Donald A. Rockwood

March 20, 2012  

LOWVILLE, N.Y.  —  Donald A. Rockwood, 69, of Trinity Avenue, died unexpectedly Monday morning, March 19. 

A funeral Mass will be said 10 a.m. Friday, March 23, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Lowville, with Rev. Christopher Carrara, Pastor, and Rev. Christopher Looby, officiating. Burial will be in Brookside Cemetery, Watertown. Calling hours are from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 22, where an Elks service will be held at 7 p.m., at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville.

Born May 27, 1942, at home in Dexter, a son of the late Allan and Helen Hanson Rockwood, he graduated from General Brown High School in 1959, and served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War, from 1961 until 1964.  

He married Sharon L. Hamblen on Oct. 2, 1965, at Immaculate Conception Church in Brownville. 

Mr. Rockwood worked for the Goodyear Tire Company from 1967 until 1977, before moving to Lowville and purchasing his own independent store. He owned and operated Burkart Tire and Auto Service alone until 1990, when his son, David, joined the business as service manager. The Rockwood’s continue to operate the business today.

He was a communicant of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Lowville.  Don was a member of the Marine Corps League Detachment #754, Lowville American Legion Post #162, and a lifetime member of BPOE #1605, Lowville Lodge, where he served as Exalted Ruler in 2007 – 2008.

Mr. Rockwood was an avid hunter. He enjoyed all sports and NASCAR.

Surviving are
his wife, Sharon; three sons and daughters-in-law, Ron and Susan Rockwood, Lowville, Dave and Patti Rockwood, Lowville, and Andy and Michelle Rockwood, Oswego; three granddaughters, Hannah Rose, Abigail Marie, and Olivia Alice; a brother, Louie Rockwood, California; three sisters and a brother-in-law, June McCartin, Brownville, Joyce and Mel Frazier, Dexter, and Janice Higgins and her companion, Dave Lashua, Dexter.  

He was predeceased by his parents.

Contributions may be made to Lowville Elks Lodge #1605 Local Scholarship Fund; 5600 Shady Avenue; Lowville, NY  13367.

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Information provided by Iseneker Funeral Home of Lowville and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.