Michael Patrick O'Rourke, 43, a resident of Minneapolis, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2014, due to complications of Huntington's Disease.
Michael was born in Gallipolis, Ohio, on March 22, 1970. He was a 1988 graduate of Gallia Academy High School, where he participated in band, tennis, wrestling and cross-country. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church.
Mike, an active member of Boy Scout Troop 200, earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1988 and was also a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow. One of his fondest memories was a 1987 trip to Philmont High Adventure Camp in Cimarron, N.M.
A 1992 graduate of Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, majoring in economics and banking, and was on the ASU Dean's List for six consecutive semesters. While at ASU, he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
After graduating from ASU, Mike was employed by Wachovia Bank in Winston Salem, N.C., and subsequently by Century Bank in Minneapolis.
Mike was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, and by his father Donald E. O'Rourke.
Survivors include his son Chase (12) and ex-wife Audrey Dahl, both of Perham, Minn.; his mother Carol O'Rourke, of Gallipolis; brothers Gene O'Rourke (Lisa), of Amelia, Ohio, and Bruce O'Rourke, of Winter Park, Fla.; sister, Molly O'Rourke, of Bogota, Colombia; maternal stepgrandmother Nell C. Pierson, of Macon, Ga.; and seven nieces and nephews.
Mike will be remembered as a young man with a ready smile, a quick wit, a sense of mischief and a wonderful sense of humor.
Special thanks go to his caregivers at Good Samaritan Society Specialty Care Center in Robbinsdale, Minn., where Mike had resided since March 2007. The staff and administration of "Good Sam" allowed Mike to live and die with grace and dignity. The family also wishes to thank Hospice of the Twin Cities for their extraordinary caring and support both to Mike and to his family during the last days of his life.
No services are planned at this time; however, if one wishes to make a contribution in Mike's memory, the family suggests the following:
Good Samaritan Specialty Center, 3815 West Broadway Ave., Robbinsdale, MN 55422 (www.good-sam.com); Hospice of the Twin Cities, 2000 Summer St. NE, #100, Minneapolis, MN 55413 (www.hospiceofthetwincities.com); or Huntington's Disease Society of America (HDSA), 505 8th Ave., Suite 902, New York, NY 10018 (www.hdsa.org).