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Lawrence (Larry) T. O’Rourke, 87, died December 15, 2008 in Crowley, Texas.
The son of Thomas P. and Mary Ethel (Flynn) O’Rourke he was born July 2, 1921 in Parsons, Kansas. He moved with his family to Edina, Missouri in 1924. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in Edina and later from the Albany, Missouri Horology school of watchmaking.
He entered the service in October 1942 and served 28 months with the First Cavalry Division in World War 2. A veteran of four campaigns, he was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action near Lonoy, Leyte Province in the Philippines.
On April 8, 1949 with his brother, the Reverend Joseph O’Rourke officiating, he married Mary Margaret Sharp, also of Edina. They celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary this year.
Larry’s career was in the retail jewelry business. After moving to Texas in 1964, he managed a number of jewelry stores in the South and retired to Crowley, Texas in 1984.
He especially enjoyed reading, golf, travel and watching the Dallas Cowboys play football. He also liked to go to casinos on the Gulf coast.
Larry attended the Holy Family Catholic Church in Ft. Worth and had a deep and abiding faith in his Lord.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, one brother and an infant brother.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret, and one sister Marie Kimble of Winchester, IL and a number of nieces and nephews.
His ashes will be interred at the National Cemetery in Arlington, TX.
Cards may be sent to Margaret O’Rourke St. Francis Village 177, St. Clare Dr. Crowley, Texas 76036 and Marie Kimble (Mrs. Jack) 322 North Green Winchester, IL 62694.