Ernest “Ernie” Howard Rockhill, 78, passed away in his home, surrounded by his loving family on January 27, 2020 after a valiant battle with pulmonary fibrosis. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and ultimately gave him peace.
Ernie was born on April 21, 1941, to the late Edward and Martha Rockhill in Butler, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Bulter High School in 1960. Ernie proudly served our country in the United States Navy onboard the U.S.S. Independence. He married his high school sweetheart, Marianne Heider, in 1963. Ernie worked as a sales representative in the home furnishing industry for over 40 yrs.
Ernie is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marianne; their children Ernest Jr.(Maureen), Nicole (Robert ) Gladieux and Kendra (Joseph) Doone; grandchildren, Samantha and Ernest III “Howie” Rockhill, Kyle (Makenzie), Cole and Karis Gladieux, Haleigh and Shayne Doone; his sister, Charlene Barnett; brother, Kenneth Rockhill; sister in law, Carol Rockhill; as well as his beloved dog, Daisy. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Edward D. Rockhill.
Memorial services will be private. The family suggests that anyone wishing to commemorate Ernie’s life consider a donation in his name to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital (501 St. Jude Place Menphis TN 38105) or www.stjude.org.
The family wishes to thank Kindred Hospice for their compassionate care, especially Serena Stewart, whose kindness and care brought great comfort to both Ernie and Marianne, as well as the special neighbors and friends who were so supportive throughout the course of his illness
Your gentle touch, your tender care. A smile as bright as sunshine, a heart of no compare. A spirit that will glow forever, in the memories that we share.