Rockford (Rocky) George Hanken July 8, 1945 – April 24, 2015 Rocky passed away in his sleep. He left behind his beloved wife of 42 years, Kathy; two children Samantha and Richard and a brother Garret. Born in the US, attended USC, served in the Navy during the Vietnam War, worked 25+ years with IBM, 20+ years with his own company, 12+ years as an adult educator and administrator, and 69 years as a friend that improved the world around him. He will be sorely missed. The service will be held on June 13, 2015 at 2:00pm at the Rice Mortuary in Torrance.

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  1. Kathy, Samantha, and Richard: Your loss is shared by us all. Rocky is greatly missed. Many memories of his being there when needed and as long as needed. He is still here with us. Love, Aunt Marie.

  2. Kathy, Samantha, and Richard:

    Jeannie and I were saddened to hear of Rocky’s passing and our love and prayers go out to you. We feel so blessed that we got to know all of you while we lived in So. Cal as Rocky was such a caring and loving man. A Gentle Giant and we will treasure the memories forever. We will see you on the 13th and may peace be with you.

    Frank Mello

  3. Kathy, Samantha, and Richard

    I am incredibly saddened by the news of Rocky’s passing.

    Knowing Rocky was one of life’s treasured gifts! Rocky was “one of the good guys” personified.

    His love for his family most admirable; his hand was always extended in friendship to the world.

    We were all so lucky to have journeyed on life’s road with Rocky!

    Prayers and love to you.
    Stevye Proffitt

  4. WOW – This hit me like a shot!

    I will always remember the Rocky I knew, a fellow technology lover from a time when that was a rare attribute indeed. So sad you had to leave us, Rocky. You will be forever remembered.

  5. Kathy, Samantha, and Rich,

    Marilyn and I still find ourselves in a state of shock and dismay over the passing of Rocky. It is just so hard to believe. We will never forget him, and we extend our hearts to help you through these most difficult of times.

    For me, few friends have ever been as close as Rocky and I have been over the years. It began the day I arrived to embark on my assignment as a member of the IBM Technical Group (TAG) in Los Angeles in 1986. I was barely sitting at my desk before Rocky came by to offer his assistance and guidance. From there, a deep and personal friendship born, developed and grew.

    After TAG, we spent a number of years together as managers in San Diego. This was the beginning of a difficult time at IBM and we had many opportunities to share our thoughts with each other, [all the while] building our friendship. Our families became close friends as well. And we had a chance to participate in and enjoy seeing each other€™s children grow into fine adults. And we shared many, many great moments sailing and skiing over the years.

    As a professional, Rocky was more than a simple risk taker; he was deliberate and calculated at everything he did. As a friend, he had a generous soul and a warm heart. He never met a person in need that he didn’t find some way of helping. To me, Rocky is an example of what good looks like when it comes to unconditional friendship. And as a father and husband, his love was absolutely unconditional. He could not have been happier than when he was with, or talked about you three – which he did often.
    Many people over the years had the privilege of calling Rocky a friend. I am so happy and honored to have been one of those.

    From Marilyn, Ashley, Wes, and me, our hearts go out to you and wish you well. We will miss Rocky, but will always cherish
    the time we shared on this good earth.

  6. Kathy, Richard and Samantha,
    Barb and I were extremely saddened by the surprise passing of Rocky. There is no doubt that he was an exceptional husband, father and friend.

    We have thoroughly enjoyed our association and friendship with all of you. May you find peace and warmly remember all of wonderful memories you have had with your husband and father.

    Bill & Barb

  7. Goodby old friend, we have known each other for many years both as friends and co-workers. I want to thank you again for everything you have done for me. Thank you to Kathy for all of the support and friendship over the years. Rock, Kathy, Rich and Sam, you will all be in our prayers.

    Bill & Stephanie Brown

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