Rowland G. Morken
Feb. 17, 1926-Sept. 25, 2012
WINFIELD, Ill. — Rowland (Rol) Morken, was born Feb. 17, 1926 in Chicago, Ill. to Marie and Jens Morken. Rol had no siblings. He grew up in Elmwood Park, Ill. lived in Elmhurst, Ill. and Winfield, Ill., before retiring in Naples, Fla.
He married his ever loving wife Marceline (Helms) Morken Feb. 19, 1949 in Saint Michael Church, Plymouth. Rol and Marcy had five children: Karen (Dennis) Calay, Julianne, Nancy (Jim) Rigney, Cathy (Kenny) Wyrick, and Steve (Karen) Morken. He greatly enjoyed his 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Rol enlisted with the Army Air Corps upon graduation from Oak Park High School and served for two years before receiving an Honorable (Medical) Discharge in 1945. He then went to the University of Illinois for two years and worked with his parents in the family grocery store “MORKEN’S” in Oak Park, Ill.
In 1948 Rol met his wife Marcy on a blind date and they married in 1949. He moved the family to Winfield, Ill. in 1960 from Elmhurst, Ill. and purchased the town’s only grocery store and called it MORKEN’S VILLAGE STORE. He was in the grocery business until 1971 when he changed careers and became a Commercial & Industrial Real Estate Broker and within five years, once again formed his own company, MORKEN INDUSTRIAL REALTY. INC.
During the 11 years as a grocer, he was a volunteer fireman for Winfield, a Village Trustee, President of the Winfield Fire Protection District, member of the Lions Club, St. John’s Catholic Church and co-chairman of the building committee for the design and construction of the new St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Rol was also active in the Parish Council.
Camping was a family favorite over the years which made for many interesting stories and memories of mixed adventures. In retirement Rol and Marcy traveled to England and stayed with relatives in Norway. Rol and Marcy enjoyed spending their winters at their condo in Naples, Fla. where it was always “another day in paradise” as they would say to others back in Illinois. They made a lot of wonderful friends there and enjoyed eating out at various restaurants.
Rol was greeted by our Lord in the early hours Sept. 25, 2012 after spending his final hour in the arms of his wife, Marcy. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Winfield, Ill. with burial following at Assumption Cemetery, Winfield, Ill.