John Charles "Jack" O'Connor Sr., 85, of Fort Wayne, and having family members in Roanoke, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at the Towne House Retirement Center, Fort Wayne.
Mr. O'Connor worked as a plumber and pipefitter with Shambaugh & Sons for 32 years, retiring in 1988. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 166, Holy Name Society, St. Vincent de Paul Society and American Legion Post 82.
He was a volunteer with the American Red Cross and served as an instructor and coordinator in the Plumbers and Steamfitters apprenticeship program for 25 years. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving with Company A of the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment in World War II.
He was born July 14, 1926, in Fort Wayne to John L. and Magdalen R. Linnemann O'Connor. His first wife, Monica O'Connor, preceded him in death after 50 years of marriage. He later married Rita McKenzie, who survives.
Additional survivors include two sons, John C. (Barbara) O'Connor Jr., of Zanesville, and Thomas A. (Patricia) O'Connor, of Auburn; four daughters, Maureen R. Michael) Beard, of Warsaw; Margaret E. "Peggy" O'Connor, of Fort Wayne; Kathleen M. (James) Vachon, of Roanoke; and Angela M. (William) Jackson, of Cincinnati, OH; two stepsons, Kevin S. McKenzie, of Angola, and Daniel P. (Laura) McKenzie, of Woodburn; two brothers, James (Audrey) O'Connor, of Naples, FL, and Paul (Rita) O'Connor, of Indianapolis; two sisters, Patricia (Michael) Meehan, of Huntertown, and Jeanne Derheimer, of Fort Wayne; 18 grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 16 stepgreat-grandchildren.
Calling is Friday, June 22, 2012, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mungovan and Sons Memorial Chapel, 2114 S. Calhoun St., Fort Wayne, with recitation of the rosary at 4 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2012, at 2:30 p.m., with calling 45 minutes prior to the service, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2213 Brooklyn Ave., Fort Wayne, Rev. Timothy Wrozek will preside. Entombment will be at Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne.
Preferred memorials are gifts to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Wayne, the St. Vincent de Paul Society or Alzheimer's research.
To sign the online guest book, visit www.mccombandsons.com.