William Rockafellow, "Rock," 56, passed Oct. 2, 2018, courageously, just five months after being diagnosed with Stage 4 gallbladder cancer.
His family will greet friends Tuesday from 3 to
7 p.m. at Lensing Funeral Service in Iowa City. A time for sharing memories of Bill will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday. A memorial Mass will begin Wednesday at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Iowa City. www.lensingfuneral.com
Bill found his true love his sophomore year of high school and recently reminisced dating for 41 years this month. He married his high school sweetheart, Amie Neuzil, on July 11, 1981. Bill could not go a day without speaking with her. Together they created three beautiful children that Bill could not be more proud of: Myrissa (Jeff) Gingerich and Weston (Jen) and Myleena (Brock) Grenis. He welcomed with pride seven grandchildren, William, Shyan, Saylee, Caeson, Brinson, Ayla and Kenlyn. They all added an extra sparkle to his eyes.
Bill also is survived by his father, Irving; brothers, Pat (Novellete), Michael, Timothy (Kim), Thomas and Jack; sisters, Lynn Apel, Romona (Chuck) Eckermann, Paulette (Terry) Jones, Kathleen (Dave) Link and Mary; and brother-in-law, Joseph Zoll.
Bill was preceded in death by his mother, Rose; brother, Todd; and sister, Suzette Zoll.
He will be remembered as a skilled listener and protector, level-headed, supportive, loving, devoted, patient, fair, honest, one to speak his mind and always putting his family first.
A husband, father, Papa, son, brother, uncle, best friend and mentor remembered forever.