Saturday, November 21, 2009

Roy L. Rockwell Obituary

Roy L. Rockwell

October 24, 1913 ~ August 29, 2007

Roy L. Rockwell, age 93, of Mount Vernon, died on Wednesday August 29, 2007 at the Northview Senior Living Center in Johnstown, Ohio. He was born on October 24, 1913 in Mount Vernon, Ohio to the late Robert and Emma (Shehee) Rockwell. Roy was employed at Timken Roller Bearing during World War Two. He later opened Rockwell Appliance on Columbus Road in 1939 and moved to Harcourt Road in 1962, changing the name of the company to Rockwell Furniture. Mr. Rockwell retired from the furniture business in 1972 and moved to Punta Gorda, Florida where he became a successful real estate agent. He retired from real estate in 2002, at the age of 88, and moved back to Mount Vernon to be closer to his family. In 2007 he moved to Johnstown, nearer his daughter. He was a past member of the Moose and Elks Lodge of Mount Vernon.

He is survived by his loving wife of 72 years Esther (Kinney) Rockwell, a daughter, Marilyn (Charles) Parker of Johnstown, Ohio, five grandchildren, Randall Rockwell, Renee Rockwell, Mark Gatchell, Kirk Gatchell, Troy Gatchell, two step grandchildren, Amy Williams and Charlie Parker, two great grandchildren and four step great grandchildren.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by a son Russell Rockwell, a brother, Robert Rockwell, two sisters, Helen McElroy and Hazel Parker.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday September 5, 2007 at 2 PM at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home in Mount Vernon where friends may call two hours prior. Rev. Kim Alten will be officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central Ohio, 2269 Cherry Valley Road, Newark, Ohio 43055.

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