Rocky passed away peacefully in his sleep on December 19, 2013, at Overland Court Senior Care facility in Boise, ID, after a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer's. He was surrounded by his family during his last days.|
Rocky was born in Lake City, IA, February 11, 1931, to Marvin Felix and Ethel Maude Rock. He grew up in Rockwell City, IA, where he graduated in 1949. He played football, basketball and track; was senior class president; and was involved in drama and glee club.
He met his bride of 62 years, Evie, in sixth grade after moving into town from a country school. They were married in 1951 after his time in the Air Force.
Always a hard worker, after working on the family farm, he became a gandy dancer with the railroad at age 14. Rocky learned cabinet making and construction from his father. The building trade led him to San Diego, CA, in 1956 where he had a successful career as a commercial construction superintendent until his retirement at age 62.
Rocky and his family made their home in Poway from 1963 – 2007.
He had many interests during his life. He built a cabin cruiser, 'The Hawkeye,' with several of his brothers-in-law, and loved deep sea fishing. Rocky and the 'uncles' built old-school water pumper dune buggies and spent a great deal of time with the family in Ocotillo Wells in the Anza Borrego Desert.
His family will miss him very much. Family includes his wife, Evie of Boise, ID; children, Ron (Debbie) Rock of Redmond, OR, Gary (Monica) Rock of Vancouver, WA, Jeanine (Angelo) Sanfilippo of Boise, ID, and Annette Rock and Jaye of Nampa, ID; grandchildren, Matthew, Steven and Abby Rock, Jace, Kyle and Eric Rock, and Angelo and Sarah Sanfilippo; and great-grandchild, London Sanfilippo.
Published in the Pomerado News on Jan. 3, 2014