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Lionel T. O'Rourke

1929 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Lionel T. O'Rourke Obituary
April 18, 1929 - February 11, 2017 it is with great sadness that I share with you the loss of great man and loyal friend. Lionel was born in Saskatchewan, Canada, from a family of six children moving to California in December 1942, where he attended North Hollywood Junior High and then graduated San Fernando High School June of 1947. Upon graduating, Lionel signed up for the United States Air Force with his best friend Marshall Villa. It was a story people close to him often heard about. He honorably served from 1947 to 1950 in Japan, where he learned to speak fluent Japanese. He returned home to work for the Southern Pacific Railroad for 5 years. Lionel married his first wife, Louise Alcala, in which he is survived by their 2 sons Manuel R. O'Rourke and Robert D. O'Rourke. He later retired from his 35-year career at the Los Angeles Unified School District. After the loss of his second wife, Loretta Monahan, Lionel dedicated his life to sobriety family, great friends, traveling, and beautiful lawns of 18 holed greens. Lionel had a special love of the desert. Some of his favorite stories were of hiking the pyramids and exploring the mines of Mexico. Lionel's great-grandchildren and great-nephews were the pride and joys of his life. The legacy of his kind spirit, passion for outdoors, and love for life will live through them. He was a man that truly inspired all that knew him. With a smile on his face and a joke on his lips, there was nothing better than a good cup of coffee and an engaging conversation with Lionel. You will be truly missed, pops, but not forgotten. Services for Lionel will be held March 25th, 11am-2pm at the Elks Lodge (proud member for 33 years) at 17766 Sierra Hwy, Canyon Country, CA 91351.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 4 to Mar. 12, 2017
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