Robert M. O'Rourke
Robert “Bob” M. O’Rourke, 72, of Milford, NJ, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at the Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Township, NJ.
Born July 17, 1948 in Trenton, NJ, Bob grew up in Ewing, NJ and lived in Frenchtown, NJ for many years, before moving to Milford in 2014. He graduated from Ewing High School and also attended trade school. Bob served in the US Army and was a highly decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, earning two Purple Hearts and three Bronze Stars. He worked for Way’s Heating and Cooling Co. since 1971. Bob purchased the family business from his brother in 1999 and retired in 2009. He enjoyed working in his garage, tinkering, working on cars, and building things. Bob was an avid deer hunter and belonged to Mt. Top Hunting Club in Leroy Township, PA. Most of all, Bob was a family man and a loving husband and father. He was a member of the Vietnam Combat Veterans Coalition (VCVC), the American Legion Post 26 in Bordentown, NJ, and the VFW Post 5045 in Bordentown, NJ.
Son of the late Lawrence Francis and Elizabeth Joan (VanSickell) O’Rourke, Bob is survived by his beloved wife of forty years, JoAnn (Letwinch) O’Rourke, his son Robert John O’Rourke and his wife Sandee of Round Lake, IL, his brother Joseph O’Rourke of Scottsdale, AZ, and his sister Joan McMahon of Ewing, NJ. He was predeceased by his brother Lawrence O’Rourke, Jr. and Thomas O’Rourke.
A graveside service with military honors will be held on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 11:30 AM at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery in Newtown, PA. Arrangements are under the care of the Johnson-Walton Funeral Home, 24 Church Road, Milford, NJ.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Battalion East at https://www.woundedwarrior.marines.mil/WWBn-E/ OR to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html?frequency_selected=2&sc_icid=mem-lp-donate- bttn-top.