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Timothy 'Tim' Rockafellow, 15 Sep 1956 - 20 Jan 2023


Posted By: Sarah Witte (email)
Date: 1/26/2023 at 14:54:45

Timothy “Tim” Rockafellow, 66, of West Branch, IA, died on Friday, January 20, 2023, at his home surrounded by family. Celebration of Life will be held at Stone Creek Golf Course in Williamsburg, IA on February 25 from 2-5. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the Friends of West Branch Firefighter Foundation (PO Box 218, West Branch, IA) or Iowa Public Radio.

Tim was born on September 15, 1956, in Mason City, Iowa, the son of Irving ”Rocky” and Rose Marie (Boyle) Rockafellow. In 1967, all fifteen of the Rockafellow clan moved to Iowa City, where Tim graduated from Regina high school in 1974 and the University of Iowa in 1981.

He met his wife, Kim, while working at University Hospital School (now the Center for Disabilities and Development) in 1981. They were married in 1986 in Iowa City and moved to rural Iowa County where they had two children, Seth and Isaac. Tim worked in sleep medicine as a sleep technician at UIHC and later as Technical Director at ENT Sleep Center.

Tim enjoyed family, golfing with and without the Deadbeats or any time at Stone Creek Golf Course, politics, public radio, newspapers, and the Iowa Hawkeyes.

He is survived by his wife, Kim; children Seth (Jessica) Rockafellow and Isaac (Alyssa Marchetti) Rockafellow; brothers Pat (Novelette) Rockafellow, Mike Rockafellow, and Tom Rockafellow; sisters Mona (Chuck) Eckermann, Paulette (Terry) Jones, Kathleen (Dave) Link, and Mary Rockafellow; mother-in-law Jan Tegeler; sisters-in-law Amie (Bill) Rockafellow and Vicki (Craig) Ross; brothers-in-law Joe (Suzette) Zoll and Mike (Kenna) Johnson; 18 nieces and nephews; 30 great nieces and nephews, and many cousins, extended family, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Irving “Rocky” and Rose Rockafellow; brothers Todd, Bill, and Jack Rockafellow; sisters Suzette (Joe) Zoll and Lynn Apel; and fathers-in-law Chuck Johnson and Bill Tegeler.

Special thanks to Iowa City Hospice and West Branch Fire and Rescue.

Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.lensingfuneral.com.

Published in The Gazette on 26 Jan 2023.


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