Edward Charles O’Connor, age 75, of Osage, died Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at the Elizabeth E. Martin Health Center in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 11, 2016, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Osage with
Rev. John O’Connor officiating. Burial will be at the Newburg Cemetery, Carpenter, Iowa, with military honors at the grave by Osage American Legion Post 278. Visitation will be from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday at the Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home in Osage.
Ed was born April 16, 1940, at Rockwell Hospital, Rockwell, Iowa, the son of Everett and Mary Bertha (Merfeld) O’Connor. He attended St. Patrick’s School in Dougherty, and graduated from Holy Family High School, Mason City, in 1959. Following graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in France. He married Marilyn Elizabeth Corell on October 19, 1963, at Holy Family Church, Mason City.
Ed was employed as a route driver by the Mason City Coca-Cola bottling plant and in 1967 was assigned to run the local distribution facility in Cresco, Iowa. He left Coca-Cola to take a sales position with Mutual of Omaha Insurance. That was followed by a sales position with AAA that took the family to Osage in 1971. In 1973, he became the owner-operator of O’Connor’s Standard Service. During more than 25 years of ownership, he won numerous awards for outstanding customer service from Standard Oil (later Amoco). Following the sale of the station in 1993, he worked for Cooper’s Osage Chrysler and Wallace Business Forms. He ended his working career as a part-time custodian at Lincoln Elementary School.
Ed was active in the community as a member of the Sacred Heart Parish Council, American Legion Post 278, the Knights of Columbus, and the Mitchell County Bridges Mentoring Program.
Away from work, Ed’s passions were professional football, stock car racing and golf. Ed was a lifelong Minnesota Vikings fan. He loved “going racing” with his buddies. He and Marilyn were longtime members of Acorn Park Golf Club in St. Ansgar and Sunny Brae Golf and Country Club in Osage.
Ed is survived by his wife, Marilyn O’Connor; their children, James (Penny) O’Connor of Waterloo, Michael (Julie) O’Connor of Cedar Falls, and Kari (Donald) Evans of Humboldt; grandchildren, Lucy (Sibusiso) Dlamini, Sean O’Connor, Maggie O’Connor, Kendall Evans and Emma O’Connor; brothers, Rev. John O’Connor and Donald (Jan) O’Connor; sister-in-law, Ruth O’Connor; brothers-in-law, John Corell, Ronald (Theresa) Corell, and Bruce Corell; and sisters-in-law, Christine Youngerman and Kathy Corell.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Frank “Bud” Tienan; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Arnold and Lucille Corell; brother, Leo O’Connor; and brother-in-law, Roger Corell.
Information available and condolences accepted at www.champion-bucheitfuneralhome.com.
Champion-Bucheit Funeral Home 641-732-3706