Jack O’Rourke

            John “Jack” O’Rourke, age 78, of Morristown, died on Tuesday evening, December 15, 2009, at his home surrounded by his family.

            Services will be held on Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. in the Peace United Methodist Church, Morristown with the Reverend Elden Eklund, officiating.  Interment will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Morristown with veteran’s military rites provided by the American Legion Post 149, Morristown.

            Visitation will be in the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Friday, December 18 from 3 to 8 p. m. and also at church for one hour prior to the services on Saturday.

            John Thomas, the son of Cecil and Dorothy (Tech) O’Rourke, was born March 22, 1931 in Britt, Iowa where he grew up on a farm and attended school.  He served in the Army during the Korean War.   On October 6, 1952, he married Frances Brooks at the Little Brown Church, Nashua, Iowa.  He worked on heavy highway construction and at the GTA Elevator in Morristown.  He owned and operated O’Rourke Construction for over 50 years.  Jack was a member of American Legion Post 149 in Morristown and served as Commander and 3rd District Membership Director.  He was flagman at Cannon River Speedway at Morristown, Austin and Mason City, IA.  He was Mayor of Morristown for 15 years; a fireman with the Morristown Fire Department for 23 years and retired as an honorary fireman; he was on the original Dam Days Committee; they owned and operated O’Rourke Country Music Tours.  He enjoyed a winter home in Branson, MO, country music, westerns, collecting coins, eagles and antiques and was proud of his Irish heritage.

            Jack is survived by his wife, Frances of Morristown; six children, Sheri (and Leon) Gregor of Morristown, Shelly (and Jeffrey) Wenker of Morristown, Sandy O’Rourke of Faribault, Patrick O’Rourke (and special friend, Val Pommeranz) of Morristown, Lisa (and Scott) Bauer of Faribault, Michael (and Adrienne) O’Rourke of Morristown; 13 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; a sister, Marge Arndorfer (and special friend, Charlie Moeckley) of Britt, IA and the family dog, Buster.

            He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother, James.

           

     
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Guest Book Memories Will Be Recorded Below

Name:
Arlette (Mensing) Hogan
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jonlet9394@sbcglobal.net
Date:
Thursday December 17, 2009

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Dear Franny & Sheri & all of the family, I really appreciated all the times you all had helped me when I couldn't get ahold of my Mom Milda in Morristown........I hadn't heard much about any of you lately & as health problem's for my husband John began getting worse we didn't get home to Minnesota this year & that was a first and really an eye opening as we never missed seeing all of our relatives & friend's & reunion's with classmates in Morristown.....Franny's sister Joyce was with me in school & she had to leave this world to a better place to early as well but we alway's remembered her with the class of 1948!!!!!! Wow!! that was many moon's ago as well. Please accept my deepest sympathy to all of your family & don't ever forget you will all be reunited someday again someday & Jack will be watching over you all & be there in spirit as well........Love & Prayer's to all of you during this time of grieving & know Jack has no more suffering & had his happy reunion in heaven..........Arlette Hogan

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Chris,BettyJo(Miller),Ashley & Jennifer Ayers
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Wednesday December 16, 2009

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My thoughts and prayers go out to each and everyone of you!! Jack was a wonderful neighbor as I was growning up he would come over to visit my parents. He always had this silly grin on his face and he would love to give me alot of crap. I sure will miss that old guy. I know its hard but he's in a better place and is no longer suffering. You all can cherish all the memories and the laughter day after day. He's always looking over you making sure that everything is fine. Shelly he's gonna make sure that everything will go right for you and get you back on your feet to good health again!!!! God Bless you all-

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Chris,BettyJo(Miller),Ashley & Jennifer Ayers
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Wednesday December 16, 2009

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My thoughts and prayers go out to each and everyone of you! He was a great neighbor he always came over to visit my parents and would give me alot of crap. I sure will miss seeing that old guy. I know its hard but he's in a better place and is no longer suffering.You all have to cherish the great times and all the memories of your husband,dad and loving grandpa those are what keeps you going day after day. God Bless to you all of you-

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Chris,BettyJo(Miller),Ashley & Jennifer Ayers
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Wednesday December 16, 2009

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My thoughts and prayers go out to each and everyone of you! He was a great neighbor he always came over to visit my parents and would give me alot of crap. I sure will miss seeing that old guy. I know its hard but he's in a better place and is no longer suffering.You all have to cherish the great times and all the memories of your husband,dad and loving grandpa those are what keeps you going day after day. God Bless to you all of you-

Name:
Dave & Karen Hoffman
Email:
hoffman@sbtek.net
Date:
Wednesday December 16, 2009

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Our condolances to Franie and all of the family. I've known Jack my entire life growing up in Morristown he always had time to stop and talk to me even when I was a kid growing up in Morristown and after moving away from Morristown for the last 30+ years when we would run into each other at Morristown functions when Karen and I would return to Morristown he always took time to visit with me when we seen each other. I admired Jack and will always remember his humor. Dave and Karen Hoffman Waterloo, Iowa

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Sue Schweisthal Chambers
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Wednesday December 16, 2009

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Quite the guy - glad the suffering is over - Morristown has lost a great guy. My thought and prayers are with all of you. The memories and stories that will be shared in the next few days will warm your hearts. Also prayers are also for Shelly. Your a wonderful caring family alot to be proud of. Always enjoy seeing each of you. Suzie