John "Jack" O'Hara

Died: Wed., Nov. 6, 2013


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Fri., Nov. 08, 2013
Location: Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory

Mass of Christian Burial

10:30 AM Sat., Nov. 09, 2013
Location: Church of the Nativity

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John E. “Jack” O’Hara, 76, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital.

Funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 9, at the Church of the Nativity with Rev. Scott Bullock officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery with full military detail accorded by American Legion Post #6. Visitation will be on Friday, November 8 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with a wake service at 7:45 p.m. A parish rosary will be said at 10:15 a.m. Saturday at Nativity.

He was born on August 3, 1937 in Harpers Ferry, Iowa, the son of Edward and Margaret (Connelly) O'Hara. He graduated from Loras Academy in 1955. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1958. He married Mary Collins on June 10, 1961 at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in Dubuque. He worked for the former Dubuque Packing Company for 42 years before retiring in 2000.

Jack loved joking, laughing, and spending time with family, friends, and neighbors.  He delighted and took great pride in his grandchildren and great grandchildren and never missed an opportunity to attend their school and sporting events.  He endured the last few months with dignity, courage, humor, and strength surrounded by family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary, five children: Dan (Sue) O'Hara, of Dubuque, Cory (Dan) Kelly of Ankeny, Mike O'Hara of Des Moines, Jim (Samantha) O'Hara of Ankeny, and Steve (Jennifer) O'Hara of Rochester, MN; twelve grandchildren: Ryan O'Hara, Kaitlin (Nathan) Fell, Molly O'Hara, Megan Kelly, Allison Kelly, Kelsie Kelly, Daniel Kelly, Grace O'Hara, Luke O'Hara, Frank O'Hara, Kathleen O'Hara, and Ellen O'Hara. He is also survived by two great grandchildren: Jack O'Hara and Thomas Fell, two sisters: Leona (Dale) Ehlers, of Dubuque, and Shirley (Denny) Donovan, of East Dubuque, IL and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother Richard “Dick” (Mary Ann) O'Hara.

In lieu of flowers a John E. O’Hara memorial fund has been established.

The family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to family and friends for their loving care, kindness and support. The family also appreciates and gives thanks to the health care professionals for the wonderful care given to Jack.

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Troy Murphy
   Posted Thu November 07, 2013

DISH GARDEN WITH FRESH FLOWERS was sent by CJM Financial, Inc..

Our Deepest Sympathies for Your Loss. CJM Financial, Inc.

Lillie Moes and Family (former DBQ--Cummins Court neighbors)
   Posted Thu November 07, 2013
Our deepest sympathies. Your Dad created so many beautiful memories to be with you always in so many ways. Slainte, Jack in Heaven. Love Lillie Moes & Family

Joseph Palla
   Posted Fri November 08, 2013
We are very happy that we had the opportunity to meet Jack. We are sorry for your loss. Please know that you are all in our thoughts.

Joe, Bob, Emma and Lizzie

Carol and Joe Schaefer
   Posted Fri November 08, 2013
We send our deepest sympathy to you and your family for the great loss you suffered. The statement in the obituary, "Jack loved joking, laughing, and spending time with family, friends, and neighbors," certainly is accurate. It provides a great remembrance of him. We recall several good times we had with the two of you at the Loras College Christmas Dinners when we happened to sit at the same table. May he enjoy eternal happiness at an even higher level than the level of happiness he brought to all he knew.

Carol and Joe Schaefer

Debbie Hebert (David Bonins Mom)
   Posted Fri November 08, 2013
To: Kelsey and Family:

Know you are in our thoughts and prayers in this time of sorrow.

Sincerely yours,

Debbie Hebert (David Bonins Mom)

Ernie Thalmann
   Posted Fri November 08, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. I worked with Jack for several years at FDL Foods. He was quiet and I always loved his pleasant smile. I feel that I was honored to work with such a man.
Ernie Thalmann

Robert Pedersen
   Posted Fri November 08, 2013

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Bob Pedersen.

JJ , You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. 5th Judicial District, Probation/Parole & Warrant Team

Mary Grady Cota and family
   Posted Sun January 05, 2014
Mary and Family
My Mother Mary had just heard about Jack's passing. She remembers many good times with you all in Dubuque and at family gatherings.
Mom is now 87 and has some memory loss but still speaks of her times with Corey,they must of had something special back in the day.
Sorry this is so late but Mom wanted you to know how much she loves your family..
From our Family Mary Barb and John

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