William “Bill” Patrick O’Connor was born in Vermillion, SD, on Oct. 16, 1949 to parents Michael & Aileen (Ryan) O’Connor. The Lord called Bill Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. He was 69.
Bill grew up in the Garryowen area, and graduated from Akron High School in 1967. Bill helped work his family’s farm until he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1967 and honorably served his country. After returning home, Bill married Paula Hubert, began his farm, and started their family.
He worked days on the farm and welded at night to provide for his family. After years of working two jobs, Bill started O’Connor Kiln & Dryer, Inc. Bill and Paula have four children, William O’Connor II (Kim), Shane (Stacey) O’Connor, Carolyn (Brandon) Hey, Don (Carly) O’Connor and 12 grandchildren.
Services will all be held at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion, on Friday, Jan. 11 with a visitation from 5-7 p.m. with a scripture at 7 p.m. and a funeral mass Saturday, January 12, at 10 a.m. Burial will take place in St. Mary (Garryowen cemetery) Spink Township, Union County, South Dakota. HansenFuneralHome.com.