SAN SABA — John R. McRorey, 87, of San Saba, Texas, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2013, in Goldthwaite, Texas.
He was born Feb. 24, 1926, in Colony Community, San Saba County, to Lennie Lou Parks McRorey and John Floyd McRorey. On Aug. 7, 1948, John R. McRorey and Joycelyn Ward were married. They made their home in Cherokee, where John R. enjoyed farming and ranching. They later retired to their home in San Saba. He served as county judge for seven years. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where he served as elder.
John R. served in the U. S. Navy World War II, SLU No. 38, GRO PAC II, from June 1944 to June 1946. One of his vivid memories was celebrating his 19th birthday Feb. 24, 1945, aboard ship, supporting the U.S. Marines during the battle for Iwo Jima where the flag was raised on Mt. Suribachi.
His hobbies included black and white photography and wood working along with being a marksman and loading his own ammunition.
He is survived by his wife, Joycelyn McRorey of San Saba; sister-in-law, Barbara Sloan of Coppell, Texas; brother-in-law, Jimmy Ward of San Saba; nieces, Claudia Zinser of Coppell, Texas, and Jan Hornick of Australia; nephews, David Ward of Mullin, Texas, Ted Ward of Midland, Texas, and Wesley Ward of Midland, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his son, John R. McRorey Jr.
The family will receive friends from 4-5 p.m. Saturday at the Blaylock Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2013, at the First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Drew Harrison officiating. Interment will follow at the High Valley Cemetery in Bend, Texas.
Online condolences for the family can be made at www.blaylockfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Blaylock Funeral Chapel of San Saba.