John “Jack” Rooney


Fairmont, Minn. - Services for John "Jack" W. Rooney, age 69, of Fairmont, MN, will be held at a later date. Interment will be in Tenhassen Township Cemetery, rural Ceylon, MN. Jack passed away on Tuesday morning, April 14, 2020, at his home. The Lakeview Funeral Home in Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials are preferred to the donor's choice.

John "Jack" William Rooney was born on October 2, 1950, in Estherville, IA. He was the son of William and Catherine (Kollasch) Rooney. He attended Armstrong, IA, public schools and graduated from Armstrong High School.

Jack enlisted in the Air Force on February 25, 1970. He was stationed at the Davis-Monthan Airforce Base in Tucson, AZ, before earning his honorable discharge on October 12, 1971.

On June 22, 1972, Jack was united in marriage to his childhood sweetheart, Debra Clark at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Armstrong. The couple resided in Armstrong before moving to Fairmont, MN, in 1975. This union was blessed with two children, Todd and Jamie. Jack and Debra shared over forty years together before Deb passed away on October 3, 2012, as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

On August 6, 2016, Jack was blessed with finding true love for a second time and was united in marriage to Marcia Draper in Fairmont, MN. The couple resided in Fairmont.

Jack worked as an Auctioneer with Clark Bros Auction Company. More recently, Jack co-owned Rooney and Howell Auction Company with Larry and Mark Howell. He partially retired in 2016 but continued to work with Howell and Helmers Auction Firm.

Jack was a member of the Minnesota State Auctioneers Association as well as St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fairmont. During his free time, he enjoyed a variety of outdoor activities such as boating, playing softball, and basketball. Jack most loved attending his kid's football games, cross country and track meets.

Left to cherish his memory include his wife, Marcia Rooney of Fairmont, MN; son, Todd Rooney and his wife, Tianna, of Brighton, MI; daughters, Jamie Sternke and her husband, Adam, of Rochester, MN, Melissa Wieneke and her husband, Chad, of Plymouth, MN, and Maria Klug and her husband, Jared, of Fairmont, MN; grandchildren, Kian, Cole, Tesfalem, and Kehel Rooney, Denison and Rooney Sternke, Jack and Harper Wieneke, and Gabrielle and Delaney Klug; mother-in-law, Eunice Ziemann of Fairmont, MN; sister, Jean Oleson and her husband, Steve; sister-in-law, Sharon Rooney; brothers, Bob Rooney and his wife, Vic, Tom Rooney and his wife, Sue, Tim Rooney and his wife, Eileen, Mike Rooney and his wife, Stephanie, and Dave Rooney and his wife, Stacy; brother-in-law, Rick Clark and his wife, Jane; sisters-in-law, Barbara Ayersman and her husband, Bob, and Judy Buckmier and her husband, Ron; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, other extended family and friends.

Along with his parents, William and Catherine Rooney, Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Debra Rooney; step father, Bill Loss; brother, James "Jim" Rooney; sister, Mary Loss; parents-in-law, Lloyd and Loraine Clark; and father-in-law, Dennis Ziemann.