On June 22, 2020, Linda Mae Rockhold passed away at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, after a lengthy battle with pneumonia and other health problems.

Linda was born on Dec. 22, 1949, in Corydon, Iowa, to Myrtle and Cecil Jackson. Linda, the youngest of four children married Kenneth Dean Rockhold on April 9, 1965. Out of that union Ken and Linda we’re blessed with four children: Melissa, Patricia, Nickolas and Amanda.

Linda was a stay at home mother for many years before dedicating her life helping feed others working in schools and nursing homes as a cook. Linda always enjoyed being in the kitchen and was well known by friends and family as a very good cook, her homemade rolls “could’ve been in a food group all by themselves” many family members would say. Her family meals “would’ve fed an entire army.”

Besides her love of cooking Linda played a big part in the lives of her favorite people, her grandchildren. “Maka” as she was known by her grandchildren was always supportive of their extracurricular activities. She was a constant figure at basketball, baseball and football games as well as dance completions and school programs. She was her grandchildren’s number one fan.

In her later years Linda enjoyed traveling with her husband of 55 years, working tirelessly in her immaculate garden and tending to her beautiful plants and flowers. She also found another love in her poodle, Bobo, who she spoiled and daunted over. Linda was a very loving and caring person, she touched many lives and will be missed by countless people.

Linda was preceded in death by her mother Myrtle, father Cecil; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

She is survived by her husband Ken of Ankeny; siblings: Carolyn Langloss of Jewel, Raymond Jackson and his wife, Jolene, of Ankeny, and Larry Jackson and wife, Jeanie, of Clio; children: Melissa Nederhoff and husband, Jeff, of Altoona, Patricia Hackney of Corydon, Nickolas Rockhold and wife, Angie, of Leighton and Amanda Rockhold of Ankeny; grandchildren include: Brady Hackney, Hogan, Avery and Josie Rockhold, Nathan Lee and Sydney Rockhold.  Grand puppies include: Hayden, Sis, Dash, April, Aikman and Odie. Linda was also survived by dozens of nieces, nephew, cousins and extended family.

Linda’s wishes were to forgo a traditional funeral asking those to simply remember the good times. Upon her wishes her remains are cremated and will remain with the family.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.