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309 W. Parkdale Avenue
Manistee, MI 49660
Phone: (231) 723-1117
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Jeremiah O'Connor

Jeremiah Joseph O'Connor

Saturday, February 27th, 1926 - Sunday, February 2nd, 2020
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Jeremiah O'Connor passed away peacefully February 2, 2020 in Brethren, Michigan at the age of 94. He was born February 27, 1925 to Philip and Clara (Gillette) O'Connor in Selkirk, Michigan. He grew up near Glennie Michigan and graduated from Oscoda High School.
He enlisted in the Army Air Force at the age of 19 in August of 1943. He was a member of a heavy bomber unit as an aerial gunner. After several missions over Normandy, Norther France and Rhineland Central Europe, his plane was shot down over Germany where he was captured and taken prisoner September 11, 1944. He was first assigned to Stalag Luft 4 and then was part of the Black March for nine months until liberation in May of 1945 and was honorably discharged in November, 1945.
The following year Jerry married Harriette Bamfield October 25, 1946 in Glennie, Michigan. They were married 68 years until her passing April 14, 2016
He worked for Detroit Edison for 40 years and lived in the South Lyon, Michigan area for many years until retiring to Brethren, Michigan in 1990 where he enjoyed fishing, hunting and life with family.
He was a member of the VFW, Manistee Muzzle Loading Club and the Spirit of the Woods Conservation Club.
He is survived by son, Jerry (Randy) O'Connor, daughter Margaret Perisin, sister Deana (Ted) Flore and brother Albert "Lew" (Ann) Spencer, 3 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brothers Phillip (Geneva) O'Connor, Harry (Peg) O'Connor, Oatis (Sue) O'Connor and sisters Sybil (Gaylon) Copeland and Carmen (Wayne) Wiederhold.
Memorial Services will be held Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 1:00 PM at the Oak Grove Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Manistee with Pastor Joe Wave officiating. Military Honors will follow. the family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12:00 Noon until time of service.

Please visit Jerimiah’s personal page of memories at Arrangements by the Oak Grove Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Manistee.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 13th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Saturday, June 13th, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Oak Grove Funeral Home - Manistee
    309 West Parkdale Road
    MANISTEE, MI 49660
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  • Service

    Saturday, June 13th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, June 13th, 2020 1:00pm
    Oak Grove Funeral Home - Manistee
    309 West Parkdale Road
    MANISTEE, MI 49660
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Posted at 07:56pm
I will miss you! Until we meet again, give grandma a hug for me and tell everyone I said Hi!!
Gubby was a larger than life character. He was so good to myself and his grandchildren. He loved them so much!
Life will surely be different without the two of them. Watch over us! All my love!, Molly

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