Walter 'Buck' Lee Rockhold 1934 - 2011 Vinland
Funeral services for Walter “Buck” Lee Rockhold, 77, rural Baldwin City, will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Bruce Funeral Home in Gardner. Private family inurnment at Vinland Cemetery, Vinland, will be at a later date.
Mr. Rockhold died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at his home near Vinland after battling Parkinson’s disease and cancer for several years.
He was born on March 23, 1934, in Lawrence, the son of George Marion and Georgia Wilma Needles Rockhold. He graduated from Vinland High School in 1952, and served in the Kansas National Guard from 1952-1960.
He worked for the Lawrence Paper Co. and then the Hercules Powder Co. until being laid off in 1955. Moving to Florida for work, he had a job building swimming pools until 1957, then began working for Florida Power and Light Co. The family returned to Kansas in June of 1960.
Mr. Rockhold worked for Kansas Power and Light, later Westar Energy, in 1965 as a commercial meter reader until his early retirement due to illness in 1992. He then drove dump trucks for his son’s company, Jayhawk Excavating, until 1996, when again his health prevented him from continuing.
He enjoyed working his farm land, motorcycling, RV camping, boating, horseback riding, playing cards, dancing, and spending time with family and friends. He was a lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 309 and a member of the IBEW Local 304 electrical union.
He married Patricia “Pat” A. Meyer on Jan. 14, 1955, in Baldwin City. She survives, of the home.
Other survivors include two sons, Allen and wife Terri, and Gary; two grandchildren, Lacey Maddick and Nick Rockhold; a great-grandchild, Jayce Maddick; and siblings and their spouses Helen Hapes, Betty and Robert Lawrenz, Leonard and Alice Rockhold, Bob and Waneitta Rockhold and Glenn Rockhold; and sister-in-law Mary Pritchard.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two siblings, Bernie Rockhold and Margaret Gurley.
The family will meet friends from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday before services at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation or Midland Care Hospice, sent in care of the funeral home, 106 S. Center. Gardner, KS 66030.
Online condolences may be expressed at brucefuneralhome.com.