Stanley “Stan” Ray Rockey passed away peacefully on Friday morning, November 17, 2023. Born May 4, 1939, to Elmer Rockey and Ethel (Letterman) Rockey of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. One of fifteen brothers and sisters, Stan is preceded in death by his parents. Brothers Junior Lee, Styrl, Elmer “Jack”, Richard “Dick”, and David. Sisters Maudella, Barbara, Marjorie, Janet, Peggy, and Delores.
Survived by his two children Christopher (Christine), and Jennifer (John) Wilkes. Five grandchildren Cristion (Christina), Collin, Cassidy, Noah, Madeleine. Two great-grandchildren Dorian and Calliope. Sisters Bonnie and Sandra, and many nieces and nephews.
Stan served his country in the US Air Force before working for IBM and retiring after 30 years. Stan was a man of exceptional faith serving in multiple churches throughout his life including Christ Community and Word of Grace. Ordained as Deacon and church Elder, Stan’s dedication to service and others was shown in many of his volunteer activities through the running of a coffeeshop and leading Bible studies for homeless and down-on-their luck people of Harrisburg, Women’s Shelters, and more. Helping family and friends at a moment’s notice or just spending time together also served to define Stan’s post-retirement years.
Stan was a beloved father and grandfather and took great pleasure and pride in those roles. Helping family and friends at a moment’s notice or just spending time together, in addition to his church activities, served to define Stan’s post-retirement years.
He was an avid bowler and could be found at Trindle Bowl on Thursday nights as part of a bowling league for much of his 30 years with IBM.
With the decline of his health and memory, Stan moved to Assisted Living in May of 2015 located in Fayetteville, PA of which he was a resident until his death.
Visitation will be held at Sullivan Funeral Home, 51 N. Enola Drive in Enola PA 17025 on Friday, November 24 at 12PM noon with funeral service following at 1:00PM. Stan will be laid to rest at 2:30PM at Rolling Green Cemetery, 1811 Carlisle Road in Camp Hill, PA 17011.
Those who knew and loved Stan are aware there are no words big enough to describe the “Big Guy” or “Stan the Man”. His laugh was infectious, the sparkle in his eye joyful and his love of family and faith a steadying presence for all who knew him. He will be deeply missed but we will take great comfort in knowing Stan is with his heavenly Father and reunited with his family and friends who went before.
The Sullivan Funeral Home is honored to serve the Rockey family.