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Clifford R. O’Rourke

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Clifford Robert O’Rourke, 67 of Ovid, Michigan, and for the past few months of Gaylord, Michigan, passed away on July 22, 2021.

Clifford was born to Vincent and Erma (Grover) O’Rourke on December 2, 1953, in Vanderbilt, Michigan.

He grew up in Vanderbilt on his parent’s farm where he had a variety of jobs before settling on being a truck driver in which he hauled asphalt and retired from Jordan Leasing Company.

He loved his Harley Davidson and spending time with his family and friends. Clifford had a great sense of humor and a mischievous grin.

He was preceded in death by his father, Vincent O’Rourke; siblings, Larry O’Rourke and Dennis O’Rourke; nephew, Jody O’Rourke; and his beloved dog, Stoner Blu.

Clifford is survived by his daughter; Nova Marie O’Rourke; mother, Erma Gene O’Rourke; sisters, Susanne (John) Padgett, Laurie (Richard) Simcek, and Grace (Lenny) Wall; brothers, Les O’Rourke and Philip (Carrie) O’Rourke; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord, on Friday, August 13, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation starting at 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

Donations may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses through the Nelson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

Arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, www.nelsonsfuneralhome.com.

7 comments on “Clifford R. O’Rourke”

  1. Cliff, you will be missed. You touched so many lives. I will always have you in my thoughts.
    Vicki Detzler

    • My brother, the pain I feel for your loss is overwhelming. You were such a part of my life. I will miss our talks, your laughter, your humor, and your smile, but most of all I will miss you. I was glad to be there for you with Mom and our sister, Sue, as your earthly journey ended and your heavenly journey started. I know dad and our brothers were there to guide you and I take comfort knowing this. Until we meet again.
      Love, your sis, Laurie

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    • My Prayers go out to his Family 🙏
      He was a Great Friend. We did a lot together. Many Memories of FUN and LAUGHING and Driving Them Big Trucks, Together.
      He will be MISSED!
      RIP MY FRIEND/BROTHER! 👊

      • I cried when I heard this, Cliff was a friend. When I was working uptown he used to come to sit when I had no customers and keep me company, we drank a lot of pots of coffee together. Rest in Peace, my friend.

        • Roberta Jean Martinez

          Erma I’m so sorry about the loss of your son. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Roberta Hill -Haworth – Martinez.

          • One of the greatest brother-in-laws a person could ever ask for. We had some long conversations and I treasure them all, a great and caring friend , you are greatly missed . Until we meet again my friend, Live
            On! John

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