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 DELBERT RAY ROURKE 

 DELBERT RAY ROURKE 

Delbert Ray Rourke, age 93, passed away Monday, February 12, 2024, in The Pines in Kirksville, Missouri. He was blessed with a long and happy life. 

Delbert was born in Edina, Missouri, on September 25, 1930, the son of Lawrence and Iva Hayden Rourke. 

He was united in marriage to Neva Strong on March 11, 1951, at the Edina United Methodist Church. Neva preceded him in death on October 25, 2016. 

Delbert graduated from Edina High School in 1949. In 1959, Delbert started Charolais Cattle breeding with his partner Lila Kennedy. Delbert and Neva lovingly raised their family and managed the farming and cattle business in the Bee Ridge area until retirement in 1993. He and Neva then moved to Edina in 2001. Beginning in his teens, Delbert was an avid golfer. He and Neva enjoyed traveling with and entertaining friends and family. Not to mention keeping up with the activities of four grandchildren. Delbert was a 67-year member of Edina Masonic Lodge # 291 A.F. & A.M. and a lifelong member of the Edina First Christian Church where he had served as deacon, elder and board member president. 

Delbert was preceded in death by his wife, Neva; his parents; two infant sisters; brother, Deward; and nephew, Larry Rourke. 

Surviving are two children, daughter ,Nakita Mangels and husband Don of Lake Ozark, MO, and son, Kirk Rourke and wife Nancy of Kirksville, MO; grandchildren, Audra Miller and Harry Duff of Tulsa, OK, Max Rourke and wife, Nikayla, of Lee’s Summitt, MO, Abigail Rourke of Omaha, NE, and Faith Rourke of Warrensburg, MO; step grandchildren, Kyle and Jalinda Mangels of Tulsa, OK and Mark and Jamie Mangels, and two step great-grandchildren, Cora and Claire of St. Louis, MO. 

A Masonic service, visitation and funeral services were held Friday, February 16, 2024, in the Hudson- Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO, with Pastor Paul Harvey officiating the services. Music was by Phil and Carol Ahern. 

Burial was in Park View Memorial Gardens in Kirksville. 

Casket bearers were Mike Peters, Nathan Ahern, Ethan Ahern, Gary Cahalan, Andy Strong, Dobber Miller, Craig Kurth and Alan Rimer. 

Memorials are suggested to the Edina First Christian Church and or Knox County Nutrition Site. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson- Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO 63537.