Gar served our country as a Storekeeper First Class V-6 in the United States Navy from 1942 through 1946. Gar’s professional career was with Bank of America which he worked for 47 years as a bank manager and loan officer, specializing in the agricultural industry. He worked in the Colusa branch for the last 20 years of his career and retired in 1988. Gar served his community in many ways. He was a member of the Colusa Rotary Club for the past 45 years, and was one of the founders of the Colusa County Scholarship Foundation serving over the past 30 years; Farm Show Director; Colusa Glenn Farm Credit outside director for 13 years; served on various boards such as CA Bankers Association, 4 years; Colusa Unified District School Board, 4 years; and the Rice Research Board. Gar enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf, woodworking, tennis, hiking, watching all sports on TV, spending time at the family cabin and was known as Mr. Fix-it.
Gar is survived by his loving wife of 61 years Rita Rourke of Colusa, CA, daughters; Robyn Lee Rourke of Portage, WI, Christine Rourke of Truckee, CA, Kimberley Rourke DeVincenzi of Folsom, CA, brother; Herbert Rourke (Catherine) of Davis, CA. He was preceded in death by his grandson; Joshua Rourke DeVincenzi, brother; Calvin Rourke, sister; Virginia Moss, parents; Herbert and Elsie Rourke.
Memorial contributions may be made in Gar’s name to the Colusa County Scholarship Foundation (Colusa, CA), Pacific Legal Foundation (Sacramento,CA), Colusa Animal Shelter (Colusa, CA) or charity of your choice.
Services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 4, 2015, at the First Presbyterian Church, 4th & Jay St. Colusa, CA. Burial will follow at the Colusa Cemetery, 1974 Wilson Ave, Colusa, CA. Celebration of his life to follow services at the Colusa Golf and Country Club, 2224 State Hwy 20, Colusa, CA.
Arrangements are under the direction of McNary-Moore Funeral Service (530) 458-2111.