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1933 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
March 17, 1933 - March 3, 2014 U.S. Veteran Richard Dennis O'Connor, 80, of Humansville, Mo., died March 3, 2014. "Bud" O'Connor, loving husband of Mary "Kathy" Catherine O'Connor, passed away at his home in Humansville, after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife and two daughters, Mary (Mike) Holland and Kathleen (Todd) Rice, and two sons, Richard O'Connor II and Kevin (Kim) O'Connor, his 12 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, five brothers, Bernie, Bob (his twin), David, Mike and Patrick, and three sisters, Patricia, Marylou, and Margaret. Preceding his passing are his parents, Thomas and Dorothy O'Connor, oldest brother, Bill, and youngest sister, Carolyn. Bud O'Connor was born March 17, 1933, and grew up in Cameron, Mo., area. He joined the Air Force in 1953 and was Crew Chief for F-86 Sabre jets at Edwards Air Base, Calif., before returning with wife and first daughter, Mary to Kansas City in 1957. He worked in 442d at RGAFB and retired as Chief Master Sergeant. In 1978 moved to U.S. Army Aviation Systems Command in St. Louis and retired March 1988. He later joked he worked harder at retirement than any job, and claimed to miss office football pools, lunch time pinochle games, and Federal holiday 3-day weekends. Twenty-six years of retirement kept him busy gardening, fishing, boating, restoring tractors, haying, wood cutting, card-playing, and just playing with his grandchildren. "The Farm" was his vision of home for his wife, kids, grandkids, great grandkids, and left a lasting impression and inspiration for everyone visiting Bud and Kathy at "The Farm." Bud was an active member of Humansville St. Catherine's of Siena Catholic Church, and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Visitation will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at Murray Funeral Home in Humansville with parish prayers at 7 p.m. Catholic Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Friday, March 7, at St. Catherine's of Siena in Humansville. Burial will follow in the Humansville Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at www.murrayfuneralhomes.com
Published in Kansas City Star on Mar. 5, 2014
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