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  • "I was glad to have Gerry's ear, and friendship, and to see..."
    - Darrel Rocke
  • "I remember Gerald well from the 1940's and 50's in the..."
    - Wayne Rowell
  • "I am truly blessed to call this man Dad. His perfect..."
    - Scott Rocke
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GERALD E. ROCKE, 75, was welcomed into God's loving arms on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, surrounded by his family. Born March 1, 1939, in Pekin, Ill., he was the son of the Rev. Emanuel and Rosa Hochstet tler Rocke. He attended Purdue University and graduated valedictorian of his class in the School of Engineering. He founded Landmark Construction Company, Inc., where he designed and engineered 48 Pizza Huts and four KFC restaurants for Pizza Hut of Fort Wayne, as well as various subdivisions, apartments, office complexes, and the Sycamore Hills Golf Club. He was a member of the American Society of Engineers and the Phi Eta Sigma, Chi Epsilon and Tau Beta Pi national honorary societies. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed every day of his life to the fullest. He attended First Missionary Church and The Chapel. Survivors include his wife, Sondra Rocke of Huntertown; son, Scott (Michele) Rocke of Troy, Ohio; stepsons, Charles (Renee) Ray of Fort Wayne and Kirk Ray of Nashville, Tenn.; stepdaughter, Darci Ackerman of Zionsville, Ind.; and 13 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Glenn Rocke and Merle Rocke; sisters, Lucille Warren and Alyce Cleveland. A memorial service celebrating his life is from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at The Chapel, with gathering time from 4 to 6 p.m. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home, 1320 E. Dupont Road. Preferred memorials may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network ; or Purdue University. To sign the online guestbook, please visit

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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Aug. 8, 2014
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