Raymond O'Connor

Raymond E. O'Connor

Tuesday, March 10th, 1925 - Wednesday, May 29th, 2019
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Raymond E. O'Connor, 94, died peacefully in his home on May 29, 2019. Dearly beloved husband of Renate, devoted father of Rita (Ed) Konstanty, Elaine (Jim) McCarthy, David (Sandra) O'Connor and Mark (Beth) O'Connor. Cherished grandfather of Corey (Vania), Kathleen, Ana, Kevin, Eric, Sean, Logan, Adam and Kendall, and proud of the people his grandchildren became; loving son of the late Raymond P. and Elizabeth Braun O’Connor; fond brother of Bettyan Hrkel, and preceded by Dolores Florek, Maurice, Norbert, Francis, Laurence, and Jerome O’Connor.

The great loves of Ray’s life were St. Rita, ice cream, traveling, aviation, and his family. He had 41 years of dedicated service to his country, first in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, then the rest of his career with the U.S. Army National Guard. He was a proud and active alum of St. Rita High School, Class of 1942. He served on the school boards of St. Rita High School and St. Mary Star of the Sea Elementary School. Member and service representative of NARFE-National Active and Retired Federal Employees for many years.

Family and friends will gather at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel, 7740 S. Western Ave., Chicago, on Friday, August 9, from 9 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11a.m. Rev. Tom McCarthy, OSA, officiating. Military honors to follow. Private burial St. Mary Cemetery.

Please omit flowers. Contributions in Ray’s memory to St. Rita High School, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,, greatly appreciated.

Please visit RAYMOND O’CONNOR BOOK OF MEMORIES. To express your thoughts or memories in the online guest book, visit or Arrangements by CENTRAL CHAPELS, Chicago, 773-581-9000.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, August 9th, 2019 | 9:00am - 11:00am
    Friday, August 9th, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am
    St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel
    7740 S. Western Ave.
    CHICAGO, IL 60620
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, August 9th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, August 9th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel
    7740 S. Western Ave.
    CHICAGO, IL 60620
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Military honors at the end of Mass will conclude services.
    Rev. Tom McCarthy, OSA
  • Interment

    St. Mary Cemetery
    3701 W. 87th St.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Private burial St. Paul Shrine Section SP - Block 13 - Lot 13 - Grave 6


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Roy Kentish

Posted at 09:45am

Memories? Yes. All good ones.

REO, Shorty, Boss, 1st SGT. and friend.

Ray went by all of these titles.

I met Ray in 1958 at Lansing Airport.

He was one good leader of men and boys.

Do some of you remember Ray's little sayings:

"Winding your watch.."
"Collars and Cuffs don't match.."
"My Shoes are tired.."

A big loss for all of us.

Roy A Kentish
Crystal Lake, Illinois

Stephen Rager

Posted at 03:52pm
Ray O'Connor was the first person I met when I was sent by John Dorigan to seek full time employment with the Army Guard Facility at midway Airport. He became a major influence and big part of my life for the almost twenty years following that first day. Ray was always looking out for his boys as the then, Facility Supervisor and Unit First Sergeant and was more than just these two titles represented to all that were privileged to serve with him. We developed a close friendship and I was privileged to get to know his immediate family as well before he retired. Our friendship lasted well beyond his retirement from service and we had kept in touch over the years with our last conversation taking place this year. Ray was a true American, dedicated, loyal and patriotic putting his men and his country before himself I am sure he will be missed by all who knew him.

Steve Rager
CWO5, (ret)

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