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Edward H. Rockefeller

1924 - 2012 GREAT BARRINGTON Edward H. Rockefeller, 88, of Reed Street in Great Barrington passed away, Sept. 15, 2012, at Fairview Commons in Great Barrington.

A native and lifelong resident of Great Barrington, Edward was born May 10, 1924, son of Edward and Florence Wycle Rockefeller. He attended the former Searles High School in Great Barrington. In 1943 he left high school to join the Army. Sixty years later (in 2002) Edward received his high school diploma from the Berkshire Hills School District.

A veteran of World War II, Edward enlisted in the Army on Jan. 23, 1943, in the Medical Corp where he transferred to the XIII Air Force Service Command. He served in New Guinea, Northern Solomons and the Southern Philippines before being honorably discharged on Jan. 23, 1946. Edward drove truck for Palmer Line, Inc., for 33 years, after which he drove for the Massini Bus Co. for 17 years before he retired in 1992. Following his retirement, he worked at Pete's Motors for 10 years until Pete's closed when Edward was 83 years old.

He was a member of the 13th Air Force Association and was a Life member of the James A. Modolo Post #8348 in Great Barrington.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, the former Grace Kellogg. The couple was married on March 30, 1946, in Great Barrington. He is also survived by his two sons, Bruce Rockefeller of Newport, Tenn., and Scott Rockefeller of Lee; his daughter Margot Rockefeller of Pittsfield; two sisters, Mildred Rockefeller of Great Barrington and Janice Kilcullen of Watervliet, N.Y., as well as five grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his brother, Donald Rockefeller.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A service celebrating the life of Edward Rockefeller will be held on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. at FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME in Great Barrington. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Great Barrington. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.

Donations may be made to the Shriner's Children's Hospital or to HospiceCare in the Berkshires through FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230. Remembrances may be sent to the family through www.finnertyandstevens.com
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Sept. 18, 2012
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