Howard Grant O'Connor 1923 - 2010 Lawrence
Memorial services for Howard Grant O’Connor, 87, Lawrence, will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, at Plymouth Congregational Church.
Mr. O’Connor died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010, at Brandon Woods at Alvamar.
He was born March 14, 1923, in Kansas City, Kan., the son of Grant and Elizabeth Poulsen O’Connor. He was a member of the 1941 graduating class of Washington Rural High School in Kansas City, Kan.
Mr. O’Connor was a veteran of World War II and served as a medic in the U.S. Army from July 10, 1944, to June 28, 1946. He attained the rank of staff sergeant.
He attended Kansas State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in geology in 1948. He earned a master’s degree in geology from Kansas University in June 1959.
Mr. O’Connor worked for the Kansas Geological Survey at KU as a senior geologist and geohydrologist beginning in June 1948 until he retired February 1989.
He was a lifetime honorary member of the Kansas Groundwater Association, a lifetime member of the Kansas State Geology Advisory Council, and a member of the Kansas State University Foundation’s President Club. Mr. O’Connor was active in The Endacott Society through KU. He was also a member of the Community Mental Health Center and in 1990 he received the Pioneer Award given by Bert Nash.
Mr. O’Connor was a PDR writer at Brandon Woods and a member of American Legion Dorsey-Liberty Post 14 in Lawrence. He was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence since 1951 and was a Stephen minister for nine years.
He married Virginia Ruth Wollenberg on Sept. 10, 1945, in Kansas City, Kan. She preceded him in death on Oct. 16, 1994.
Survivors include a daughter, Peggy Vierthaler and husband Stephen, Lee’s Summit, Mo.; a son, Robert, Lawrence; and seven grandchildren, Christian, Gyer, Callum and Molly Vierthaler and Melissa, Arin and Heather O’Connor.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph, Wichita.
The family suggests memorials to National Alliance for Mentally Ill of Greater Kansas City or Court Appointed Special Advocate Association for Children (CASA), sent in care of the mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS 66044.
Online condolences may be sent at warrenmcelwain .com.