MORGANTON Ronald "Ron" Larry Rockey, 75, of Morganton, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019.

Born in Wauseon, Ohio, Dec. 30, 1943, he was the son of the late Raymond and Evelyn Collins Rockey.

Ron graduated from the Marion Military Institute in 1964 and attended the University of Alabama. He served in the U.S. Army from 1965 until 1971. He was self-employed in Winter Haven, Fla., for many years until his retirement. Ron loved following sports, getting out in his red Corvette, and collecting neon signs and memorabilia.

Ron is survived by his wife of nearly 33 years, Leslie Hogan Rockey; stepson, Jamey Winrow (Jessica); and granddaughter, Lexi Winrow.

In addition to his parents, Ron was preceded in death by a brother, Dean Rockey.

A celebration of life will be held at the Historic Burke County Courthouse, 102 E Union St. in Morganton, Monday, Sept. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Special Olympics North Carolina, 2200 Gateway Centre Blvd. Ste. 201, Morrisville, NC 27560-9122 or to Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, 1721 Enon Rd., Valdese, NC 28690.

Sossoman Funeral Home and Crematory Center is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.sossomanfh.com.

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