George Evans Rockenfield, Jr was born on March 2, 1954, and passed from this life on March 9, 2021, at the age of 67 years and 7 days.
George was born at the US Navy Hospital in Chincoteague, Virginia to parents Mr and Mrs George Evans and Alice Augusta Rockenfield. In his early years, he moved with his parents from the Navy Bases at Chincoteague, Virginia to Oletha, Kansas, to Alameda, California, and finally to San Diego, California. When his father retired from the Navy in 1962, George and the family moved to the Auwen family homestead south of Noble, Oklahoma. The Auwen family homestead was originally homesteaded by George's great grandfather, John William Russell, during the Land Run of 1889. Beginning at age 8, George lived on the family homestead until he married the love of his life, Katherine Ann Craig. While growing up in Noble, George was a member of the Noble High School Band playing the coronet, trumpet, and tuba. He also was active in the Future Farmers of America, the Noble High School wrestling program, and was one of the managers of the Noble High School wrestling team, as well. During his youth, he showed a strong work ethic, by helping his Mother and Dad around the farm, helping his Dad in his carpentry business, and was a butcher's assistant for the Super C grocery store in Noble, Oklahoma. After graduation from high school, he attended the Mid-America Technology Center in Wayne, Oklahoma where he became a diesel mechanic. His adult work history included working for Braum's Dairy, Foster Craig Construction, Sandridge Implements, Riverside Tractor and Farm Implement Service, Freck Truck Parts, and Garrett Brothers Trucking, until his medical retirement from Garrett in 2002. During the last 20 years of his life, George constantly amazed his doctors with his resilience from various health crises. His doctors called him the "miracle man" who seemed to always recover. His doctors told the family that when all the doctors get together to talk about their patients, they always end up talking about George, and how his medical case needs to be put into the medical journals for future studies, due to his unusual power of recovery. On 3 different occasions, the family was told that he would not recover, yet no doubt due to the power of prayer, he always did. George was an active member of the 84th Street Church of Christ for 38 years.
George was survived by his wife Katherine Rockenfield; son Evan Rockenfield and wife Heather Rockenfield; sister, Martha Finley and husband Larry Finley. He is also survived by 2 grandchildren, Peyton and Cruz Rockenfield, and numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He is also survived by an even greater family of church brethren, and friends who loved and admired him. His life touched many lives, and he will be greatly missed.
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