John J. O'Connor Dvenport, Iowa Died on Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
10:30 am Saturday, June 16th, 2012 St. Anthony Catholic Church, 417 Main Street, Davenport, Iowa
John Joseph O'Connor, 90, died Wednesday, February 15, 2012, at Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville, Texas, after a brief illness. A Memorial Service will be held on June 16, 10:30 a.m.at St. Anthony Church, Davenport, Iowa. Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport is assisting the family with arrangements.
John was born in 1921, in Carroll, Iowa, the son of Agnes (Drees) and Michael O'Connor. Their home was in Lake City, Iowa. He was united in marriage to Ruby Annette Berg on June 1, 1948, at Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Storm Lake, Iowa.
After graduating from Lake City High School, John attended Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. His studies were interrupted due to active service in World War II. Later, he resumed his college education. In his senior year, John met Ruby, who too was a Buena Vista student and an "ex-GI". In 1947, John graduated from Buena Vista University. He then taught high school business subjects and coached at Fonda, Iowa, and Newton, Iowa. After three years of teaching, John was recalled to active military service during the Korean Conflict, and following one year of service, he returned to the teaching profession.
After the birth of their three children, John and Ruby moved to Davenport in 1956, where he started his own accounting and management consulting business, John J. O'Connor, Licensed Public Accountant, Professional Corporation.
He was Past President of the Accountants Association of Iowa and the Iowa Society of Licensed Public Accountants. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad appointed him to the Accounting Practitioner Advisory Committee. He was a charter member of the Society of Medical/Dental Management Consultants.
John retired in 1993 after 37 years as president of John J. O'Connor, LPA, P.C.
John attended Saint Anthony's Catholic Church. He became a member of the Davenport Rotary Club in 1965 and a Paul Harris Fellow within Rotary International. He was a life member of Genesis Medical Center Auxiliary, a member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, and the Davenport Outing Club.
In 2011, John and Ruby took the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., to view the World War II Veterans Memorial.
He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, neighbor, and friend.
Family members left to celebrate his memory include Ruby, his loving wife of 63 years; son Thomas (Carla Buckingham) O'Connor of Coralville, Iowa; son Timothy of Davenport; daughter Teresa (William) Thinnes of Davenport; granddaughter Erin (O'Connor) and Ville Pesonen of North Liberty, Iowa; grandson Casey O'Connor of Coralville; grandson Connor Thinnes of Davenport, and granddaughter Nora Thinnes of Davenport; and the family of Donald Oâ€™Connor of Lake City, Iowa.
John was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Robert, his cousin Donald, and Donald's wife Aleta.
In John's memory you may donate to Saint Anthony's Share and Care program, The Rotary Foundation, or a charity of your choice.
John will be buried at Saint Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Lake City, Iowa.
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