Howard Wesley Rockhill, son of Howard P. Rockhill (former Brazil fire chief) and Gladys Jackson Rockhill, was born April 28, 1918, in Brazil.
On Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, he passed on at the Houston House in Houston, Mo., at the age of 93. Howard was born and raised in Brazil, where he delivered The Brazil Times from 1930-1938, and graduated from Brazil High School in 1937.
He served in the United States Army with the 176 Engineers from Oct. 8, 1941, until Dec. 29, 1945, Alaska, on the Aleutian Islands and on Okinawa.
After World War II, he attended Butler University and was called back to active duty Sept. 22, 1950, where he served at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., until discharged Sept. 23, 1951.
There he met Rebecca Irene Thrailkill, and they were united in marriage Dec. 27, 1951, making their home on the family farm near Lebanon, Mo. They had one daughter named Mary Jane.
Howard retired as a civil service supervisor in the household division at Fort Leonard Wood in 1980.
He was a member of the Brazil Elks Lodge for more than 70 years. He was a member of the Laclede County Masonic Lodge No. 83 A.F. and A.M. of Lebanon for more than 50 years. He also belonged to the Shrine Club and Eastern Star.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Rebecca on Oct. 5, 2009.
Howard is survived by his daughter, Mary Jane Lybyer and husband Mike, Huggins, Mo., grandson Pat Lybyer, Carroll, Iowa, a brother Harry Rockhill and wife Betty, Speedway, Ind., two nieces, a host of other relatives and many friends.
Visitation was at Holman-Howe Funeral Home, Lebanon, Mo. Graveside services with full military rites was conducted Jan. 23, 2012.