Vincent "Vinnie" Eugene Stocking, age 85, passed away on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 in Traverse City. Vince was born Aug. 26, 1931 to Vernie and Corrine Stocking in Detroit.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954, and on Oct. 19, 1957 he married Barbara Anne Fuller at St. Raymond's Parish in Detroit.
Vince opened the first American Copper & Brass outfit in Traverse City on Duell Road. He also won Top Salesman of the Year Award for U-Haul company downstate in Southgate before moving to Kingsley, where he bought the Mox Hardware store in 1972. He loved selling and meeting people.
Vince loved to talk, make people laugh and always loved finding a funny story he could read aloud at The Rock in Kingsley. He loved baseball, especially the Tigers, and started the Kingsley Softball League in the 1980s. He also adored Big Band music, traveling, especially to Grand Marais in the Upper Peninsula, and camping with his brothers and cousins.
Vince especially loved his family and will be missed by them all.
Vince is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Robert (Charlene) Stocking, Steven (Carol) Stocking, Donald (Penny) Stocking, Elizabeth (Keith) Stewart, Richard Stocking and Christine Marshall; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and siblings, Jerome, John and Patricia.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Tom and Jim.
Visitation will take place Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m., with a rosary being prayed at 7:30 p.m., at Covell Funeral Home in Kingsley. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 at St. Mary's of Hannah Catholic Church, at 11 a.m., with visitation at 10:30 a.m. Committal will take place immediately following the service at St. Mary's of Hannah Cemetery with a luncheon to follow at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's of Hannah, 2912 W. M-113, Kingsley, MI 49649 or to The Rock of Kingsley, 115 E. Blair St., Kingsley, MI 49649.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Kingsley.
Published on August 18, 2017