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Scott Rothrock, pictured with his wife and two daughters, died Dec. 28.
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Scott Rothrock, pictured with his wife and two daughters, died Dec. 28.

Past SBJ 40 Under 40 honoree dies after wreck

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An honoree for Springfield Business Journal’s 2014 class of 40 Under 40 died Dec. 28. He was 35.

Scott Rothrock, a cancer survivor, died at Mercy Hospital Springfield after being involved in an accident with two semitrucks on Interstate 44, two miles west of Springfield, according to the crash report posted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The report indicates traffic congestion from a separate crash ahead caused one semitruck to strike Rothrock’s Chevrolet Silverado and force it to crash into the back of another semitruck.

A visitation for Rothrock is scheduled at 5 p.m. tomorrow at Greenlawn Funeral Home East, 3540 E. Seminole, followed by a funeral at 1 p.m. the following day, a Greenlawn official confirmed.

When Rothrock was a 40 Under 40 honoree, he worked as a continuous quality improvement manager for CoxHealth. He also previously was a process engineering manager for Bass Pro Shops’ Tracker Marine Group, manager at Reckitt Benckiser and distribution supervisor for UPS.

Springfield Police Department Public Affairs Officer Jasmine Bailey confirmed the Scott Rothrock who died Dec. 28 was the same person who was honored by SBJ in 2014. Bailey was unsure who Rothrock’s current employer is. An obituary was not posted on Greenlawn’s website as of this morning. CoxHealth spokeswoman Kaitlyn McConnell declined to disclose whether Rothrock still worked at the health care system, citing an inability to “share information about individuals’ employment status.”

Rothrock, according to his 40 Under 40 profile, became the largest individual fundraiser for American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life in 2000 after being diagnosed with cancer 11 months earlier. He also was involved as a volunteer for Ronald McDonald House Charities and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks.

Rothrock’s wife, Lindsey, did not respond to a Facebook message for comment this morning.

A fundraiser on GoFundMe has been set up to support Lindsey and her two children. It had raised $6,710 of a $10,000 goal as of this morning.


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