Anderson W. Rocker, age 86, of Cincinnati, Ohio passed away into Glory on February 11, 2020. He was surrounded by loving wife, Ruby L. Rocker who he cherished and his 6 children. Born January 1, 1934, he was the son of the late Moody Rocker and Darlean Rocker.
Anderson was a very proud, self reliant, independent Man who had strong morals and values and demonstrated these char- acteristics throughout his entire life on this earth. He joined the US Navy at the age of 17 and served 4 years. He was in the Korean War. He was very proud of the service to his Country and even though this was years ago, he spoke of this period in his life often. He cherished his memories of the time he spent on the Navy ship (USS LST 857) and was able to travel the world during this period. Anderson was highly intellectual and was blessed with many gifts and talents that many Individuals would have to spend years of training to attain. Even though he was busy raising 6 children he believed in continually educating oneself. He received a degree and certificates during this period in his life. He earned a certificate in Radio and Television Repair from the New York Technical Institute in 1959. He earned 3 amateur radio licenses issued by the FCC: Technician, General and Amateur Extra. He earned his GED in 1977. Finally, he received an Associates of Science Degree in Communications Electronics from Cincinnati Technical College in 1987. Due to the fact that he was gifted, skilled and talented it was very rare that he had to request assistance from anyone. He was multifaceted, accom- plished and ingenuous and by all accounts considered a “Jack of all Trades and Master of None.” He worked for the US Postal Service for over 33 years and retired at the age of 55. During the 31 years following retirement he was blessed financially to be totally independent and never had to go back to work even part time during this period of 31 years. He believed in a full retirement. He would often joke and say “I’ll cut back before I go back.” He worked very hard during the 33 years being employed by the US Postal Service and once he retired he spent the remaining 31 years enjoying the things in life which truly brought him pleasure - primarily spending time with his beautiful wife of 60 years (Ruby, his precious jewel) and visits with his 6 children and grandchildren. Anyone who knew Anderson, knew that Ruby was his main priority and he was honored to take care of her. It broke his heart to learn that she was diagnosed with Dementia, but vowed that He would be the one to take care of her. He carried out this vow until mentally and physically he was unable to do so due to his own Diagnosis of Dementia. He treasured taking care of his Home as well. During retirement, he enjoyed beautifying his yard and would continually win neighborhood beautification awards year after year for his awesome landscaping. His hobbies included continually reading to ensure that he was intellectually stimulated and spending time as a Ham radio operator.
Anderson was preceded in death by his father, Moody Rocker, his mother, Darlean Rocker and sister, Darlean Jackson. He is survived by his wife, Ruby Rocker; his 6 children, Marvin Rocker (Cathy), Melvin Rocker (Vertta), Patricia Crawford, Rosalyn Lee (Gary), Kelli Chambers (Tim) and Marsha Sumerlin; grandchild- ren, Marvin Jr., Ariel, Destinie, Brandon, Justin, David, Pam, Lisa, Bonnie, Gary Jr., Garrett, Garrison and Tyisha; great- grandchilden, Deandre, David Jr., Maty, Dakota and Dayton; and many nieces and nephews.
Anderson W. Rocker’s Favorite Scripture:
“For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:6-8)
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