Archive for Thursday, December 28, 2006

Obituary: Leon F. Rockers

1927-2006

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 in Baldwin City. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Baldwin City.

Mr. Rockers died Monday, Dec. 25, 2006, at Baldwin Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

He was born May 26, 1927, on the family farm southwest of Greeley, the son of Charles and Clara Engeman Rockers. He grew up and attended schools in Greeley, Pomona and Baldwin City.

Mr. Rockers served in the U.S. Army in California, Japan and Korea from 1950 until he was honorably discharged as a sergeant in 1952 in Colorado Springs. He worked at Booth's Baldwin IGA, Butell & Edwards Farms and for his father's excavating company for many years. He also worked for Beatles Ford, the Douglas County road and bridge department and Sunflower Powder Company. He worked for the Kansas Turnpike Association for 20 years and retired as equipment foreman in 1990.

He was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and Lloyd Beaton American Legion Post 228 in Baldwin City. He was a volunteer firefighter for more than 40 years for the Baldwin City Fire Department and was president of Little League Baseball in Baldwin City for eight years.

He married Mary Lou Lobingier on Jan. 27, 1951, in Camp Cooke, Calif. She died in 1999.

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

A prayer service will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at the church, after which the family will receive friends until 8 p.m.

The family suggests memorials to the Mary Lou Rockers Scholarship Fund, sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home, P.O. Box 64, Baldwin City 66006.

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