Obituary: Darold Rozell

Darold Glen “Rosie” Rozell, 73, of Lebanon, died June 3, 2010 at Avamere Lebanon Rehab and Specialty Care.

He was born July 19, 1936 to Harold and Vivian (Chaldek) Rozell in the family home on Clark Mill Road in Sweet Home.

He married Mary J. Hyde on Aug. 26, 1956 in Sweet Home.

After graduating in 1955 from Sweet Home High School, Mr. Rozell went to work for Linn County Fire Patrol for six weeks. He then got a job as a choker setter for Homer Moxley, a local logging company.

Then he went to work for Willamette Industries in Sweet Home where he was known as the “Candy Man.” He always had candy in his pockets.

He started pulling lumber off the chain, then moved to the plywood side, pulling veneer off the green chain. Later he drove jitney on the graveyard shift.

In October 1968, he passed the test for supervisor and became the graveyard green end foreman. In 1988 he went to Foster as a graveyard supervisor. In 1997 he retired from Willamette Industries after 38 years.

In the fall of 1998, the Rozells became “snow birds,” wintering in Yuma, Ariz. They enjoyed that until Mr. Rozell started having serious health problems. They sold their home in Yuma, returned to Oregon and bought a home in Lebanon.

Mr. Rozell always loved to travel and would take a vacation every year. He loved to spend time playing poker, going to auctions, talking to everyone he met, and spending special times with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary; son Gary Alan of Albany; daughter Staci and son-in-law Steve Steinbacher of Sweet Home; four grandchildren; and sisters Donna Brinlee, Darlene Steege, DeAda Myers and DeLane Hugley all of Salem.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Dorothy Brown, son Darold DeWayne Rozell, and numerous other family members.

Viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel.

A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, June 10, at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Lebanon.

Memorial contributions can be sent in Mr. Rozell’s name to The American Diabetes Association; Linn/Benton Counties Chapter PO Box 643 Corvallis, Oregon 97339.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.