Dennis Eugene Rork

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Dennis Eugene Rork, 69, of Shell Knob, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, in Mercy Hospital, Joplin.

He was born June 28, 1946, in Wichita, Kan., the son of Virgil Rork and Roberta (Tapp) Heersche, who preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death was one brother, Larry Rork; stepfather, John Heersche and one brother-in-law, Duane Pember.

Survivors include: one brother, Ed Rork and his wife, April, of East Lansing, Mich.; one sister, Dana Covey and her husband, Steve, of Cedar City, Utah; two stepsisters, Sharon Pember and Janet Hathaway and her husband Ken all of Winfield, Kansas; and two step brothers, Don Heersche and his wife, Sue, of Wichita, Kan., and Julian Heersche and his wife, Sherri, of Mulvane, Kan.

He graduated from high school in Mulvane, Kan., and received his bachelor's degree in Music Education from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. Much of his life was spent in Kansas, and taught music in Seneca, Kan., and the Kansas City, Kan., school district. In 1988, he moved from Shawnee, Kan., to Shell Knob, to make his home. He was also in the construction business, building homes. He was a member of the Shrine and Eagles in Shell Knob.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements are under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob.

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