David Rockne

David B. Rockne, age 86, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Saturday, September 19, 2020, at Avera Sr. James Care Center in Yankton.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Reverend Larry Regynski officiating. The service will be livestreamed and you can watch the livestream at www.facebook.com/wintzray or on David’s obituary page at www.wintzrayfuneralhome.com. Cremation will follow after the Mass and burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery at a later date. Visitation is from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a rosary and video tribute at 7:00 PM. Please follow all social distancing guidelines when attending the services.   In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer memorials may be made to Sacred Heart School at 1500 St. Benedict Drive in Yankton, SD 57078 or the Family Radio Rosary at 1400 Sunrise Drive in Yankton, SD 57078.

Pallbearers will be his grandchildren: Melanie Greco, Stephanie Kopetsky, Jacob Rockne, Vanessa Rockne, Sarah Rockne, Lucas Rockne, Hunter Rockne, Christopher Rockne, Jason Rockne and Laura Hancock. Honorary pallbearers will be his great grandchildren.

David B. Rockne was born January 30, 1934, in Yankton, South Dakota, to Ole and Iva (Brown) Rockne. He grew up in Mission Hill, South Dakota and attended Mission Hill Grade School and graduated from Gayville High School in 1951. He moved to Montana and worked for the forest service for a short time until he returned to Mission Hill to help with his dad’s trucking business. He married Carol Tielke on October 22, 1955, in Yankton. They lived in Yankton and shortly after their marriage David began working as a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service, which he continued for over 30 years, retiring in 1990.

David was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and had a strong faith in the Lord. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, trap shooting, collecting things, and telling stories.   He was a hardworking man who always counted his blessings, beginning when he overcame polio when he was 15 years old.   He loved his family and loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, always inviting them on hunting or fishing trips.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Rockne of Yankton; son, Tom (Leann) Rockne of Yankton; daughter-in-law, Sherry Rockne of Yankton; 10 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Betty Rockne of Anchorage, Alaska; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Mike Rockne; infant twin brother, Donald; infant sister, Marilyn; and three brothers: Wayne, Jerry and Lamar Rockne.


To watch the service for Dave Rockne, click on the link below.  His funeral is in three parts.




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4 response to "David Rockne"

  1. By: Doris Tim Mundy Posted: September 21, 2020

    I am sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. My thoughts are with you Carol and the family. He will be missed by many. You both were the best neighbors as we were growing up right next door.

  2. By: Brad, Jodi and Nathan List Posted: September 21, 2020

    Carol, Tom and family –
    We are so sad to see your husband / father / grandfather passed away. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Cherish the awesome memories – hugs!!

  3. By: Dan Dickes Posted: September 22, 2020

    Dear Carol, Tom, and Rockne family-
    It is with heavy heart that I send our condolences to you on the passing of your husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Bev and I always marveled at his kindness and neighborly personality! I’ll always remember Dave as our trusted, reliable postman at my home on Cedar St. I knew my dad really enjoyed visiting with Dave during his route stop at our house. As fellow supporters of Sacred Heart Church and School, I witnessed a mutual respect and mission. On behalf of the Dickes and Tim families, please accept our sincere sympathies on your loss. He truly has blessed the Heavens and no doubt has reunited with son Mike.
    Dan Dickes

  4. By: Katie Boom Posted: September 22, 2020

    Dear Tom & Rockne family,
    My deepest condolences in the loss of your Dad.
    Keeping you in thoughts & prayers during this difficult time.
    Remember to keep your treasured memories close to your heart, so you may reach for one when needed.
    God Bless you!

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