William E. O’Connor, Sr.

William E. O’Connor, Sr.

August 8, 1928 – April 17, 2018

Passed away surrounded by his family, including his wife of 68 years, Jean (Janousek) O’Connor; children: William E. O’Connor, Jr., Maureen Raynor (John), Kerry Bast (Joseph), Mike O’Connor (Marti), Kim O’Connor, Tom O’Connor, Amy Chisholm (John, deceased), Kyle Nelson (Michael), Jennifer Warren (Matthew), and Katherine O’Connor (Dan Hausman); sister, Patricia Kennelly; 25 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren.  Preceded in death by parents, James J. and Carrie V. O’Connor; 6 brothers; 3 sisters; son-in-law, John A. Chisholm. Bill will be remembered most for the joy he found in family and friends, his dedication and support of the community, and his devotion to Catholic Education.

The family will receive friends on Friday, April 20th from 5pm to 7pm at Christ the King Catholic Church, 654 S. 86th St., followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, April 21st at 10:30am, Christ the King Church.  Entombment, Resurrection Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Project Harmony, Creighton University, Sacred Heart CUES, Creighton Prep, or charity of your choice.




  • Lynn ( Roeder) And Todd Sorensen Posted April 17, 2018 9:22 pm

    The Roeder family was so saddened tonight to learn about Bill’s passing. Our two families have been very dear friends since our fathers, Bill and Ron, went to North High School together. I have so many wonderful memories of Bill and all the times our families have spent together. Please know how much we loved Bill and how much he is going to be missed. We are so very sorry for your loss of such an amazing man and father. We love you O’Connors’ and will be keeping you all in our hearts and in our prayers.

  • Dan & Kay Anzalone Posted April 17, 2018 9:53 pm

    One of my real life heroes! What a Father, what a family! Much love! Dan

  • Jerry Kenline Posted April 18, 2018 8:20 am

    My sincere sympathies to the O’Connor family. Bill was not only one of the greatest IBM salesman of all times, but he was a wonderful human being. I will always cherish the many memories I have of Bill during his career with IBM. Heaven will be a lot more fun with Bill at the party! God Bless!!!

  • Eric Schneider Posted April 18, 2018 1:29 pm

    Please let me offer my sincere condolences to the O’Conner Family. I believe I only met Mr O’Conner once, as I remember, at his grandson Trey’s marriage to my niece Kim Schneider/O’Conner. He is now in a better place and has the Lord to watch over him.

  • Jim & Patti O’Connor Posted April 18, 2018 1:41 pm

    Uncle Bill was always engaged and inquisitive, showing genuine interest in what we were doing. He really sparkled when he was around his family. Condolences to Jean and all the kids & grandkids.

  • Mich E. Posted April 18, 2018 6:24 pm

    Dear family, my condolences and many happy memories of Bill be with you. And if tears come, may these promises from Jehovah God comfort you. “Do not be anxious….but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God; and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7; Isaiah 25:8 NWT.

  • Everitt Family Posted April 18, 2018 9:56 pm

    Such a wonderful life.
    How blessed you all are to have grown up with such great parents / grandparents, and such happy souls.
    May all his goodness live on in each of your lives for generations to come.

  • Ray Williams Posted April 19, 2018 3:44 am

    Will be thinking of you all in the days ahead.

  • Kevin Jensen Posted April 19, 2018 8:32 am

    My heart goes out to the O’Connor Family, Mr. O’Connor was an amazing Husband, Father, Uncle, Grandpa, and Brother. Personally, was such an awe inspiring person to me, not just for his many,many accomplishments but as the person he was. He was always so inquisitive and inquiring about me whenever we had a chance to have a conversation. I loved and admired that about Him, I always felt a little more special after those chats. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

  • Gregory Overton Posted April 19, 2018 11:12 am

    Thoughts and prayers are with Bill and his loving family. To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.

  • Robert Murray Posted April 19, 2018 7:14 pm

    Sending my deepest sympathy to the O’Connor Family. Bill was a 1st class gentleman and I enjoyed his friendship at North High School. I am very sorry for your loss.

  • John Connel Posted April 20, 2018 6:28 am

    My heart and prayers go out to entire O’Connor family. From Bill’s height to the size of his family and his philanthropy he was a big man.

  • Pat Casey Posted April 20, 2018 8:32 am

    Our most sincere condolences and sympathies to the entire O’Connor family. You are all in our prayers and thoughts. May God bless and comfort you all.

    Pat, Zach and Nicole Casey

  • Jill Runty Posted April 20, 2018 7:53 pm

    Deepest sympathy to the entire O’Conner family.
    ~Jill (Runty) ,Matt, Jordan & Max

  • Bruce Rasmussen Posted April 20, 2018 10:36 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers to Jean and her family during this time of sorrow. Remembering our great neighbors on Crescent Beach, (Okoboji) Happy memories of Bill be with you all. God Bless.
    With Sympathy,
    Bruce and Joni (Hunt) Rasmussen Family

  • Molly Steck McCoy and Richard McCoy Posted April 21, 2018 2:43 pm

    We where so sorry to see of Bills passing on to a better world. We have known him since North High School and had many fun times with him in our youth rides in the back of a old ice truck to go swimming at Merrits beach such fun with with good friends, many who have left us but with good memories. Sorry we can’t attend his services but Dick is having some troubles with his get up and go from some cancer issues but we will be thinking of all of you and a special hello to his lovely wife Jean and family.
    Molly and Dick McCoy

  • Duncan and Rozanne Murphy Posted April 24, 2018 5:56 pm

    A sad occasion until you start remembering good times with Bill, and you can’t help but start smiling. An interview with Bill led to a 30-year career at Riekes for the Murphy family. A meeting kept us out of town for the services. The Irish O’Connor clan are in the Murphy clan’s thoughts and prayers.

  • George R Binder Posted April 18, 2023 5:11 am

    Bill was a class act. He surly will be missed. Our condo lances to his entire family.

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