Rocklyn Anthony (Rocky) Gaither, 75, slipped away on December 28, 2020 at his home.
He was born in Ely, MN and spent his younger life as a military dependent. He had adventures in Germany, Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana.
Rocky joined the Air Force after high school graduation, spending his time in Spain and Italy. When he got out, after his four years, he came back to Ely to go to Vermilion College. He met his wife Nancy here and after they got married, he re-enlisted into the Air Force and stayed for 23 years. He retired to Ely in 1992 so he could do all the fishing and hunting he wanted. He went back to Vermilion for accounting classes, worked at the Ely Hospital and finally spent 13 years at the Minnesota Revenue Office. He retired from there in 2013.
He was preceded in death by all his grandparents, father Roy Gaither, mother Dorothy (Wattunen) Gaither, brother Roy, his uncles, Roy, Nick, Ed, RL, Glenn and Duane, Aunts Dolly, Irja, Mary and Judy.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Nancy (Zgonc); sons Nicholas (Tiffany), New Hope; Roey, Hibbing; and grandson Grayson Gaither, brother Richard, sister Carol (Glenn) Saffle, Patsy (Jone), Aunts Carol and Jennie, nephew and nieces and cousins, all whom he loved dearly.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Family arrangements have been entrusted to Kerntz Funeral Home of Ely.
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