CROWLEY – Services will be held Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Church in Rayne, Louisiana for Mervin Joseph Rourk, 79, who died Sunday, November 9, 2008 at his home in Rayne. Father Bill Ruskoski will officiate the services.
A rosary will be held Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 7 p.m. in the Duhon Funeral Home Chapel.
Visitation will be observed Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Wednesday from 8 a.m. until the time of service.
Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery #2 in Rayne.
Mr. Rourk was a lifelong resident of Rayne and a veteran of the United States Army, having served during the Korean Conflict.
Mr. Rourk is survived by his wife of 56 years, Thelma Rourk of Rayne, La.; one son; Michael and wife Doreen Rourk of Rayne, La.; two daughters, Becky and husband Michael Burnett and Dale and husband Kenneth Meche both of Rayne, La.; two brothers, Burney Rourk of Sulphur, La. and Vernon Rourk of Scott, La.; three sisters, Dorothy Prudomme of Lafayette, La., Olesia Smith of Rayne, La., and Sybil Nichel and brother-in-law Milo of Crowley, La; and four grandsons; Robert Fontenot, Matthew Rourke, and Clayton Burnett all of Rayne, La. and Corey Rourk of Cookeville,
He is preceded in death by his daughter, Laura Rourk; one grandson, Alex Burnett; his parents; Elise Cormier and Martin Rourk; and one brother; Pauvin Rourk.
Pallbearers for the service are Mr. Rourk’s grandsons Robert Fontenot, Matthew Rourk, Clayton Burnett, Corey Rourk, and godchildren Ronnie Prudhomme and Charles Whitehead.
Rourk’s godchild Brandon Porrier will serve as honorary pallbearer.