February 24, 1956 - August 5, 2021
Richard (“Rick”) Brock, 65, of Grovetown, Georgia passed away at home on August 5, 2021 after battling Multiple Sclerosis, end-stage renal disease, and colon cancer.
Rick was born in Indiana and graduated from Adam Central High School in 1974. After a short stint at Perdue University, he enlisted in the United States Navy to see the world.
After bootcamp, Rick was assigned to the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, where he began his career as a Hospital Corpsman. A few years later, Rick was caring for a woman who showed him a picture of her granddaughter, Sheree. After Rick commented on the picture, the woman offered up Sheree’s address to Rick. Rick sent Sheree a card, which she has to this day. Rick and Sheree eventually met, and Rick proposed after only 3 months. They were married in 1979. Their daughter, Jennifer, was born in 1980, and their son, Dylan, in 1983.
In 1986, while still on active duty as a pharmacy technician at Moffett Air Station, and dad to two small children, Rick graduated from San Jose State with his Bachelors of Science in Health Care Management.
While serving at Naval Base San Diego aboard the USS Peoria, Rick completed a circumnavigation of the globe in 1989. The USS Peoria departed San Diego in January 1989 and sailed through the Strait of Malacca, the Suez Canal, and the Panama Canal, with ports of call in the Philippines, Bahrain, Sicily, Spain, St. Croix, Panama, and Guatemala, before returning to San Diego in June 1989.
During Rick’s spare time in California, he enjoyed taking his kids to Coronado Beach and to Disneyland where he tried to convince everyone that one day he would pull out the Sword in the Stone.
In 1991, Rick graduated from the George Washington University Physician Assistant Program. After graduation, Rick received his Commission as a United States Naval Officer.
In 1992, Rick was transferred to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii where he served as a Physician Assistant aboard the USS Cimarron (AO-177). While in Hawaii, Rick enjoyed taking his family to the beach and attempting to bodysurf while his family watched on with amusement. During his deployment on the USS Cimarron, Rick crossed the equator and was transformed from a Pollywog to a Shellback and was initiated into the Solemn Mysteries of the Ancient Order of the Deep in a line-crossing ceremony. For this, he received a laminated card which he always kept in his wallet.
In 1994, Rick was transferred to Kings Bay, Georgia where he served as a Physician Assistant at the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay medical clinic. Since he loved treating kids, Rick obtained his Masters of Science in Pediatric Medicine from Nebraska University. With any free time, you would find him at the local catfish pond.
In 1998, Rick was transferred to his favorite duty station, Naval Air Station Key West, where he served as a Physician Assistant. It was here that Rick truly lived the Parrothead lifestyle enjoying Duval Street, sunsets at Mallory Square, and fishing off the back dock.
In 2000, after 23 years of service, Rick medically retired from the United States Navy with the rank of Lieutenant along with the two Navy Achievement Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, two Sea Service Deployment ribbons, and an ESWS ribbon.
Rick retired to Augusta, GA. In his retirement, Rick continued to be an avid sports fan. He was a devoted New York Yankees fan, along with Hoosiers basketball, the Jacksonville Jaguars, of which he became a fan during their inaugural season in 1995, and the Georgia Bulldogs. He also got to experience the majesty of The Masters twice.
In 2008, during its last year, Rick made it to Yankee Stadium to watch a game and attend a private tour of Monument Park. Rick could not have made this trip without the assistance of Ricardo, one of his longtime caregivers.
He also enjoyed attending Jimmy Buffett concerts when they were still at Lakewood in Atlanta, GreenJacket games in Augusta, and Georgia football games in Athens. Rick particularly enjoyed Bark at the Park when he could bring his little dog, Bella, to the GreenJacket games. Pre-pandemic, Rick would go to the movies every week and Sheree would groan at his movie choices.
Rick is survived by his devoted wife of 42 years, Sheree; daughter, Jennifer (Tony); sister, Lori; and mother-in-law, Lynn. Rick is predeceased by his son, Dylan; his parents, Otis and Donna; and his sister, Nikki.
The family would like to thank Rick’s caregivers, Ricardo Pollard and Brenda Scruggs, who have been with him for the last 10-15 years. The family would also like to thank the medical staff at Eisenhower Army Medical Center, and Melissa Street, a social worker at Eisenhower who always advocated for Rick.
At the appropriate time, the funeral will be held at Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you schedule your colonoscopy.
After a 15-year battle with chronic conditions, Rick is finally enjoying a cold draft beer and cheeseburger in paradise.