VIRGINIA BEACH- On November 18, 2012. David H. Rockwell passed peacefully in his home with his family by his side. David was born January 24, 1943 in Iowa to the late L.D. Rockwell and Mary Rockwell. In 1961 he joined the Navy and started his 30 year career/adventure. He retired as Chief Petty Officer and survived 2 Wars, Vietnam and the first Gulf War. He retired in 1991 in style riding in the decommissioning USS Wisconsin.
Dave is survived by his loving wife Paula Rockwell; 4 daughters, Mercy Kemp, Elizabeth Garcia, Shelley Rockwell and Jennifer Rockwell as well as 7 grandchildren who affectionately call him “poppa”, Chad Rockwell, Conner Kemp, Ashlynn Garcia, Brendin Snyder, Janice Rockwell, Haley Clark and Triston Clark; two brothers, Daniel and William Rockwell and their families.
Dave was known for many things of which he was a devoted sailor and a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to all. He was also affectionately called by all the kids in the neighborhood and friends of his children as Mr. Dave! Dave was loving generous, kind, funny, smart, witty, strong of mind and character he will be missed greatly by all.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1 at Family Choice Funerals & Cremations, 5401 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach. Please use the links provided to sign the online guestbook.Send Flowers
It is always wonderfully refreshing to visit in your home. I remember how often Dave and Paula hosted the youth groups as the children (and grandchildren) were growing up. We know you will miss him deeply. Our sincere sympathies.
Our thoughts and love are with the Rockwell family. Mandi and Rick
Paula, Mercy, ChadMichael and family, What a kind husband, father, grandfather you had, Prayers go out to you this week in hoping your life is filled with wonderful memories and the hope that he is now in God’s hands, resting peacefully God Bless
Kay Sexton & family
May his memory be for a blessing.
Words cannot express the lost of your love one. My prayers and heart are with you.
Paula, Mercy, Chad, Conner, and the entire Rockwell family, we extend our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to you all as you mourn the death of your husband, father and grandfather.
All our love,
Roland, Duke, Joy and Baby Kate Dobson
Wish I could be there for yall! Love and miss u!
Today was the hardest day of my life I feel like a part of my heart has gone and I don’t know how it will heal. You are the best man the best father the best poppa and husband and you are already missed so very badly. I close my eyes and pray you are sitting next to me silently holding my hand and holding me.