George A. Rockwell, 96, of East State Street, Salamanca, New York died Wednesday evening, July 15, 2015 at The Absolut at Salamanca, New York.
Born April 4, 1919 in Rochester, New York, he was the son of the late Daniel and Grace Schaffer Rockwell. He was married on January 15, 1941 at the former People’s Methodist Church in Salamanca to the former Marguerite Mongillo, who predeceased him March 5, 2003.
He had been employed for 40 years with CSX Railroad as a General Car Superintendent prior to his retirement in 1979.
Mr. Rockwell served in the United States Navy during World War II.
He was a member of the former People’s Methodist Church and a 57-year member of the American Legion Hughes-Skiba Post #535, where he served as past Commissioner, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars John F. Ahrens Post #5296. He was also a former member of the Elks Club, the Salamanca Moose Lodge, and was a former Mason and Shriner. George was a devoted husband who enjoyed traveling, being at their camp, and spending time with his family.
Surviving are: a daughter, Zenna M. Rockwell, Salamanca, NY; three sons, John (Sue) Rockwell, Jacksonville, NC, Robert (Laurie) Rockwell, Little Valley, NY, George “Tim” (Susan) Rockwell, Killbuck, NY; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by four sisters, Carolyn Owens, Norma Barhite, Jean Kictarek, and Bertha Haley, and five brothers, Elmer Rockwell, John W. Rockwell, Howard Rockwell, Duane Rockwell, and Raymond Rockwell.
Friends may call at the O’Rourke & O’Rourke Inc Funeral Home, 25 River Street, Salamanca, New York on Sunday from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held in the funeral home on Monday, July 20, 2015 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Robert Goode officiating.
Full military honors will be conducted by members of the American Legion Hughes-Skiba Post #535 and Veterans of Foreign Wars John F. Ahrens Post #5296.
Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery, Salamanca, New York.
The family suggests memorials to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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