Dustin J. "Dusty" O'Leary, age 22, of 3209 N. Cty. J, Reedsville, died early Sunday morning, Jan. 29, 2012 as the result of a tragic automobile accident, West of Collins in Manitowoc County.
Dustin was born Feb. 18, 1989 in Manitowoc, son of Tim and Cathy (Holst) O'Leary. He attended St. Mary's Elementary School in Reedsville, Reedsville Public Middle School, and graduated from Reedsville High School with the class of 2007. During his high school years, Dusty got involved in the Manitowoc County Youth Apprenticeship Program which enabled him to learn the job skills that made him a very talented welder. He was immediately hired by Manitowoc Cranes after graduation and continued to work there until his lay-off in the fall of 2011. He was currently employed as a welder at Miller's of St. Nazianz.
Dusty grew up in the outdoors which he loved. His joy was to ride along in the trucks & tractors of his uncles farm, until he was old enough to work on his own. As soon as he was old enough to go in the woods with Dad, he became an avid hunter which he and his dad still shared together, along with his brothers and many friends. He was a member of the Reedsville Sportsman's Club; and continued his love of the farm by working for Hamp Haven Farms as they needed him. He truly enjoyed his time in the tractors.
Dusty is survived by his parents: Tim O'Leary of Reedsville; and Cathy O'Leary & significant other, Rick Leist of Collins; best friend & side kick, his brother Donald O'Leary & special friend, Kristin of Reedsville; brother, Christopher of Collins; and his youngest - step brother and godson, Alex Leist. He is further survived by his grandmothers: Lois Holst, Manitowoc; Gertrude O'Leary, Reedsville; and his special friend, Tara Preston of Cato. Also surviving are his aunts and uncles: Mike and Debbie O'Leary, and Bill and Kathie O'Leary, all of Reedsville, Steve and Jeanne O'Leary, and Mary Sheehy, all of Grimms, Kathy and Wayne Knor, Wayside, Dan and Theresa O'Leary, Wausau, Patty and Tony Brey, Francis Creek, Brad and Marissa Holst, Two Rivers; Dusty's cousins include: Ryan O'Leary, Jenny (Seth) Schneider, Erica (Shaun) Stelzer, Jason (Becky) O'Leary, Brenda (Dan) Peterson, Gordy Sheehy & friend Becky, Tony Sheehy & friend Taryn, Kim (Jason) Kiesow; Jeremy, Paula, Nick, and Kevin Knor; Danielle Camp; Joshua, Tony, Patrick, and Jordan Brey; Mercedes Holst, and baby Holst, due in May. He is also survived by special family members, John and Geri Leist, Clarks Mills, Mike (Kim) Leist, Cato, Sue Leist, Valders, Judy (Wade) Martzahl, Hortonville, Mary (Sam) Doud, Tennesse, Joe (Cheryl) Leist, Kentucky; Dusty's special companion, his pet "LUNA"; other relatives, and many close friends.
He was preceded in death by grandfathers, Michael Holst and Donald O'Leary; his great grandparents; and an uncle, Roger "Herman" Sheehy.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012 at Holy Family Parish, 1100 W. Ryan St., Brillion. Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial will be the Rev. Timothy Brandt, with burial to follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Maple Grove.
Friends may call at Holy Family Parish in Brillion, from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening, where a prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m., led by Rita Herley. Visitation will continue Friday morning after 9 a.m. until 10:15 a.m.
Deja & Martin Funeral Chapels, 1506 - 18th St., Two Rivers, (ph: 920-793-1756) is assisting the O'Leary family with funeral arrangements.
We Love You Dusty!! We were so proud of you.... you will be greatly missed.
Dusty's family would like to express a special thank you to the Manitowoc County Sheriffs Dept. & State Patrol; the Collins Fire Dept. & First Responders; Theda Star Rescue; and the Manitowoc County Coroners Office for all the compassion & care extended to our boys, Trevor & Dustin.