John Albert Rothrock

July 5, 1925 - June 16, 2013
John Albert Rothrock

John Albert Rothrock, 87, of Wilmington, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2013 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Born on July 5, 1925 in Kenvil, NJ, he was the son of the late John Earnest and Margaret Smith Rothrock. He was a veteran of the US Army where he served as a Tec Sgt. and was a graduate of the University of Delaware with a degree in chemical engineering. For 38 years, John was a loyal employee of Union Carbide Chemicals & Plastics and Niacet Corporation. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather. An avid woodworker, John made grandfather clocks and furniture, and was a self-taught handyman. He was a member of the United Methodist Church and volunteered at the church and with Meals on Wheels for many years. John was a true sports fan, loved watching baseball on TV and rooting for the Atlanta Braves, or anyone playing against the Yankees.

Surviving, are his wife, Phyllis Andrick Rothrock; a son, Steve Rothrock (Dru) of Dublin, OH; two daughters, Linda Kelly (Steve) of Wilmington, NC, Nancy Cochran (Bo) of Ashburn, VA; five grandchildren, Ryan Rothrock, Ashleigh Rothrock, Tara Kelly, Ben Cochran, Sydney Cochran; and two nieces, Sue Billing and Fay Cepeda. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Barbara Billing.

A memorial service will be 1:30 pm Thursday in the chapel of
Brightmore of Wilmington; 2324 S. 41st Street; Wilmington, NC 28403.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina; 1314 Marstellar Street; Wilmington, NC 28401.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099


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  • June 19, 2013
    Kearney & Elethia Miller says:
    Linda, Tara and all the Rothrock Family: May your memories sustain you as you go through this difficult and sorrowful time in your lives. We know that the prayers of all your family and friends will comfort you and give you peace. May God bless and keep you ever in His care. Kearney & Elethia Miller (Christopher's grandparents)

  • June 19, 2013
    bob &meldie stewart says:
    A great friend,boss,mentor!A great timein my life working for & with John in marietta,ohio. A real first class gentleman. Regrets to his wonder full family. Bob& Armelda stewart

  • June 20, 2013
    Pamela Farley Graham says:
    Mrs. Rothrock, Linda and Family Was so sorry to hear about your loss. I rember your daddy when I was growing up and was in Linda's class and would come to your house in Williamstown. Your daddy was always so kind. May God be with you during this time. You and your family are in my prayers

  • June 19, 2013
    Melody Knuefener Carrel says:
    Linda and Family: Deepest Sympathy. What I can remember your dad was a good man. Melody Knuefener Carrels

  • June 18, 2013
    Fred & Shirley& Fred Jr says:
    Sorry we can't be there to hug you. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. With Love, Fred & Shirley Dearman