Richard Tilden ‘Dick’ O’Connor

Richard Tilden ‘Dick’ O’Connor
March 23, 1936 – March 12, 2017
BOWIE – Richard Tilden “Dick” O’Connor, 80,
passed away on March 12, 2017 at Wise Hospital in
Decatur surrounded by family and friends.
A funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. on March 16 at
St. Jerome Catholic Church with the Fr. Richard M.
Collins celebrating mass. A private burial will follow
at the Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie at a later date.
Friends may call one hour prior to the mass at the
church for visitation.
Richard was born March 23, 1936 in Galesburg,
IL to James Tilden and Loretta “Rita” (Gallagher)
O’Connor. He graduated from Corpus Christi High
School, Galesburg, in 1954.
On July 6, 1957 he married the former Rozella
“Rosie” Alice Hennenfent in Galesburg. Richard was
employed as a plumber 40 years in Illinois, Wisconsin
and Texas, retiring in 1993. He was an avid pilot and
spent most of his days reminiscing with his friends at
the Bowie Municipal Airport. He also enjoyed and supported
the conservation efforts of Ducks Unlimited.
Richard is survived by his loving wife Rosie, and
five children, Richard Tilden “Rick” O’Connor, Jr. and
wife Wendy of Alvord, Lezlye Ann (O’Connor) Long
and husband Skip of Mackinaw, IL., Mark Sterling
O’Connor and wife Gail, of Flower Mound, Jane Hela’n
O’Connor of Cameron,IL., and Timothy Joseph “T.J.”
O’Connor and wife, Christina of Waurika, OK; along
with one sister Margo (O’Connor) Simmons and her
husband Reid of Wheaton, IL; 15 grandchildren; 16
great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister
and two brothers. Truly, he loved and was very proud
of his entire family.
Arrangements entrusted to The White Family Funeral
Home of Bowie.
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