Howard Edward O’Connor passed away Dec. 3 at his home in Marion at the age of 47.
Howard’s life began on March 13, 1972, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where his father was stationed at Fort Carson. He was the son of Richard and Jane (Summers) O’Connor.
A 1990 graduate of Marion High School, he attended Butler County Community College and served his country in the United States Army.
After leaving the military, Howard found work as a finishing plumber, and later as a machinist.
He enjoyed volunteering at the Marion Food Bank and was an avid reader. Howard and his father, Richard, also enjoyed restoring their muscle cars together.
His loving family includes his parents Richard and Jane O’Connor of Marion; brother Michael (Christine) O’Connor and sister Verlenia (Samual) Hall of Hillsboro; nephews Patrick and Sean; niece Madelyn O’Connor; uncles John (Lynna) Summers of Oklahoma, and Edward Summers of Marion; aunt Virginia (Ronald) Mauck of Whitewater; and grandmother Iris Summers of Marion.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, John Summers, Sr., and Verlenia and Amos O’Conner.
Howard’s family gathered with friends Tuesday at Yazel-Megli-Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion for his funeral service, and he was laid to rest in Marion Cemetery with military honors.
Memorial contributions can be directed to Marion Food Bank or Marion Public Library.