Rock Alan Jordahl, 56, was born to Harold and Lorna (Goplen) Jordahl April 4, 1956 in Moorhead, MN. He passed away peacefully at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital on Memorial Day, May 28th, 2012 surrounded by his family after an arduous battle with cancer. 

Rocky served as a fleet sailor in the United States Navy for 20 years and retired at the rank E6 Machinist Mate. Over the course of his career, he was deployed for 11 tours in the Middle East along with numerous state-side assignments.  His generosity was evident in the many gifts he presented to his family following each of his many travels.

Rocky was naturally proficient in all his endeavors. He was an avid Nascar fan and an auto enthusiast. He liked watching western movies and anything on the History channel, but he mostly enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Upon retirement from the military he resided in Horace, ND until his death. He was fiercely loyal to his mother, and his four sisters and their families.

He is survived by his mother Lorna and step-father Ken Johnson, Sr.; Sisters:  Debra (Jim) McCullough, Centerville, GA; Kathi (Dan) Trottier, rural Horace, ND; Gayle Kerkow (Richard Cutler), Collinsville, CT; Pam (Richard) Lewis, Vergas, MN, Nieces/Nephew:  Shanda (Denny) Gustafson, Fargo, ND; Robin (Ted) Bailey, Olympia, WA; Tracy (Jeremy) Tjon, Moorhead, MN; Travis (Kyann) Lewis, Audubon, MN; Mandi Walker (Nick Ludowese); Nichole (Shannon) Shell, Glyndon, MN; Erin (Alan) Moody, Fort Rucker, AL; and 18 great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.

Rock’s family would like to thank the staff and the Palliative Care Unit of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Fargo with a special thanks to Judy Knudson, MS, PA.

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  1. Joyce LAMy heart goes out to Rocks family, if you don’t recognize the name i am Bud and Delores Johnsons daughter. I remember Rock from the many barn dances ya’ll had when we where younger. Rock is up there with his Dad and my Dad and my brother Tim waiting on the rest of us. God blees you all.

  2. Winter Park FLRIP Rocky! I remember growing up with you at your family farm, with all your sisters. I guess we out numbered you. You were so lucky to have such a loving family that will miss you so very much. You are now at peace and we will see you again one day. Love, Connie

  3. Kathleen GADidn’t know Rock, but love his awesome sisters. May God give you the love & peace you’ve earned, Rock and comfort for your beautiful Family.

  4. Mpls MN
    Kathi and family~
    I am sorry for the loss of Rocky!
    Hold all the special memories in your heart forever!
    Thoughts, hugs and prayers to you all!

  5. Bloomington MN
    My sympathy to the entire Jordahl family on the deathy of Rocky, the name I seemed to know. As a 2nd cousin, I have not seen Rock since he was younger. He certainly lived an active life in his short years. May you find peace as we remember his legacy.

  6. Horace ND
    Will miss you my brother, just glad the pain is gone. I chose to remember all the good times more than the not so good. Yes as Deb said, all your questions about heaven are now answered. hope G&G G got to geet you there.

  7. My sympathy to the Family of Rock Alan Jordahl. We want to remember and keep our large number of Cousins in our prayers at this time.
    Peace be with you all.

  8. Deb and the family,
    I didn’t personally know Rock but I’ve heard wonderful things about him. I hate cancer! Know that we are praying for you and your whole entire family. Love and comfort, Marilyn

  9. Hebron CTHi Gayle,
    You have been so strong during Rock’s illness, you’re an inspiration, and Rock demonstrated tremendous courage as well. Hopefully you can be more at peace knowing your brother is finally free from pain and suffering and is home at last. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. Perry GAOur thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. May you have peace and comfort in knowing that Rock is in the arms of his heavenly Father! Love to all of you!

  11. Coventry CTMy thoughts and prayers go out to you. May you find strength in each other and peace in knowing he is at rest no longer in pain for he is home.

  12. You left us too soon, Rock, but we know you will be there to greet us when we come home. We are so happy that you will experience no more pain and your questions about heaven are now all answered.

    We will never forget you and will always treasure the memories we made with you!

    Love Always,

  13. Dear Gayle
    I am so very sorry to hear about your brother. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. Madison NERocky will be fondly remembered and missed! Our families shared in many gatherings, parties, and visits to my parents’ dairy farm, as well as visits to North Dakota
    for graduations, and events. When Rocky and his siblings would come to my parent’s farm in rural MN
    in the summertime, we would ride horses, play outside, and just hang out, maybe even found ourselves in a little trouble. But we had fun! We enjoyed spending time with our cousins. I lost track of Rocky over the past few years, I regret that I did not keep in touch with him.

    I’m keeping his family in my prayers!

  15. Enfield CTMy greatest sympathies to my best friend Gayle, Rocks sister and family.
    May you find peace now and no pain.

    ~Robert Ingersoll once wrote…
    In the night of death, hope sees a star, and listening love can hear the rustle of a wing. A human life is a story told by god.

  16. Gayle,
    My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family.
    I am sorry for your loss & I know what a sad time this is for all of you.

    Please take care of each other.

    Love, Sue.

  17. Hebron CTGayle and family,

    I am so very sorry for your loss. May your brother rest in peace now.
    With deepest sympathy,

  18. Vergas MN
    Rest in Peace Dear Brother Rock.
    Love you so very much!
    I am so glad we were able to spend time together these past months & talk about many adventures together/good times as well as bad times.
    You were the BEST!!
    xoxoxoxox Pam

  19. Naples Floridarest in peace Rocky my old friend.I’m sure it was a comfort having you all there with him. Thinking of you all. love Penny Headland Maxwell.

  20. Longmont COGayle and family,

    I recently saw and talked to Dave Prizbilla at a fundraiser in Longmont and he shared with me the sad news of Rock.

    I am praying for you and your family during this time of sadness.

  21. Wadena MN
    Rest in Peace, cousin Rocky. It was very fitting for him to leave us on this Memorial Day as we celebrated him today for his past service.

    Praying for Lorna, Deb, Kathi, Gayle, Pam, and your families. I will see you Thursday.

    Cousin Judy

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