Eugene “Chink” George Rooney, 95, of Fort Madison, IA, passed away at 6:08 p.m. on Saturday, December 26, 2020 at Great River Medical Center in West Burlington. He was born on October 30, 1925 in Fort Madison, IA to William & Anna Merschman Rooney. He married Pauline Gott and she preceded him in death in 1984. He then married Esselene A. Scott Hamilton on October 14, 1985 in Fort Madison, IA. He was a letter carrier for the U.S. Post Office, retiring in 1980 after 30 years of service. He served in the U.S. Army as a Corporal from 1946 to 1949 in Guam. He was a member of Holy Family Parish and the American Legion. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus and Sheaffer Golf Course.
Chink is survived by: his wife: Essie Rooney of Fort Madison, IA; 2-step sons: Mike (Jean) Hamilton of Fort Madison, IA & Bill (Sandy) Hamilton of Burlington, IA; 2-step daughters: Marilyn Schneider of Fort Madison & Carolyn Barnes of Fort Madison, IA; 11-step grandchildren; 18-step great grandchildren; 1-step great great granddaughter & 2-sisters: Pat Ball of Donnellson, IA & Anne (Jerry) Jordan of Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, 4-brothers & 1-sister.
A private family visitation and service will be held at King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory with Rev. Joseph Phung officiating. Burial will be held at Gethsemane Cemetery with military rites performed by the Fort Madison Veterans Honor Guard. A memorial has been established in his memory. Online condolences to Chink’s family may be left at the King-Lynk Funeral Home & Crematory website: www.kinglynk.com.