|Donald K. Rockwell|
|April 24, 1927 - March 04, 2012|
|Rock Island, Illinois|
|Visitation: 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday March 07, 2012 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island, Ill.|
|Funeral Service: 10:00 a.m. Thursday March 08, 2012 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island, Ill.|
|Interment: Thursday March 09, 2012 at Memorial Park Mausoleum, Rock Island, Ill. |
|Donald K. Rockwell, 84, of Rock Island, died Sunday, March 04, 2012 at Hope Creek Care Center, East Moline.|
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. on Thursday at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island. Entombment is in the Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum, Rock Island. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to a favorite charity.
Donald was born on April 24, 1927 in Galesburg, a son of Harry and Olive Duncan Rockwell. He married Phyllis Nies on July 12, 1947 in Peoria. She died Sept. 14, 2004.
Don graduated from Rock Island High School in 1945. He worked in the engineering department of the City of Rock Island and later at the International Harvester Corp. Farmall Works. Don retired from the Rock Island Arsenal, where he worked on Project REARM.
He was a WW II U.S. Navy veteran. Don was a member of the Rock Island/Milan Booster Club and participated in the Rock Island Senior Volunteer Police Program. He had been active in the Scouting program and Little League. Don enjoyed singing in church choirs and spending time with his family and friends.
Survivors include his sons and daughters-in-law, James and Nan, Grayslake, Ill., David and Teresa, Rock Island, Thomas and Marilyn, Coal Valley and Daniel and Cathy, Rock Island; grandchildren (and spouses), Benjamin (Julie) Rockwell, Philip (Randi) Rockwell, Emily (Joseph) Kane, Sarah (Kevin) Merrill, Andrew Rockwell, and Michael (Ali) Rockwell; eight great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Erin Naughton, Park Ridge, Ill; a niece, Nancy Lewis, Louisville, Ky; and his special friend, Mickey Dotson, Moline. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandsons, Joseph Daniel Rockwell and Levi James Hamilton; and his sister, Wilma Naughton.
Online condolences may be left at www.wheelanpressly.com
I have many fond memories of Don as a member of the choir at Memorial Heights United Methodist Church, where I was director. He loved to sing and had such a great attitude and sense of humor, and a strong faith too. We always enjoyed running into him around town the last several years too. He will be missed!
-- Brenda Turnbull
WE WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE ROCKWELL FAMILY. WE WANT YOU TO KNOW HOW SORRY WE ARE FOR YOUR LOSS AND THAT YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS.
-- GEORGE & BETTY MERRILL
Dear Rockwell Family,
Our thoughts and prayers will be with you. Jean and Brian Huinker
-- Jean and Brian Huinker
Love you Uncle Don, my favorite Uncle! We'll miss you. ◦And to his family please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss… my thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time
-- Tammy Rowan
Marilyn and I have nothing but fond memories of Uncle Don. He was not only our Uncle but we are proud to say, our friend. We loved him and are sorrowed to hear of his passing. Our sincere sympathy goes out to the entire Rockwell family.
-- Michael and Marilyn Nies
I am sorry for your loss. I remember many years ago family gatherings at your parents house, good memories for all of you to hold onto in this time of sorrow.
-- Kathy Lawhorn
I worked with Don in the Project REARM Office. He was such a kind and caring man and I thought the world of him. He always was talking about his family and loved them very much. You can be so very proud of Don and know how much we'll all miss him. Our blessings and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely,
-- Nancy (and Steve) Nelson
My sincere condolences to all of Don's family and friends. May his warm smile,and love he had for all his family and friends, bring you confort at this most difficult time. We will miss his smile and witt at our functions. Rest in peace friend.
-- Sandra Roeder
Our deepest and most sincere condolences to your family and friends. Don was a great part of our coffee and dinners we all shared. His smile and warmth will be sorely missed by all.
Your friends at the Cotton Mill
-- The Cotton Mill Friends
May God give you strength during this time of mourning.
-- Belle Jordan