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Obituary of John D. O’Connor

John D. O’Connor, Sr., passed peacefully from this life on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. He was born April 12, 1943 in St. Louis, IL.
Surviving is his wife, Kay; sons, John (Christy) O’Connor, Jr., and Matthew (Lindsey) O’Connor; grandsons, Liam O’Connor, Dexter O’Connor, and Noah Adams; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Virginia O’Conner; his two brothers, Donald O’Connor and Robert O’Connor; and a nephew, Donnie O’Connor.
He was a graduate of Rosiclare High School in Rosiclare, IL, and Ohio University in Athens, OH with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering. His career included working for Navistar (formerly International Harvester), FL Aerospace, Ford Motor Co., and later as a Consultant in Manufacturing. John was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Illinois, a member of the Walnut Street United Methodist Church, and an active member and past president of the Chillicothe Rotary Club. He served on the board of the Chillicothe Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Adena Patient Advocacy Board.
He enjoyed cooking, grilling out, playing golf, watching college football, and spending time with his family and friends.
A memorial service was held at Walnut Street United Methodist Church on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Walnut Street United Methodist Church, 16 S. Walnut St., Chillicothe, OH 45601 or to Heartland Hospice, 116 Morris Rd, Suite C, Circleville, OH 43113. His online memorial guestbook is available at .


The family extends a special thank you to the Heartland Hospice staff and nurses for their kindness and excellent care given to John.
Thanks to Susie Knight and the RCHS Class of 62 for the lovely lighted church with a fall arrangement of flowers. I am sure John is looking down on all of us.
During a time like this we realize how much our friends and relatives really mean to us. Your expression of sympathy will always be remembered.

Kay O’Connor and family


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1 Comment

  1. Gean Tinsley on October 4, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Sorry for your loss. I went to RCHS with Johnny but I graduated in 1964
    Remember him cheering at the High School Basketball Games

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