May 9, 1929 - October 16, 2013
Roscoe LeRoy Baptiste, age 84, passed away peacefully at his home in Gervais, with his wife at his side.Rocky was born in Pawhuska, Okla., May 9, 1929, a member of the Potawatomi Indian Tribe. Rocky was the youngest of five sons born to Joseph Louis and Rose Marvel (Copaugh) Baptiste.
He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, helping to build an airstrip with the construction battalion SeaBees on Cubi Point, the Philippines. When honorably discharged in 1953, Rocky held the rank of Driver Petty Officer 3rd class.He met and married Maxine Eileen Reid in Toledo on St. Patricks Day, March 17, 1951. He met Maxine while working for her father at her familys logging mill. They had five children and 63 wonderful years together.Rocky enjoyed many hobbies, including hunting, fishing, target shooting, gun-smithing and golfing. He loved old western/war movies, especially the ones with John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a bigger than life smile. Everyone who met Rocky came away feeling they had just met a true friend. Rocky worked many jobs in his life from greens keeper on local golf courses to foreman for the millwrights. Along with his family he lived in many different cities and states, wherever the job took him. He always seemed to come back to the Woodburn/Gervais area, as this was where he had cultivated many life-long friendships.He is survived by: his wife, Maxine; daughters Regena Story, Ramona (Kevin) Kruger, Becky (Bill) Davidson; sons Joseph Baptiste and Steve (Darci) Baptiste; 12 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren (with one on the way).Private interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery, with full military honors. A celebration of life will be held Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. at St. Louis Hall, 14013 Manning Road, Gervais.In lieu of flowers, Rocky asked that you make a donation in his name to the Wounded Warrior Project.