Last Rites For Dave Rorick

Funeral services for Dave Rorick who passed away last Thursday were held Saturday afternoon from the home in Riverside Terrace. The services at the house were in charge of Rev. Arthur C. Dodd, the final rites at the grave in I.O.O.F. cemetery being conducted by the Oceanside Lodge of Masons. A wealth of flowers and a large attendance from Oceanside and other places in Southern California attested to the universal regard in which Mr. Rorick was held.

Dave Rorick was born in Ohio in 1840 and having removed to Iowa before the Civil War, volunteered in an Iowa regiment. He served the full period of the war and was mustered out as a lieutenant. About 1870 he became identified with the Central Insurance Company of St. Louis, establishing agencies in all the western states, and as western manager made his home in San Francisco in 1876. In 1879 he removed to St Louis where he remained until 1912. In this year he resigned his position as vice president of the American Central and came to Oceanside to make his home.

He is survived by a son David a grandson David both of Oceanside, and two granddaughters, Mrs. Helen McGill of Elsinore, and Mrs. Ruth Steves of Pomona; a brother, Samuel in Venice, California, Sidney in Oxford Junction, Iowa, Dallas in Monticello, Iowa, and a sister, Julia, in Oxford Junction, Iowa. He was a member of the Loyal Legion, St Louis Commandery Knights Templar, and an Odd Fellow.

As a token of respect to a prominent citizen and veteran of the Civil war members of the American Legion flew the city flag at half mast Saturday afternoon. In this public tribute hundreds of citizens joined out of regard for one who during his life in Oceanside had well merited it.

Source:  Oceanside Blade Tribune, May 3, 1923. 


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