Rockwell, James S.
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passed peacefully on July 24, 2014. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on January 5, 1932. He bravely served in the United States Marine Corp during the Korean war from February 23, 1951 to February 22, 1954. He came to Phoenix where he met, courted and married his loving wife of 59 years, Shirley Retterer, on January 8, 1955. He then went on to graduate from Arizona State College, and was a member of the coalition that raised the school's accreditation to university status. He remained a proud ASU alumni throughout his life. Through hard work and dedication, he retired from Mountain Bell after a long and stellar career of 35 years. One of Jim's passions was boat and water ski racing. He served as Commodore for the Desert Boat and Ski Club, which competed against other Boat and Ski Clubs through the southwest. He also enjoyed three wheeling and dune buggying at the dunes, Rocky Point being one of his favorite places. After retirement, he and Shirley hit the high seas with friends, sailing through such places as the Virgin Islands and over to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. He was an avid car and racing enthusiast. He collected model A's and enjoyed outings as a member of the Model A Restorers Club of Arizona. He was a member of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and the Mesa Buckhorn Elks. The couple also spent many adventurous summers RVing across the US, with a few trips each year, again to Rocky Point. Through out his travels, he set foot in 49 of our 50 states. He will be sorely missed by his surviving family; wife Shirley, son Donald Rockwell and wife, Cynthia, daughter, Lynn Haught and husband Jeff, grandchildren Donald James Deacon, Michelle Rockwell and James Rockwell, and great grandchildren, Jasmine Hale and Brody Hale. No services will be held, his life will be celebrated privately, as he wished, by his family.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 3, 2014