Richard Eugene O’Connor

Feb 29th, 1940 - May 17th, 2020
Richard Eugene O’Connor

Richard Eugene O’Connor, age 80, of Herrin, Illinois, passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 5:06 p.m. at Shawnee Senior Living in Herrin.

Richard was born on February 29, 1940, in Watertown, South Dakota, a son of Stephen Patrick and Harriet Dorothy (Gonstead) O’Connor and attended the University of South Dakota.  He married Jacqueline Booker and to this union, two sons were born.  Richard worked in market research for AC Nielsen and was a proud veteran of the United States Army.  He was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin and the Knights of Columbus.

Survivors include two sons, Stephen Patrick (Kathy) O’Connor of Missouri and Scott Booker (Jerica) O’Connor of Illinois; and six grandchildren, Andrew, Matthew and Tyler O’Connor and Paige, Regan and Ian O’Connor.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

DUE TO HEALTH CONCERNS RELATED TO THE COVID-19 VIRUS, a private memorial service will be held on Friday, May 22, 2020 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Herrin with Monsignor Ken Schaefer officiating.  Inurnment will take place at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri.

Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home in Herrin is assisting the family with the arrangements.

For those who prefer, memorials may be made to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church or Folds of Honor and will be accepted at Johnson-Hughes Funeral Home, 201 South 13th Street, Herrin, Illinois 62948.

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6 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Melinda Hatfield

    From: East Peoria, Illinois

    Date: May 21, 2020

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your father! We never had the pleasure of meeting him, but he sounds like a wonderful person!! We will be praying for you and your family during this difficult time!! God bless and comfort you in your loss!! Love and prayers

  • Guest: Rhea Hasemeyer

    From: Fort Myers, Florida

    Date: May 21, 2020

    Stephen and Scott so many memories with your Dad. Sorry for your loss. Prayers for your entire family.

  • Guest: Jeff O’Connor

    From: Warner Robins, Georgia

    Date: May 21, 2020

    Stephen and Scott so sorry to hear about your dad. I saw him at Jacks funeral in 2008. It was good to see him. He had a lot of good stories from the old days. He was a funny, good guy.

  • Guest: Dan and Amy Laughhunn

    From: Chapel Hill, North Carolina

    Date: May 22, 2020

    May your family’s grief be short and your good memories last forever.

  • Guest: Robert Wesolich

    From: Chesterfield, Missouri

    Date: May 26, 2020

    So very sorry Stephen and family. We are praying for you.

  • Guest: Twila and Don Slater

    From: Durham, N C, Illinois

    Date: May 27, 2020

    Our heartfelt sympathies are with you and family. You are held in gentle thought thought and prayer.