Lawrence Rourk


January 12, 2015 - 12:00 AM

Lawrence E. Rourk, 87, Iola, died Friday, Jan. 9, 2015, at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute.
Lawrence was born Feb. 23, 1927, in Swartz, Mo., the son of Elzie and Ruby (McLean) Rourk. The family moved to farms southeast of Humboldt and west of Humboldt as he was growing up. He attended Salem and Owl Creek Rural Schools.
On June 14, 1950, Lawrence married Delma Harris in Iola and they made their home in the Iola area most of their married lives. He has worked for Shannon Hardware in Iola and as an oil driller in the oil and gas fields.
He was a member of the Iola Elks and had served on the Allen County Fair Board. Lawrence enjoyed gardening and fishing.
Delma, his wife of 64 years, survives, as do a daughter, Debbie Rourk, Iola; a son, Larry Rourk and wife Angie, Humboldt; two grandsons, Paden Rourk and wife, Devan, Mill Valley, Calif., and Avery Rourk, Humboldt; a brother, Jim Rourk and wife Donna, Iola; and a sister, Evelyn Geffert, Humboldt.
He was preceded in death by his infant son, Leon Rourk, brother Raymond Rourk and sisters Pauline Daniels and Dorothy Ellis.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Chapel in Iola. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Humboldt. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial gifts to Hope Unlimited may be left with the funeral home.
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