Irving "Rocky" Rockafellow
Irving Delos "Rocky" Rockafellow, 93, died peacefully July 4, 2019, surrounded by family. Celebrating Rocky's life, the family will greet friends from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, at Lensing Funeral and Cremation Service, 605 Kirkwood Ave.,
Iowa City. Father Dennis Martin will officiate a prayer vigil at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Iowa City with military honors performed by the
West Branch American Legion.
Rocky was born June 15, 1926, in Toeterville, Iowa, to Lawrence and Mary Lou (Springer) Rockafellow. He grew up farming with his family. He was a 1944 graduate of St. Ansgar High School. During World War II, Rocky served in the U.S. Army from August 1944 to February 1946. He was a private first class rifleman in the Rhineland Campaign. Rocky was wounded in Luxemburg, Germany, on Feb. 19, 1945. There were 50 casualties that day. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service.
On Aug. 19, 1948, Rocky married Rose Marie Boyle in Mason City. They raised 13 children together. He graduated from Hamilton School of Commerce and worked for Enbusk & Co. He continued his studies, receiving his CPA license in 1958. He worked as an accountant for Woods Auto in Sheffield and an associate for Enbusk & Co. and International Mineral and Chemical in Mason City.
Rocky moved his family to Iowa City in 1967, where he became comptroller at Mercy Hospital. After retiring in 1990, he worked the tax season for Clifton Gunderson and kept the books for Par-Tee Zone from 2006 to 2012.
His pastimes included hunting, fishing, ham radio, woodcarving, woodwork and leather work. Rocky moved to a condo in West Branch after his wife passed. He was a member of the West Branch American Legion. He enjoyed getting around West Branch on his scooter, keeping up with city council minutes, and watching the development of the park near his home. He read hundreds of books on his Kindle and enjoyed texting to keep up with family and friends. "Papa Rocky" always had Snickers and cookies when any of his great-grands came to visit.
Survivors include five sons, Pat (Novelette) Rockafellow, Mike Rockafellow, Tim (Kim) Rockafellow, Tom and Jack Rockafellow; five daughters, Lynn Apel, Mona (Chuck) Eckermann, Paulette (Terry) Jones, Kathleen (Dave) Link and Mary Rockafellow; daughter-in-law, Amie Rockafellow; sisters-in-law, Marilyn and Joan Rockafellow and Susie (Ed) Boyle; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; cousins; and extended family members.
Rocky was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Rose; two sons, Bill (Amie) and Todd; one daughter, Suzette (Joe Zoll); and three siblings Dean, Dale and Mary Lou.
Rocky and his family would like to thank the VA Primary Home-Based Care for their devoted care over the past five years.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the VA Volunteer Services Home Based Primary Care, Iowa City Hospice or Mercy Foundation.
Online condolences for the family may be directed at www.lensingfuneral.com.