Dell E. Roark

Dell E. Roark

Dell E. Roark (O’Rourke) at age 87 passed away on Saturday, September 10, 2016 while staying temporarily at Cotton Grove Estates Jesup, Georgia, under the care of his daughter Sharon Westfall with her husband Terry and Georgia Hospice Care, as a result of congestive heart failure.

Dell was born on June 2, 1929 in Tacoma, Washington to the late Claude and Alice Beckman Roark. He spent over 50 years in Port Angeles, Washington and was a graduate of Roosevelt High School.

Dell married Beverly Bell, they raised four children while he worked on the Milwaukee Railroad. Dell was a fierce competitor in bowling, pool tournaments and loved to ballroom dance. After his first marriage ended in divorce, Dell met and married the late Jewel Rich, and the two made their home in Kent, Washington. While residing there the pair enjoyed her 5 children Jeanette, Don, Kenneth, Ronald, Marsha and their families. Later in life he enjoyed traveling to compete in senior softball tournaments.

Dell also continued bowling, playing pool, loved playing cards and attended ballroom dances twice a week with some very special people in his life at Kent and Renton Senior Centers and the Renton VFW. During the last eight months of his life, Dell reflected back to his service as an alter boy in the Catholic Church and how he had fallen away. Miraculously, after over seventy years, Dell accepted Jesus Christ back into his life and testified to that fact until the day he died. 

In addition to his parents and his wife of twenty-one years, his siblings, Lee Roark, Margarett Hawks, Myrna Bennett and Larry Roark all preceded him in death.

Survivors include his son, Bruce O’Rourke and wife, Ann of Port Angeles, Washington; his daughters, Sharon Westfall and husband, Terry of Jesup, Georgia; Sandra Lynden and husband, Al of Kent, Washington and Sheila Roark Miller of Port Ludlow, Washington; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. 

Private memorial services will be held by the family at a later date.

Please sign our guestbook online at Howard & Jones Funeral Home, Jesup, GA.

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