HAVRE DAILY NEWS                                                                       Friday March 15, 2002

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JOHN O’LEARY

           

   John J. O’Leary, 79, retired railroad employee, died Wednesday, March 13, 2002, of natural causes at a Havre care center. 

  Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at St. Jude Catholic Church with Fr. Pete Guthneck officiating. Burial is to follow at the Highland Cemetery. A fellowship is to follow at the Vets Club. 

  John was born on June 10, 1922, to Thomas and Nellie (Degendorfer) O’Leary at Collis, Minn. In 1934, the O’Leary family moved to Savoy. He attended school in Savoy. In 1936, they moved to Harlem. In 1943, John joined the Seabees, a part of the U.S. Navy. John served his country during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1946. In 1947, he went to work for the Great Northern Railroad in Havre and retired in 1983. In 1947, John married Elinora Cox in Chinook. 

  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, shooting pool, and playing horseshoes. He liked being outdoors and camping. 

  His parents, five sisters and five brothers preceded him in death. 

  Survivors include his wife, Elinora of Havre; sons, Richard and Jay O’Leary of Havre and Robert O’Leary of North Bend, Wash.; five grandchildren; one great-grandson. 

  Memorials in John’s honor may be made to Havre Day Activity Center, Box 1847, Havre, MT 59501     

  Services and arrangements are under the direction of the Holland and Bonine Funeral Home. 

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GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE                                                                    Saturday, March 16, 2002

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    John J. O'Leary

 

  HAVRE -- John J. O'Leary, 79, a Navy veteran and retired railroad employee, died of natural causes Wednesday at a Havre care center.

  Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Monday at St. Jude Catholic Church, followed by burial with military honors in Highland Cemetery. A fellowship will take place at the VFW in Havre after the burial. Holland and Bonine Funeral Home of Havre is in charge of arrangements.

  Survivors include his wife, Elinora O'Leary of Havre; sons Richard O'Leary and Jay O'Leary of Havre and Robert O'Leary of North Bend, Wash.; five grandchildren and one great-grandson.

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FUNERAL PROGRAM  March 18, 2002

 

In Loving Memory of

John J. O’Leary

June 10, 1922- March 13, 2002

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In Loving Memory of John J. O’Leary

 

Date of Birth

Saturday, June 10,1922

Collis, Minnesota

 

Date of Death

Wednesday, March 13, 2002

Havre, Montana

 

Funeral Mass

Monday, March 18, 2002 - 11:00 a.m.

St. Jude Catholic Church

 

Officiant

Father Pete Guthneck

 

Accompanist

Narisa Diola

 

Cantor

Dolores Noffsinger

 

Soloist

Ken Overcast

Old Rugged Cross - Precious Memories

 

Congregational Hymns

How Great Thou Art        Song of Farewell

 

Gift Bearers

Tiffany and Trudy O’Leary

 

Reading of Scripture and Eulogy

James O’Leary

 

Burial

Highland Cemetery

Military Honors

United Veterans Council

 

John O’Leary

 

  Johnny O’Leary, child of nature,

A whiz on the Browning nomenclature,

Fast on his feet and bayonet ace,

Usually first in every race,

Out of the plains he came one day

Into our homesick hearts to stay.

 

  Johnny O’Leary, son of toil,

Ready to fall on alien soil,

Willing to fight for the good and right,

(And God help the enemy he will fight! )

Machete-wise, and a hunk of a man

With muscles of steel in a hide of tan.

 

Johnny O’Leary, a friend of mine,

Hoping to see a watch on the Rhine,

Backing his scraper into a hole,

Laughing at rules and ignoring his soul,

Eating big meals at the Navy’s expense,

And looking at liberties over the fence.

 

  Johnny O’Leary, Seabee grand,

Proud of his past in a western land,

Taking our jokes with an Irish grin,

And roaring before the point comes in,

Fighting and working, swapping lies,

Better than many just twice his size.

 

  Johnny O’Leary, cowboy kid,

Many and good were the things he did,

But highest of all was the way he stayed

Happy and bright as the Corps decayed;

Japan to Europe, wherever we’ll be,

Mad Irish Johnny’s the boy for me!

 

By B. C. Pearson, S2c

 

On Eagle’s Wings

 

And he will raise you up on eagle's wings, hear you

on the breath of clown, make you to shine like the

sun, and hold you in the palm of his hand.

 

You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord, who abide

in his shadow for life, say to the Lord: “My refuge,

my rock in whom I trust!”

 

The snare of the fowler will never capture you, and

famine will bring you no fear: under his wings your

refuge, his faithfulness your shield.

 

‘You need not fear the terror ot the night, nor the

arrow that flies by day; thouvh thousands fall about

you, neat you it shall not come.

 

For to his angels he’s given a command to guard you

in all of your ways; upon their hands they will hear

you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

 

             Pallbearers

Terry O’Leary   Tim O’Leary

Dan O’Leary     Todd O’Leary

Butch Wagner  Irvin Anderson

 

Honorary Pallbearers

All of John’s nianv friends

 

Fellowship at the VFW to follow the graveside service.

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THE BLAINE COUNRY JOURNAL, NEWS-OPINION                           Wednesday, March 20, 2002

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JOHN J. O'LEARY

 

  John J. O’Leary, 79, died of natural causes at a Havre Cares Center on Wednesday, March 13, 2002. Funeral Mass was held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 18, in St. Jude Catholic Church in Havre with Fr. Pete Guthneck officiating. Burial was in the Highland Cemetery and a fellow­ship followed the graveside serv­ices at the Havre VFW. Memori­als in John’s honor may be made to the Havre Day Activity Cen­ter, Box 1847; Havre, MT 59501. Services and arrange­ments were under the direction of the Holland and Bonine Funeral Home of Havre.

  John was born on. June 10, 1922, to Thomas and Nellie (Degendorfer) O’Leary in Collis, MN. In 1934 the family moved to Savoy, MT and he atended school there In 1936 the family moved to Harlem. In 1943 John joined the Seabees of the U.S. Navy and served his country ‘dur­ing World War II. He was hon­orably discharged in 1946 and in 1947 he married Elinora Cox in Chinook and went to work for the Great Northern Railroad in Havre. He retired from the Rail­road in 1983.

  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, shooting pool, and., playing horseshoes.   He always enjoyed I being outdoors and camping.

  He is survived by his wife Eli­nora of Havre; three sons, Rich­ard and lay O’Leary of Havre and Robert O’Leary of North Bend, WA; five grandchildren, Terry, Todd, Tim, Tmdy and Tiffany; and one great grandson, Bobby.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters, and five brothers.

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