In Memory

Gerald "Rocky" Rockwood (Backtender) - Class of 2002 VIEW PROFILE

Gerald Rocky Rockwood (Backtender)

FRENCHTOWN - The Oldtimer stepped to the other side in the early morning of November 16, 2011.  Born in Minnesota, he lived there until he and his wife June (Haight) Rockwood moved to Montana in the late 1960s. With them, they brought four children, Deb, Sandy, Dan, and Terry. Rocky gained employment at the paper mill in Frenchtown, where he worked until his retirement.

Rocky was one of the best fishermen we have ever seen, and an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He made and shared many memories with his friends and family. Rocky influenced many lives with his quick wit and sometimes comical outlook on life in general. Very few who knew Rocky well escaped without a nickname. Some wore it proudly, others walked away thinking, "Where is this guy coming from?"

Rocky had a special way with people; that is why so many of us gravitated to him.  All who knew him will carry a piece of him in our hearts.  We will miss sayings like "Darndest thing I ever seen," or "There's good and good enough."

There isn't enough paper or ink to document all the stories and laughs this special man provided to everyone. Each of us will play back episodes of our time with him over and over in our minds for many years to come. So it is with great sadness that we say, "Goodbye Rocky, so long Oldtimer, rest in peace Grandpa, and we love you Dad!!"

Please join us at the Frenchtown Club on December 16, 2011 at 6 p.m. to celebrate Rocky's life.


He is survived by his wife, June Rockwood of Frenchtown; two daughters, Deb (Mark) Pengelly and Sandy (Dick) Scholl, all of Frenchtown; two sons, Dan (Misty) of Frenchtown and Terry of Lakeland, Florida; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.  Cremation has taken place.

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