Rockwell, Don L.


Donlee Lavern (Don L.) Rockwell, 75, went to live with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on April 14, 2017.
He was born February 18, 1942, in North Platte, Nebraska to Walter A. Rockwell and Bessie Mae (Hughes) Rockwell. He grew up in the Arnold, Nebraska Area before moving to Glenwood, Arkansas with his mother in 1956. He was graduated from Kirby Arkansas High School in 1960. He became a Christian early in life in Arnold. His mother was killed in an auto accident during his senior year of high school. He elected to attend college in Magnolia, Arkansas, where he met the Love of his life, Floy, while attending College View Baptist Church.
He was married to Floy Ann Leslie on June 23, 1963, and they moved to Lincoln, Nebraska where Don was a senior and Floy freshman at the University of Nebraska. After Don was graduated, the couple moved to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, where he worked for the Federal Government, first for Social Security and then the Farmers Home Administration, USDA. They later moved to Hope, Arkansas, for about 5 years before moving to Arnold, Nebraska, in 1972 where they farmed for 17 years. Two children were born to the couple, John David Rockwell and Donna Marie Rockwell.
After the 17 years on the farm Don returned to the Farmers Home Administration working in Nebraska and Arkansas. In 1991, he and Floy moved to McCook, Nebraska where he worked for the Farmers Home Administration until his retirement in October 2003. Don and Floy continued to operate their small (184 acre) farm outside McCook after retirement which gave Don an opportunity to collect and restore tractors. Farming has always been his work and his play.
Don loved spending time with family and faith in God is the legacy he wished to leave to his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years , Floy A. Rockwell; son and daughter-in-law John and Karla Rockwell of Arnold, Nebraska; daughter and son-in-law Donna and Steve Skalak of Lincoln, Nebraska; four grandchildren Brandy and husband Justin Mason of Callaway, Nebraska, Daykin Schnell of Safford, Arizona, Veronica Schnell and Jada Skalak of Lincoln, Nebraska; Four great grandchildren, Jacob, Carson, Dawson and Cruz Mason of Callaway, NE; brother-in-law David Leslie and wife Marcell of Texarkana, Arkansas; Sister-in-law Barb Leslie of Pocatello, Idaho; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Joining Don in heaven on the same day of his death, April 14, 2017, was his brother-in-law Terry Randal (Randy) Leslie of Pocatello, Idaho after a long battle with lung cancer.
Preceding Don in death was his father, Walter A. Rockwell and his mother, Bessie Mae Rockwell; Father-in-law Charles Clinton (Clint) Leslie and mother-in-law Mary Ellen Leslie.
Memorial Services are being held at Calvary Community Church in Lincoln, NE at 9:30 am on Thursday, April 20, 2017 with viewing before the services. Graveside will be at Garfield Table Cemetery near Arnold, Nebraska at 5:00 pm Thursday, April 20, 2017.

Guestbook for Rockwell, Don L.

9:00AM Apr 19th, 2017
We remember well all the help Don gave us!!! We appreciated both of you when you lived in McCook. We are sorry for your loss of both your husband and brother on the same day. HUGS from the Tidymans.
Bill and Marlene Tidyman (McCook, NE)
1:12PM Apr 18th, 2017
So sorry to hear about Don. I always enjoyed visiting with him and treasure the time we worked together in Arkansas. God bless his family and friends.
fred woehl (Harrison, AR)
4:55PM Apr 17th, 2017
Thinking of you and your family. God Bless you.
Marlene Meitl (McCook, NE)
1:34PM Apr 17th, 2017
Floy, Sorry to hear of Don's passing. We all enjoyed working with him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Kim Van Pelt (McCook, NE)
8:21AM Apr 17th, 2017
So very sorry to hear of Don's passing. I worked with Don off and on while he worked in the Red Willow County FSA Office. He was a good man. Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Stephanie Williams (Benkelman, NE)
6:43AM Apr 17th, 2017
Floy and family, We were sorry to hear about Don's passing. We pray that our Lord will give you all strength, peace, and comfort during this difficult time.
Robert and Linda Tollison (Pine Bluff, AR)
5:10PM Apr 15th, 2017
Thanks for sharing this. Sending love from David, Marcell, Angela, Chris, and Amy Leslie
Chris Leslir (Texarkana, AR)
6:22AM Apr 15th, 2017
Dear Donna and Steve, The Iowa Geocaching family sends their love and sympathy. We did not know Don, but we know you. Psalm 30: Weeping may tarry for a night, but joy comes in the morning. May you find your joy.
Twila and Gary Sample (Albia, IA)
9:27PM Apr 14th, 2017
So sorry for your loss and prayers for your family at this time of loss. What a blessing to know you will see him again! HUGS from the Wing family.
Barbara Wing (North Platte, NE)

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