Gordon "Doc" Bork

Gordon "Doc" Bork, age 86, of Okaton, longtime dentist in the Murdo area, died Thursday, October 25, 2007, at the Kadoka Nursing Home.

Visitation will be held one hour preceding the services at the church on Thursday.

Services will be held 11:00 a.m. CDT, on Thursday, November 1, at St. Peter Lutheran Church south of Midland, with Pastor Glenn Denke officiating.

Music will be provided by Grace DeVries, organist. Ushers will be Bill Eckert and Tom DeVries. Register book attendant will be Margie Esmay. Pallbearers will be Bart Brost, David and Robert Edwards, Landon, Bryan, Matthew and Andrew Bork.

Interment with military honors by the Taylor-McCloughan American Legion Post #75 of Murdo, and the Barrett-Dowling American Legion Post #301 of Draper, will be held 2:00 p.m. CDT on Thursday, at the Murdo Cemetery.

Gordon Herman Henry Bork was born June 23, 1921, on his parents' ranch in rural Jones County, the son of Herman and Anna (Niedan) Bork. He attended country school for eight years and graduated from Murdo High School in 1939. Gordon went on to attend Creighton University to study dentistry. Gordon enlisted in the United States Navy in May of 1942, and after graduation from Creighton, he became a lieutenant in the Navy. While in the Navy, he met Marjorie Martin, a Navy nurse, while stationed at Camp Shoemaker, CA.

Gordon and Marge were united in marriage on March 24, 1946, in Waterloo, IA. They moved back to Jones County in 1947, and "Doc" built his first dental office at the north end of Main Street in Murdo. Patients were waiting at the door when Doc turned the key. In 1965, Doc opened a new clinic, now the Murdo Health Center, in which he worked until retirement from dentistry in 1972.

Doc had always enjoyed breaking horses and ranching, so after retirement he moved back to his ranch in Jones and Jackson counties.

Doc was a member of the Pederson-Stoddard American Legion Post #144 of Belvidere. Doc was a gracious host and truly enjoyed entertaining friends.

Survivors include three sons, Robert "Bob" Bork and his wife, Dianne, of Midland, Herman Bork and his wife, Jewell, of Okaton, and Brad Bork and his wife, Sylvia, of Mediapolis, IA; two daughters, Suzanne Brost and her husband, Bob, of Murdo, and Cynthia Edwards and Alan Ham of Piedmont; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and one sister, Irma Sanderson of Murdo.

Gordon was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial is established. Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip. Written tributes may be made at www. rushfuneralhome.com