Wolbach Messenger (May 17, 1923)
Israel R Bockoven (1842 - 1915)
Sarah Frances Henion Bockoven (1850 - 1939)
[This grave is unmarked.]
Plot: Block 2, Lot 55
Maintained by: Trish Coate
Originally Created by: Linda Berney
Record added: Oct 29, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 60835351
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