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Former school superintendent remembered for love of students

Edward Stock

Edward Stock

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Updated: August 3, 2013 6:22AM

BURLINGTON — It was obvious that former Burlingon Central Community Unit School District Superintendent Edward Stock loved children, and “it showed in everything that he did,” according to Lloyd Stover, who recently retired from the District 301.

If it wasn’t obvious from the fact the superintendent returned to the classroom as a teacher before retiring in the 1990s, it was to his students, Stover said.

He had had Stock as his biology teacher during the 1970-71 school year at Central High School in Burlington.

“The kids really enjoyed Mr. Stock. He was a no-nonsense teacher, but he really related well with the students,” Stover said.

Stock died Tuesday, June 25, at age 81.

The former superintendent had started his teaching career in District 301 as a biology teacher and coach, according to information provided by Laird Family Funeral Services. He later became principal of Central High School in the middle of the 1970-71 school year, and two years later he became superintendent of the district.

Before retiring, though, he returned to the classroom as a science teacher at Canton Middle School in Streamwood, part of neighboring Elgin School District U46.

“Even when he was principal, he enjoyed walking down the hallways talking to students. That was one of the areas he really excelled in,” Stover said.

From Chicago

Stock was born Feb. 12, 1932, in Chicago, the son of Edward Charles and Agnes (Svaboda) Stock, according to Laird.

He graduated from LaGrange High School in LaGrange before earning a degree in education from Illinois State University in 1954, it said.

He later attended the University of Illinois and Northern Illinois University, where he received a master’s in counseling and certificates of advanced studies in education.

Stock was a not only a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church in Elgin, but also a member of the original congregation who planned and built the present church, Laird said.

He also enjoyed time spent with family, baseball, history and planting trees, and he was an avid reader, according to the obituary.

Stock is survived by his devoted wife of 57 years, Carol Ann, and his children, Vicki Molander of Elgin; Kim Kein of Geneva; and Cheryl Stock of Elgin. He also leaves behind five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Laird Funeral Home, 310 S. State St. (Route 31), Elgin.

The funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Laird Funeral Home. A private burial will follow in Plato Center Cemetery in Plato Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Zion Lutheran Church, 330 Griswold St., Elgin.

For more information, call Laird Funeral Home at 847-741-8800 or

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