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Butch & Sharon Rocker
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Butch and Sharon Rocker were both born in Garnett, Kansas. After a four year stint in the Navy, Earl (Butch) Rocker moved back to Garnett and shortly thereafter married Sharon Thompson on July 1, 1972. They have spent their entire married life in Garnett. Butch began working for the City of Garnett in December, 1972 after a brief period of time as an equipment operator for a construction company. Sharon worked at the Garnett Public Library from 1968 until about 1978. She worked at both JC Penney and Sears before returning to the library in November, 1990 and is still there.
Sharon and Butch have 2 children and 2 grandchildren, daughter Erin, son-in-law Brian, grandchildren Abby and Eli and son Ian. These people are their most valued accomplishments, nothing is more important.
Through the early years of their marriage both Butch and Sharon volunteered with the American Cancer Society through residential door-to-door drives, daffodil days, educational programs and the memorable Relay for Life events! They were also involved with the summer softball and baseball programs, Butch as a coach and Sharon as scorekeeper. They are proud of the former "Friends of the Arts" group that supported monetarily and "hands on" the many events of the art, music, dance and theatre programs at ACHS. They also feel privileged to work with a great committee that promotes and shares the planning of "The Spirit of Christmas" project with ECKAN.
Sharon is "all things" library. She is especially well known for her delicious food and pretty decor at library events. She doesn't think many people get to work at a job they truly love. Butch spent forty plus years as a City employee, primarily with the Gas and Water Department. He was and is a dedicated and hard worker and an example of what an employer would be proud to have. Through those years he met and learned from a good many people. After retirement, he began serving on the City Housing Board.
Butch and Sharon attend the First Christian Church.
Their family is fortunate to share a love of music. The entire family (minus Sharon) have a wide variety of musical talents that they share with anyone that wants to listen! Along with music, laughter is a key component in all that they do.
They want to say it is a great honor to be chosen Christmas Parade Grand Marshalls. Thank you so much for the privilege.
1st Place - First Christian Church
2nd Place - Trinity Lutheran Church
3rd Place - Friends of the Prairie Spirit Rail Trail
**We apologize, we were unable to get good pictures of our winners due to the rain.