John W. O’Connor, 98, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Thursday, March 13, 2014, at the Douglas T. Jacobson State Veterans Nursing Home in Port Charlotte.
He was born March 25, 1915, in St. Louis, Miss., to Charles B. and Laura A. O’Connor.
John served in the U.S. Merchant Marine from June 20, 1941, until Dec. 29, 1945, and in the invasions of Italy and the Philippines. He served in every combat area during World War II. John was awarded the Mariners Medal. After the war, he joined Beachem Products, and was with the company for 32 years, later retiring in 1977. He was a life member of the Merchant Marine Veterans (and served as National President), the VFW, AMVETS, the DAV, the American Legion, The Salvation Army and the Military Heritage Museum. John was a wonderful husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend, and will forever be missed by all who loved and knew him.
He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Alma M. O’Connor; two sons, David C. O’Connor of Sebring, Fla., and Bruce Doras of Punta Gorda, Fla.; and two grandchildren. John was preceded in death by his first wife, Geraldine Athey O’Connor; second wife, Elizabeth (BJ) Clarke O’Connor; two daughters, Joanna M. (nee O’Connor) Neuenhaus and Maureen L. (nee O’Connor) McEwans; one brother, Charles; and two sisters, Lucile and Dorothy.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at First United Methodist Church of Punta Gorda, 507 W. Marion Ave. Punta Gorda. Inurnment will be held by the family at a later date. Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, are suggested by the family to: The Salvation Army, 2120 Loveland Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL 33980; or Disabled America Veterans, Chapter 82, 1232 Market Circle, Unit 2B, Port Charlotte, FL 33953. Friends may visit online at www.robersonfh.com to sign the memory book and extend condolences to the family.
Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Home & Crematory Port Charlotte Chapel.