JOHN "JACK" O’HEARN
John "Jack" O’Hearn died Feb. 21, 2010 in Faribault, MN. Born Oct. 14, 1924 in Minot, ND, he graduated from St. Leo’s High School in 1942. He served with the Army 1st Airborne Division during WWII, and attended the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. He was married to Onalee Fanslow and later divorced. They resided in Richfield, MN, where he was Post Commander of the Richfield American Legion Post and, later, of the Fifth District American Legion Posts in Minneapolis. He was a member of Toastmasters Intl. and of Divine Mercy Catholic Church in Faribault, MN.
John is survived by daughter Carolyn (Patrick) Johannes of Albuquerque, NM, son Richard (Roxanne) of Duluth, MN, sister Marilyn Barnes of St. George, UT, companion Jan Underdahl, of Faribault, MN, and four grandchildren.
John was preceded in death by parents Art and Edna O’Hearn, and two brothers William "Bill" and Kenneth "KC", of Casper, WY.
A private ceremony is scheduled for a later date. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Venerable Solanus Casey Guild .
As the first Niece--he did change my diapers--of course. (His little Sherrie) I adored my uncle and he knew it! He was large part of my ability to cope with Dad's death. They were so much alike. Alan and I had been able to spend more time in MN these last couple of years and Jan was always gracious to put up with us. All the Dean Martin songs, the margaritas and beers on the deck, etc. I'll relish the memories and miss him greatly. My condolences to Jan and all the family and friends. He waw a jewel and one-of-a-kind.
He was definitely the best looking guy I ever saw in a "Big White Hat." He is and always will be incredibly missed. Rest in Peace, Grandpa. We love you.
Hey cousins on both sides- thanks so much for 'typing' here. He was one of the funniest guys God ever made and he lives on in all of us. He is soaring with the eagles- saw an American Eagle in Kansas that circled over the car and waved his tail feathers as he circled up into the clouds! A perfect sign! Keep looking up, XOXO, K
One of mine was when Uncle Jack made it look like he detatched his pointer finger from his hand! That was just amazing! His sence of humor and wit were second to none. I was suprised as could be at one of my letter carrier conventions the speaker came up to me afterwards and asked if I had any relatives in the St. Paul area. He and Uncle Jack tossed back a few brews at the local VFW. What a small world. He truley was a class act and my "favorite" Uncle! I will miss him.
The quick wit was unmatched! My husband was bragging about Jared's (younger son)golf prowess and how he was "golfing in the 'low 70's'...Jack's quick response, "that's nuthin'..it's 82 here!" I don't think he EVER identified himself when he'd call...well, except for the pretend obscene phone call opener or something like that. I also remember him hitching a ride w/us Janicki's one summer to MN from Casper...that man could make cheeseburgers and pizza sound like more fun than a circus! Whoo-hooo! And I'm quite grateful my Mom & Jared made the visit this past summer. Something tells me there is quite a reunion taking place right now...
I am very saddened to hear the news of your Dad's passing. I have fond memories of him always laughing and joking at Gramarie's family gatherings. My Dad really enjoyed the golf outings with your Dad during our summertime visits to Lake City. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Warm Regards, your cousin Becky (Fanslow) Krausman
Very funny & loving to all of us - and there were certainly alot of us. I remember cigars, card playing, jokes, laughter and lots of hugs. The O'Hearn family was and still are close and loving. We were are BFF.
We are working to solidify a date in July, possibly around the 24th, for Dad's memorial service and interrment in Lake City, MN.
I was extremely saddened to hear of Jack's death. I have known Uncle Jack for 60 plus years. Some of the earliest memories of my childhood involve interaction with Uncle Jack. I was always impressed by his quick wit and infectious sense of humor. He was at ease in any situation and always had a quip or a joke ready for any occasion. He will be sorely missed. My condolences to Jan and the rest of his family.