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“To the Penaflor family,so sorry to hear of my kind instructors passing. Mr.Rockie always treated me with respect and pushed me to excel.He will...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: ron hicks - huntsville, AR

“Condolences to the Penaflor Family.Mary and Dave Ortiz ”
2 of 13 | Posted by: Mary Ortiz - Rock Falls, IL

“Our condolences to the Penaflore Family. Rocky was a good man. Rocky Jr. and Valerie, so sorry for your loss. ”
3 of 13 | Posted by: David Ortiz - Rock Falls, IL

“So sorry for your loss.I know Lynna and she always has wonderful things to say about her grandpa.He was a staple in her life. Thank you for being a...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Kimberlee Amerine - Davenport, IA

“Deepest Sympathy,My thought,s an Prayers are with the Penaflour Family ”
5 of 13 | Posted by: Jaime Jiminez - Rock Fallscylf9, IL

“I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Mr Rockie was my Taekwondo teacher from 1979-1981. He made such an impression on me with his devotion to family...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Marla Madalone (Kendell) - Peyton, CO

“Im sorry for your loss Tracy. Your father sounded like a very accomplished man. The loss of a parent is difficult but natural. God grant you peace...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Orlando Pons - Laguna Hills, CA

“My deepest sympathy goes out to the entire Penaflor family on the loss of this wonderful and admirable man. I knew him to be a kind and loving father...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Dianna Kirklin - Geneseo

“So sorry for your loss! ”
9 of 13 | Posted by: Norma Medrano - Rock Falls, IL

“Mr. Roque Penaflor andDear Mr. Penaflor...Thankyou for having your Daughter Angela...what a Blessing. ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Connie Penaflor - North Port, FL

“I will always remember my Uncle Rocky, what a loving example of a Family man that he was. He inspired me by his dedication to his Family and his hard...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: John Lira - Sterling, IL - Family

“Don Penaflor made a positive impact on me as one of those father figure person's whom were genuine and honest. He was a proud Patriarch of his...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: John Miniel Sr. - Sterling, IL

“So sorry for your loss, sending prayers your way. Remembering the 42 years of being your neighbor. ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Linda Anderson - galt, IL


Rockie Penaflor (Mr. Rockie) passed away on April 9th, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling, IL. He was 90 years old.

Mr. Peñaflor was born on August 27th,1927 in Deming, New Mexico to his parents, Felipé and Angela Peñaflor. Rockie was raised in his beloved Rocky Mountains of Claremont, Wyoming until his family moved to Sterling at age 13. He married Mary Lou Dunaven on July 14th, 1948. They were married 69 years.

The Peñaflors lived in Sterling and later Galt, where Rockie was self-employed as a treesurgeon for over 50 years. Mr. Peñaflor proudly served in the Air Force and Army as a Snow Trooper Scout post WWII and was stationed in Hawaii and Austria. Later in the Army, he achieved the role of Honor Guard. He also taught at his school of Taekwondo, Kim's Black Belt Academy, in Rock Falls, IL for over 30 years.

Rockie is survived by his wife, Mary; children, Rockie (Kate) Peñaflor, Valarie (Charles) Tanner, Angela Peñaflor, Christine Terrock, Debra Peñaflor and Fiancé James Miniel, Serita (Robert) Neal, Phillip (Anna) Peñaflor, Tracy (Oscar) Salas and Roque Jose Raul Peñaflor as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Manuel Peñaflor, and sister Alicia Estrada. He is preceded in death by his father, Felipe; his bother, Angela; sister, Dominga Manzano; brother, David C. Peñaflor; sister, Ernestine Barron; brother, Raul Peñaflor in infancy; sister, Lydia Trujillo, one grandson, one great-grandson and a great-granddaughter.

There will be a visitation from 8:30 – 10:30 AM Saturday, April 14th at McDonald Funeral Home in Sterling, IL. Funeral Mass will be held at St Mary's Church in Sterling at 11:00 AM. Burial services will immediately follow at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling; Celebratory luncheon post burial. All are invited to the commemoration of his life.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.