Rocky Baptiste(1929 - 2013)

Roscoe(Rocky) LeRoy Baptiste

May 9, 1929-October 16, 2013

Roscoe LeRoy Baptiste, age 84, passed away peacefully at his home in Gervais, with his wife at his side.

Rocky was born in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, May 9, a member of the Potawatomi Indian Tride. Rocky was the youngest of five sons born to Joseph Louis and Rose Marvel (Copaugh) Baptiste.

He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, helping to build an airstrip with the construction battalion SeaBees on Cubi Point, Phillipines. When honorably discharged in 1953, Rocky held the rank of Driver Petty Officer 3rd class.

He met and married Maxine Eileen Reid in Toledo, Oregon on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1951, he met Maxine while working for her father at her families Logging mill. They had five children and sixty-three wonderful years together.

Rocky enjoyed many hobbies, including hunting, fishing, target shooting, gun-smithing, and golfing. He loved old western/war movies, especially the ones with John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a bigger than life smile. Everyone who met Rocky came away feeling they had just met a true friend.

Rocky worked many jobs in his life from, Greens-keeper on local golf courses to Foreman for the Millwrights. Along with his family he lived in many different cities and states, wherever the job took him. He always seemed to come back to the Woodburn/Gervais area, as this was where he had cultivated many life-long friendships.

He is survived by: his wife, Maxine; daughters, Regena Story, Ramona (Kevin) Kruger, Becky (Bill) Davidson; sons, Joseph Baptiste and Steve (Darci) Baptiste; twelve grandchildren; and twenty great grandchildren (with one on the way).

Private interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery, with full Military Honors. A "Celebration of Life" will be held on November 3rd, at 1:00pm, St. Louis Hall, 14013 Manning Rd, Gervais.

In lieu of flowers, Rocky asked that you make a donation in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Published in StatesmanJournal on Oct. 27, 2013