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William Francis (Bill) O’Connor


Wed, Mar 30th, 2016
Posted in Preston Obituaries

William Francis (Bill) O’Connor 61 of Rochester, formerly of Preston passed away at his home on January 15, 2016.

He was born in Preston, the son of Paul and Freda (Kramer) O’Connor on September 18, 1954. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Columbans Catholic Church in Preston. He attended Preston Public School and graduated in 1973. Bill was a member of the Preston football team that was runner-up at the state championship. He was always very proud of that.

Bill attended college in Charles City, Iowa and worked at the Oliver – White Tractor Company. He also worked at Crenlo in Rochester, Larson Siding and Windows, Taco Bell, US Census Bureau, and did telemarketing from his home.

In 1975, Bill married DeeOnn Hildebrand and they were later divorced. Bill enjoyed fishing, playing cards, camping, gardening, and reading. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Freda O’Connor; his paternal grandparents Michael and Catherine O’Connor; maternal grandparents William and Emma Kramer; one brother Donald; one sister-in-law Nancy O’Connor, and one niece.

He is survived by three brothers Kenneth “Buzz” of Harmony; James (Ann) of Preston; Patrick (Kathy Pederson) of Dexter; two sisters; Kathleen “Kay” (Vern) Ristau of Preston, and Phyllis (Ron) Weathers of Fountain; one sister-in-law Alice Cummings of Preston; and many nieces and nephews.

The memorial service will be held on April 9th at 10:00 am at St. Columban Catholic Church in Preston. Visitation will be from 8:30-10:00 am at the church before the service on Saturday. Inurnment will be at Crown Hill Cemetery following the service.
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Mon, Mar 28th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

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Posted in Preston Social Scenes

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Mon, Mar 28th, 2016
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

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Mon, Mar 21st, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

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Mon, Mar 14th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

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Evelyn Elizabeth McGrand

Wed, Mar 9th, 2016
Posted in Preston Obituaries

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Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in Preston Features

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Kim James Drury

Thu, Feb 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Obituaries

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