He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville, attended Oklahoma University at Auburn and Texas A&M University at College Station. He was a veteran of WWII who served with the 6th infantry division in the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign and he was a member of VFW Post 6290, a member of the Knights of Columbus, and a member of A.C.T.S. Community.
He worked at Reynolds Metals and served as a union representative. He retired as a human resource manager from Western Company of America. He was also a Wel-Tech Safety Inspector, and SER Jobs for Progress. He also served as a Refugio County Commissioner from 1990-1994. He was a past president of the Refugio Lions Club, a Scout Master in the Refugio Boy Scouts, a Refugio Little League manager and Pony League Manager and a Semi-Pro Baseball Manager for Refugio/Rockport/Gregory, and he was a member of LULAC and also the GI Forum.
He was born to Julian Rocha and Carolina Serrata Rocha in Refugio, on Dec. 26, 1926.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Albert Rocha and Louis Rocha; and a grandson, Michael Young.
Survivor’s include his wife Anita Barrera-Rocha of Hallettsville; a daughter Becky (Charles) Pinter of Wesson, Miss.; three sons, Patrick (Linda) Rocha of Ingleside, Larry (Nada) Rocha of Colorado Springs, Colo., Ruben (Billie) Rocha of Odessa; three step-daughters Sophia(Ronnie) Adams, Tina Doubrava and Sharyl Silgero, all of Hallettsville; two step-sons Bobby (Sammi) Silgero and Tony (Lisa) Silgero, all of Hallettsville; one sister Julia Lozano of Refugio; 15 grandchildren; 15 step-grandchildren; 23 grandchildren; 14 step-grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.
A rosary was recited at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 18, at Moore Funeral Home Chapel.
Mass was celebrated at 10 a.m., Saturday,May 19, at Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church.
Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery in Refugio.