Archive for Thursday, December 28, 2006

Leon Frank Rockers

December 28, 2006


A Mass of Christian Burial for Leon Frank Rockers, 79, Baldwin City, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Annunciation Catholic Church, Baldwin City. Mr. Rockers died Dec. 25, 2006, at Baldwin Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born May 26, 1927, in rural Greeley, the son of Charles and Clara (Engeman) Rockers. He attended schools in Greeley, Pomona and Baldwin City. He worked for Booth's Baldwin IGA, Butell and Edwards Farms, his dad's excavating company, Beatles Ford, Douglas County Road and Bridge and Sunflower Powder Company. He worked for the Kansas Turnpike Authority for 20 years, retiring in 1990.

He served in the United States Army, entering service in 1950. He served in California, Japan and Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1952.

He married Mary Lou Lobingier at Camp Cooke, Calif., on Jan. 27, 1951. She died in 1999. He was a member of the Annunciation Catholic Church, Baldwin City, Knights of Columbus and Lloyd Beaton American Legion Post No. 228, Baldwin City. He was a volunteer firefighter for more than 40 years in Baldwin City, and was president of Little League Baseball for eight years.

Survivors include three sons, Paul, Lawrence, Dana, Baldwin City, and Mark, Queens Creek, Ariz.; five grandchildren, two step-grandchildren; one sister, Gloria Ann Bell, Lawrence; four brothers, Raymond, Fresno, Calif., Vernon, Lowell, Mass., Glenn and Daryl, both of Baldwin City.

A prayer service will be at 6 p.m. today at Annunciation Catholic Church followed by visitation until 8 p.m. at the church. Burial will follow services at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Baldwin City. Memorials may be made to the Mary Lou Rockers Scholarship Fund and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, PO Box 64, Baldwin City, KS 66006.

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