Condolence & Memory Journal

I've know Rory for about 4 years, we would give each other a hard time due to him serving in the Marines and me serving in the Army. He always had a good sense of humor even with all that he dealt with. He will be Missed Greatly. Sorry for the Families loss.

Posted by Tracy DeVault - Acquaintance   July 28, 2020

Clark, Ellen & Marty - our sincere sympathy. Del & I had so much fun with your family for summer events at your house when we were first married & then later fun months with our young family. When our children were young, Rory came over several times for visits - not only with us, but with our children. They looked forward to his visits. They called him the fun cousin of Dad's.
Prayers & thoughts with you all. Mary (Del) Wadle & family

Posted by Mary Wadle - Norwalk, IA - Family   July 23, 2020

My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Rory. He was a regular at our church meeting at St. Anne's for quite some time before circumstances prevented him from attending so regularly. I always appreciated his dedication, honesty and willingness to share life lessons learned. He will be missed.

Posted by Richard Jacavino - Ankeny, IA - Friend   July 23, 2020

Rory had a great sense of humor. On 4th of July gatherings, we had great times, and he was often pulling verbal pranks with his quick wit. Sorry to see you go so soon cousin, and I send my sympathy to your closest loved ones.

Posted by Eldon Wadle    July 22, 2020

As a Wadle cousin (Paul's daughter), Rory was closest to my age so we hung out together a lot during family reunions or when we would travel to see the Des Moines area branches of the family. My most prominent and fondest memories are that he was FUNNY! I'm so sorry he's gone.

Posted by Martha Renk-Weitzel - Davenport, IA   July 21, 2020

My prayers are with your family and friends.

Posted by Bob Mueller - Altoona, IA - Friend   July 20, 2020

Sending my most heartfelt condolences to all who are mourning the loss of Rory. May he Rest In Peace in the loving arms of our father in heaven.

Posted by Cindy Young Schwartz - Tonka Bay, MN - Friend   July 20, 2020

So sorry to hear this very sad news about our cousin Rory. He indeed was some one very special to us. I'll never forget all of the great times we had together.We offer our heartfelt condolences.
mel and carole wadle

Posted by mel wadle - blue springs, MO - Family   July 19, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear this. Rory was my first live- in high school. We both worked at Burger Chef on the south side of Des Moines. He left his road runner for me to drive while he was in boot camp. Truly a good guy! I skipped school (Lincoln gorl) to go hear him sing in the Dowling Talent show. Loved to hear him sing. He was quite the dancer, too. May happy memories bring comfort to his family and loves.

Posted by Kristine (Morris) Kraus - Oviedo, FL - Friend   July 19, 2020

Oh I'm so sad-He told me at Ken's funeral that he wasn't good but didn't explain and everyone was leaving the dining hall so didn't take time to talk! Many good memories at Ken's as he was growing up!

Posted by Eunice DeLong - Swartz creek, MI - Family   July 19, 2020

So sad to hear of Rory's passing. Rory was a truly unique person, funny, energetic, fun to be with, and he had one of the best voices of anyone I've ever met. I didn't know he was a marine, but that's impressive. In high school Rory and I and some other guys entered a talent show and Rory sang songs from the 50s while we backed him up. He was great, and wowed the audience. We lost touch after high school unfortunately. But Rory was the kind of guy who you don't forget. RIP Rory.

Posted by michael kaas - Brooklyn, NY - Friend   July 19, 2020

I am Rory's first cousin....we were two of the fifty-seven grandchildren of Will and Mary Wadle. This is stated because, in our youth, extended family was a large part of our social life...visiting family on Sundays, large family gatherings at our grandparents' house over the years of our youth and then adulthood, an so on. Rory was fourteen years my junior so we were not close in childhood. I left for the Navy when he was not yet age five. However, we got to know one another better in later years. Of course, over many, many years I had been to Ken and Charlotte's house many times and had seen the whole family on many, many other family occasions. Of course, the bottom line here is that Rory and/or his birth family have been a part of my whole seventy-seven year life. It would be impossible to list all the memories that last statement implies. I am very sorry Rory is gone so sorry for the loss to all of his loved ones. I want to extend my condolences to Clark, Ellen, Marty and all of Rory's other family, loved ones, and friends. Sincerely, Moe

Posted by Maurice "Moe" Wadle - Coralville, IA   July 19, 2020