John Heelen O’Connor

John Heelen O’Connor, 89, died Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at Alpine Way Assisted Living in Shelton, WA.  He was born in Brunswick, Maryland to Cecil Heelen and Edna Marie (Stickley) O’Connor on August 15, 1922. 

John earned is BS at Shepard College, Martinsberry, WV and MS at Illinois State University at Normal IL.  He served in the USMC during WWII retiring from the Reserve as a Major in 1962.  On April 6, 1946 he married Natalie Osterhaudt in Brunswick, Maryland.  He taught history in Junior and Senior High School in Illinois for ten years.  John was then a sales representative for the Rand McNally Company in Colorado and in Washington for 15 years.  He was a member of the Marine Corp League and enjoyed trains, history, fishing, cruising in Alaska, Mexico and Caribbean. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Edna O’Connor; wife, Natalie O’Connor; and son, John P. O’Connor.  John is survived by his daughters, Michael Kriegbaum (Rich) of Allyn, WA and Connie Salmen (Wayne) of Longmont, CO; son, Thomas O’Connor (partner, Roberto Espinoza) of San Francisco; and six grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.

Inurnment will be at Fort Logan National Cemetery Denver, Colorado. The family was served by McComb Funeral Shelton, Wa.