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August 15, 0933 - December 24, 2020
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Merwyn Kay “Rocky” Rockhold, 87, passed away December 24, 2020 at 8:57pm with family near him in the many ways technology and protective coverings allowed at Lima Memorial Health Systems after 4 very short days in a battle fighting Covid.
He was preceded in death by his parents Roy W. and Reatha L. (Moyer) Rockhold on August 15, 1933. His mother died the same day he was born. Roy would then marry Effie G. (Thompson) Rockhold, the only mother Merwyn ever knew. She also preceded him in death. On October 5, 1957 in Lima, Ohio he married the love of his life Marilyn “Sue” (Vandemark) Rockhold and was married to her for 53 years until she preceded him in death on April 7, 2011.
Survivors include children: Julie Rockhold of Lima, Dennis (Beth) Rockhold of Lima, Darren (Darla) Rockhold of Harrod, and Stacie (Doug) Burtchin of Elida, with whom he lived for the past 9 years. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Matthew (Ashley) Rockhold of Lima, Jennifer Rockhold of Lima, Allyson (Dan) Hughes of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Thomas (Ashley) Rockhold of Lima. Great Grandchildren: Zoey and Wyatt Rockhold, Mason and Odin Rockhold. Special friends Robert and Valerie Ramirez and their sons Ben and Nate who he considered his own for many years. Also surviving is sister-in-law Sharon (Roger) Koenig of Lima, and his favorite niece and nephew Karen Feigh and Brian Hennon.
Merwyn grew up on a farm near Harrod, Ohio where he helped his father farm and take care of the livestock. He was a 1951 graduate of Harrod High School. He worked on the family farm and the Woolen Mill in Harrod until he was drafted into the Army in 1953. He was stationed at Fort Knox and sent to Korea. He was a member of the 25th Infantry Armored Tank Division as a Staff Sargent. He was honorably discharged in June of 1955. He never failed to rise as the United States Flag passed by at any parade or event. He taught his family that you do this EVERY TIME to honor those who have served or were serving our country. After the Army he worked at several places including Lima Asbestos and Roofing, Automatic Supply, and was part owner for many years of Hughes Plumbing and Heating, Harrod. After retiring he worked for his son Dennis, at Rockhold Heating and A/C, then was a salesman for Water Equipment Company, and Lima Supply. Retiring for a second time he missed the interaction with people so he was hired part time to do accounts payable for LaKing trucking and worked there for 11 years.
Merwyn was involved in many activities throughout his life such as a 4-H advisor, Boy Scout troop leader, church youth group advisor, and many years as a Sunday School teacher. He was a member of the Harrod United Methodist Church for 59 years. He said he had held every position in the church except for that as pastor and had no desire to hold that one. But he did fill in a couple times to when needed. He was a 15-year member of the Gideons International Lima Camp where he held the offices of Secretary and Treasurer throughout his tenure. Merwyn’s many hobbies included photography, stained glass, cooking, collecting John Deere items, English Bulldog figurines, and rooting for his Buckeyes. His favorite time was spent with his family and having fun. If you knew him you knew he liked to have fun and had a sense of humor that all of his children inherited. He always had a witty comment for anything.
He was never shy in bragging about all of his grandchildren and their accomplishments to anyone that would listen as they were his pride and joy. And he absolutely loved his great grandchildren. His most admirable quality was his unwavering faith and personal relationship with Jesus no matter what life had handed him. He was a great influence and role model of how a Christian was to live to his family and the many lives he came in contact with throughout his 87 years. He never missed a chance to witness and hand out a little Gideon Testament and ask someone- “If you died today do you know where you would be?” He believed that this was his most important job next to that of devoted Husband, loving Father, and best ever Grandpa Great. We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the first words he heard after he passed were that of “Well done my good and faithful servant!” Followed by “We’re all in for a treat now!”
Due to the risk of spreading Covid we will have a Celebration of Life service at Harrod United Methodist Church in the Spring and a date will be announced at a later time. In lieu of flowers we ask donations be made to Harrod United Methodist Church or to Gideons International Lima Camp. Arrangements are being handled by Chiles-Laman Funeral Home.