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Obituary of Richard 'Dick' J. Rockey, 90


Richard “Dick” J. Rockey, 90, of Bellefonte, passed away at home on Friday, February 21, 2020. Born in Bellefonte on November 1, 1929, he was the son of the late Elmer and Ethel (Letterman) Rockey. On July 14, 1951, he married his beloved wife, JoAnn (Davison) Rockey, who preceded him in death on January 7, 2009, after sharing nearly 58 years of marriage together.

Dick was a 1947 graduate of Bellefonte High School. He worked as a meter reader and in customer service for West Penn Power for several years until his retirement in 1991.

He is survived by one daughter, Kathy Jo Wilson (John) of Bellefonte, and two grandchildren, Michael Wilson and Erin Page (Nick). Also surviving are two brothers, David Rockey (Agnes) of Bellefonte, and Stanley Rockey of Fayetteville, PA, three sisters, Marjorie Zeleznick (John) of Bellefonte, Sandra Robinson of Nashville, TN, and Bonnie Martin (Pat) of Jefferson, GA, and one sister-in-law, Maura Rockey of Harrisburg.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Debra Rockey, and nine siblings, Maudella Bierly, Barbara DeFurio, Janet Slavin, Peggy Roach, Delores Rockey, Junior Rockey, Elmer “Jack” Rockey, Styrl Rockey and Robert Rockey.

Dick was a life member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Bellefonte and served on the administration board and trustees. Additionally, he was a member of the Bellefonte Lions Club, Bellefonte Elks Lodge #1094, Jaycees of Bellefonte, and was on the board at the YMCA. He and his wife, JoAnn, enjoyed traveling and “wintering” in Florida.

Friends will be received on Friday, February 28, 2020, from 10-11am, at Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc. at 206 N. Spring Street, Bellefonte. A memorial service will immediately follow at 11am at the funeral home with Pastor Doug Conway officiating. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dick’s memory to Trinity United Methodist Church Trustees at 128 W. Howard Street, Bellefonte, PA 16823 or 365 Hospice at 119 S. Main Street, Carrolltown, PA 15722.

Name of Deceased

Richard 'Dick' J. Rockey



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Wetzler Funeral Home

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