Gerald L. Rockwell, 81, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on January 6, 2019, under the care of Hospice of Jackson County at Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.
A celebration of Gerald's life will be held at 11:45 A.M., Thursday, January 10, 2019, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Burial will be at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa Cemetery, with military honors.
Gerald Leroy Rockwell was born on April 9, 1937 in Jackson County, Iowa, to Clifford and Sabina (Rommert) Rockwell of rural Maquoketa. He graduated from Onslow High School in 1954. Days later he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from May 1954 to May 1957. He then married Phyllis Snyder on February 14, 1958 at the Presbyterian Church in Onslow, Iowa. They enjoyed over 60 years of marriage. Gerald retired from Bird Chevrolet in Dubuque as an auto body repairman.
He was a member of the Maquoketa American Legion Post #75, 40 & 8 club, and Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club in Maquoketa. He liked traveling, hunting, fishing, spending time with friends, and took extreme pride in being with family and cherished his time with them.
Those left to honor his memory and will miss him dearly include his wife Phyllis Rockwell of Maquoketa, IA; three children, Loren (Patty) Rockwell, LeAnn (John) Widel, and Stacey (Darcie) Rockwell, all of Maquoketa, IA; seven grandchildren, Abby, Blake, Lexi, Aubrey, Jordan, Evan and Logan; several grand fur babies that he adored; and two sisters-in-law, Ethel Rockwell and Lila Snyder. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Carroll, four sisters Frances, Jeanette, Vesta and Ellen, grandson Aaron Widel, and a very close family friend Maxine Scheibe.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Gerald L. Rockwell memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be left at www.CarsonAndSon.com.
"Hello to the Rockwells, Phyllis, I read of Gerald's passing in the Quad City Times. I understand your loss and grief. May God give you strength, comfort and support. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Loretta Graham Siebke, ISTC 1956"
"So sorry to hear of Gerald's passing thoughts and Prayers to the Family"
"Phyllis and family, we are so very sorry to hear of Gerald's passing. He was such a fun loving, kind individual. I will carry all the great times we all had at the Eagle's, the casino and at the Pizza Ranch. I'm sure Donnie was waiting for him with a hot ham and cheese sandwich and a golf game! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rest in peace dear friend."
"Thinking of your family during this difficult time. May God bring you comfort and love. Julie Frankfurt and the Gutzeit Family."
"We are sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with Gerald at DTI several years ago. He always had a positive attitude and was well liked by all who worked with him. I know that all who knew him will miss him."
"Phyllis: So sorry to hear of Gerald's passing. Thoughts and Prayes to you and your family. "
"So sorry about your loss. I will always remember Gerald with a smile on his face. He was always so proud of his family. I know you will miss him so much. God bless you and your family."
"Phyllis, Stacey & Leann and Families,
So sorry to hear about the passing of your Husband/Father. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you."
"Our prayers are with Gerald's family and friends. His Mom, Sabina was a sister to Ken's mother, Henrietta(Rommert)Weuste. May the Lord be with you and give you His Peace."
"Loren sorry to hear about your father. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family."
"To the Rockwell family, So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!"
"Phyllis, LeAnn, Loren, & Stacey- so very sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to all of you."
"Loren, I'm very sorry for the loss of your Dad. My thoughts and prayers ?? are with you and your family during this difficult time.
With Sincere Sympathy,
"I know I enjoyed seeing Gerald out at Uncle Irie's during hunting season and be able to catch up and the last time I seen him he got to see how my boy was growing. He was a great man and will always be very much loved and missed by many. Rest In Peace Gerald. Fly High with all the Angels. To the Rockwell family I am very sorry for your lost.
Brandi Washburn (Lafrenz)"
"Loren and family you have my sympathy."
"So sorry to hear of Gerald's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you."
"Gerald was such a kind, warm man! I knew him and Phyllis as neighbors and they were the first family I babysat for in the 70?s. Phyllis, Loren, LeeAnn and Stacey - my thoughts are with you and your families. "