Robert James “Pap” Rock, 84, of Littlestown, died Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, at Gettysburg Hospital. Born Dec. 19, 1935, in Glyndon, Md., he was the son of the late Benjamin and Helen (Sites) Rock. He was the devoted husband of the late Doris Ellen (Bollinger) Rock. She passed in 2003.

Bob was a plumber by trade. He was employed by Stanley King Plumbing in Taneytown for almost 40 years. He also worked at McGregor Printing in Westminster, Fort Detrick in Frederick and ACE Hardware in Littlestown.

He was a proud veteran of the United States Army National Guard. Bob was a member of Hesson-Snider American Legion Post 120 in Taneytown and Littlestown Eagles Aerie.

He enjoyed woodworking, camping, fishing, hunting, crabbing, collecting model trucks, gardening, being outdoors and working on sprint car and watching NASCAR racing. More than anything, he loved spending time with his family and his dog Bo.

Surviving are his daughter Patty Smith and husband Brian of Littlestown; brothers, Ben Rock and wife Gladys of Taneytown, and George Lee Rock and wife Diane of Alexandria, Va.; granddaughters, Lea Kitzmiller and husband Mike of Littlestown, and Kara Glass of Hanover, Pa.; great-grandchildren, Myles and Nova; and many nieces and nephews. He is also remembered by his partner of 17 years, Diane Kicas; her children, Debbie (Dave), Kevin and Doug; and her grandchildren, Andy, Tony, Ali and Ben. He was predeceased by infant daughters, Ellen Darlene and Margaret Ann; and sister Isabelle Rentsel.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at Messiah United Methodist Church, 20 Middle St., Taneytown, MD 21787, with the Rev. Richard Baker officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant U.M. Cemetery. The family will receive friends 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home, 136 E. Baltimore St., Taneytown, Md.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bob’s name may be made to Messiah U.M. Church at the above address; Hesson-Snider American Legion Post 120, 9 Broad St., Taneytown, MD 21787; or New Midway Fire Company, 12019 Woodsboro Pike, New Midway, MD 21775.

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