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December 7, 1938 – Thursday, April 29, 2010

Service Information
The Black Hills National Cemetery
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
2:30 P.M.

Visitation Information

Patrick Woodrow Rockwood, Sr., age 71 of Waubay, South Dakota journeyed to the Spirit World on Thursday, April 29th at The Avera McKenna Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

He was born on December 7, 1938 to Elmer J. Rockwood, Sr. and Eunice Keeble in Webster, SD and was raised in Watertown, SD.

Patrick served in the United States Armed Force serving from 1956-1960 as a Staff Sergeant. After basic training, he was stationed at the Francis E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Then he was sent to Korea for a year and a half. He was honorably discharge in 1960. Later in 1975, he became a member of The American Legion Post #269.

Patrick received his GED in 1971 and later went on to college at Sisseton Wahpeton Community College in 1989. He graduated in 1991 with an Associates of Applied Science Degree.

Patrick was united in marriage to Joanne Marie Hawkins in 1965. Patrick and Joanne moved to San Jose, CA and then moved to Chicago, IL where he attended welding school. They then made their home in Wanblee, SD where Patrick was a custodian for the Crazy Horse School for 12 years. In 1988 to present, they made their home in Waubay, SD.

Patrick leaves behind his wife of forty four years Joanne and children Nannette Rockwood and Patrick Rockwood, Jr. both of Waubay, SD; Candice Rockwood of Webster, SD; Stephanie Mozes-Camp of Wanblee, SD; Todd Rockwood of Waubay, SD; Steven Rockwood of Sioux Falls, SD; Barry Rockwood of Waubay, SD; and one adopted daughter, Jennie Burshiem of Sisseton, SD; twenty seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews and friends.

Patrick was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers and two sisters.

Funeral Services for Patrick Rockwood, Sr. were held on Wednesday, May 5th at 2:30 P.M. with military honors at The Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, South Dakota.

All night wakes were held on Sunday, May 2nd at The Enemy Swim Community Center and Monday, May 3rd & Tuesday, May 4th in Wanblee, South Dakota.

Honorary Casket Bearers were all of his family and friends.

Casket Bearers were Jim Strutz Sr., Jim Strutz Jr., Wesley Hawkins Sr., Perry Hawkins, Kevin Roberts, Chuck Eberhardt, Clement White and David White Bull.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted, Minnesota served the family. Online condolences maybe made to

2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Tawny LaRae Rockwood

    This was my grandfather. Basically my father. He was a great guy and will always be remembered for his strengths. How much he cared and how much he was there for his family!!! You will always hold the real key to my heart!!!! Love you dad. Rest in peace and may the angels give you a kiss on the cheek for me.
    Love your granddaughter, Tawny Rockwood

  2. Candace Rockwood

    I love you daddy and I miss you with my whole heart and soul, and I cherish the thought that one day we will all be together again!!!! Until that day becomes our reality, stay at peace and know that I will do my best to take care of the family!!!


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