Former Alaskan resident Robert "Bob" Edward Rockwood Sr., of South Bend, Washington, died June 14, 2010, after a long battle with cancer. He was 82.
He was born in Westport, Washington, on May 3, 1928, to Robert A. Rockwood and Bernice L. (Embree) Rockwood. He was a commercial fisherman in Washington, California, and his beloved Alaska, where he fished in the Southeast region. He lived the majority of his life in Hoonah and Yakutat, which he considered home, before retiring to South Bend for health reasons.
He was proud of his Marine Corps service, from 1946 to 1949 at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California. During retirement, he enjoyed the company of fellow veterans at the VFW and the American Legion. He was one of the organizers of the Yakutat Post of American Legion, serving a term as president for the South Bend post. He loved animals and birds and could always be found with a cat on his lap. Known as "Bobby" to his family, he will be missed by his 10 sisters and two brothers, his companion, Helen McCLendon, and her son, Gary.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Sharclane Rockwood, of Hoonah.
He is survived by his sons, Ervin Brown, of Juneau, and Robert "Bobby" Rockwood Jr., of Yakutat; daughters, Robin Waldron, of Dutch Harbor and Shannon Brown of Federal Way, Washington, as well as several nieces and nephews and six grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held June 18, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Fern Hill Cemetery in Raymond, Washington. Condolences can be sent to P.O. Box 921072, Dutch Harbor, AK 99692.
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