Marilyn Ann Rockel
Marilyn Ann Rockel, 76, of Gardner, Kan passed away July 6, 2017.
Marilyn was born June 23, 1941 in Ft. Madison, Iowa to Albert Anthony and Garnet Adella (Hopson) Thele. She grew up in Weaver, Iowa and was a graduate of Denmark Academy High School in 1959 and then attended junior college in Burlington, Iowa.
Marilyn married Ronald A. Rockel on February 23, 1963 in Gulf Port, Miss. She traveled with him while he was in the US Air Force. In Oct. of 1965, he was transferred to Richards-Gebaur Air Reserve Station in Mo, and then settled in Gardner in 1973. She worked for Wolf Brothers Dept. Store, Oppenheimer’s Investments and then retired from IBM Corp. in KCMO after 10 years. She was active in several women’s organizations: DAR, GFWC and Red Hat Society of Olathe. Marilyn was a volunteer worker at the JoCo Fair and was also on the board and was an events coordinator for Bands in the Park and also volunteered as co-manager at Ensor Farm in Olathe. Marilyn was a member of the Horseless Carriage Club for 40 years and loved doing style shows for the Shoe-buttoners.
Marilyn joined the Olathe Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution on February 6, 1999. Like everything Marilyn did, she quickly became a leader within the organization using her humor, energy and business skills to grow the Chapter and energize its members. She served as Chapter Recording Secretary and served two terms as Chapter Regent (2006-2010) and was elected as an Honorary Regent. Marilyn then served as the Kansas DAR State Treasurer from 2010-2013 and as NE District Director from 2013-2016. She also served as a State Chair of Commemorative Events.
Marilyn was never one to say it has always been done that way, but instead looked for new ways to engage the members and provide community service. She instituted the historic gardens at Lanesfield School, began the gift wrap fundraiser tradition, and the historic day trips. All of her work helped to put the Olathe Chapter on a healthy track that got the Chapter to its 100 members today. Marilyn has left a permanent imprint on the Olathe Chapter and the Kansas Society, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Gerald Thele. She is survived by her husband of the home; sons, Royce R. Rockel of Spring Hill, Kan and Richard A. Rockel of Meriden, Kan and brothers, Lyle Thele of Loveland, Co and Carl Thele of Denton, Texas.
Funeral service will be 10:00 am Monday, July 10, 2017 at Bruce Funeral Home, 712 S. Webster, Spring Hill, Kan 913-592-2244. Burial following at Spring Hill Cemetery. Visitation 3-5:00 pm Sunday, July 9, 2017 also at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com.