Monday, July 30, 2012

Clemmie “Jim” C. Rourk 1918-1986

Clemmie “Jim” C. Rourk was born a son of Ransom Rourk and Minie (Risher) Rourk August 24, 1918 in South Carolina, and he departed this life at the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, June 14, 1986 having attained the age of 67 years 7 mos. And 20 days.

He lived most of his young life in the state of South Carolina.  “Jim” as he was known by his many friends enlisted in the United States Army March 31, 1936 serving a total of 21 years with pride and devotion to his country which was evidenced by his receiving numerous service medals and awards.  He retired from the military March 31, 1957 at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.  After his retirement from the service he was a well known business man in the Waynesville - St. Robert, Mo. Area, until his health failed.  He was an admirer of nature and the outdoors.

Jim was united in marriage to Irmgard (Katzenmeyer) Rourk October 21, 1965 at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

He is survived by his wife Irmgard of the home; 2 sons, Ronald and Freddy Rourk both of the state of California; 2 daughters, Meryl Black of the state of South Carolina and Karen Rourk of the state of California; 2 brothers, Frank Rourk and Perry O. Rourk both of the state of South Carolina; and 1 sister, Corrie Estridge of the state of South Carolina, and eight grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 17 at 11:00 a.m. in the Waynesville Memorial Chapel with Chap. Lindsey Arnold officiating.

Music was provided by Dorothy Moore, organist.

Escorts were: Jack Cruggs, Ken Byers, Bill Fincher, Pete Prewitt, Bill Rippee, Luther Thomas.

Interment was with full military honors in the Waynesville Memorial Park Cemetery, Waynesville, Mo., under the direction of Waynesville Memorial Funeral Chapel.

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