Published: Thursday, April 4th, 2013
Floyd (Irish) J. O'Connor, age 91, residing in Tucson, Ariz., died peacefully on March 14, 2013 from natural causes. He was born in Custer, S.D., No. 27, 1921, and his parents were Floyd Glen O'Connor and Ruth Graham O'Connor.
Floyd graduated from Custer High School in 1939 and worked at Lockheed Aircraft in California from 1941-44. He joined the Navy during World War II and served from 1944- 1946 working on aircraft carriers. After release from the Navy, he and his wife, Dorothy both attended college at Chadron State Teachers College in Nebraska and he graduated with a Bachelor of Education in Industrial Arts in 1953.
He was a co-owner in the O'Connor family lumber business, and helped manage the Round Up Motel for a number of years which were both located in Custer, S.D. In midlife he worked in middle management for various companies in South Dakota, Arizona, and Colorado ending his career working for Schlage Division of Ingersoll Rand in Colorado Springs, Colo., as a purchasing manager. He retired in 1991.
He was preceded in death by two wives, Dorothy Krauss O'Connor who died in 1965, and Jacqueline Rochester O'Connor, who died in 2010. He is survived by one daughter, Sharon O'Connor of Tucson, Ariz., two grandsons, Paul and Britton Dornquast and three great -granddaughters, Noelle, Jenna and Kelsi. He has four step sons, Jack, Gregg, Jon and Paul Rochester. He also has two surviving sisters, Joyce Hamilton and Pat Spargur and one surviving brother, Jack O'Connor. A sister, Carol and two brothers, Gerald and Glen preceded him in death.
His family will remember him as a sincere, loyal, and hardworking man who possessed great integrity. A funeral will not be held but his cremated remains will be returned to his place of birth in the Black Hills.
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