Rory A. Means, 62, of Marcus, Iowa passed away on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at his home following a lengthy illness. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 30, 2019 at Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus, Iowa. Father Bill McCarthy will celebrate Mass. Burial will follow at Holy Name Catholic Cemetery in Marcus. Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 29, 2019 at Holy Name Catholic Church. The family will be present from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a Scriptural Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. There will also be an hour of visitation at the church prior to Mass on Monday.
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Rory Alan Means was born on April 1, 1957 in Le Mars, Iowa, the son of Harold “Pete” and JoAnn (Shefstad) Means. He was raised on a farm near Marcus and received his education from Holy Name Catholic School and Marcus High School. After high school, Rory worked for Rich Ruden Construction. He later started his own construction business which he operated until his 9 year battle with cancer forced his retirement earlier this year. He took great pride in his work and always wanted to please his customers. He was honest, generous and always willing to lend a hand to help others. Along with construction, he was called upon to move a number of buildings and did some snow removal on the side. Rory also owned the Uptown Bar and Grill in Marcus for 3 ½ years. Rory was married to Kim Hansen and they became parents to a son, Zachery. In later years, Rory was grateful to have shared companionship with Rita (Rhodes) Sand, a true and faithful partner who gave him encouragement, inspiration and strength during his courageous fight with cancer.
Rory was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and antique shopping. He loved his dogs. He and Rita took trips to Phoenix and Sturgis. Rory and his son, Zach made the trip to Sturgis this summer and he always enjoyed the time he spent with Zach.
Grateful to have shared his life is his beloved friend, Rita Sand of Marcus, IA; a son, Zachary A. Means of Marcus, IA; his mother, JoAnn Means of Marcus, IA; four brothers, Jason Means of Billings, MO, Ray and Brenda Means of Marcus, IA, Wayne and Paula Means of Granville, IA and David Means of Jackson, MN; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harold “Pete” Means on February 6, 2019.