|Posted by Michael O'Hearn on February 12, 2012 at 12:50 AM|
John G. O'Hearn, age 52, a lifelong Maple Grove resident, died unexpectedly Thursday morning, Oct. 6, 2011, while working on his farm.
John was born in Maple Grove, on July 13, 1959, to Alberta (Kadow) O'Hearn and the late John J. "Jack" O'Hearn. He attended St. Patrick's Catholic Grade School in Maple Grove, and was a 1977 graduate of Reedsville High School. Known by his classmates as "Hondo", John excelled on the basketball court as a member of the Reedsville High School team and is remembered as a sharp-shooting "three point shooter from the corner". He married Diane Schieffer, formerly of Lannon, on Oct. 13, 1990, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Maple Grove. They proudly raised their two boys in a loving home, enjoying time away, sporting events, working together on the farm and family time together watching Seinfeld episodes.
John dedicated his life to farming, being raised on the family homestead which was established by his great-grandfather in 1888, working over the years for his father, John, and eventually taking over the farm in 1990. He formed a partnership with his brother, Jim, as well as working with his brother, Kenny. The O'Hearn family was proud host of "Breakfast on the Farm" in 2003 and the O'Hearn Family Reunion on the Homestead in 2009. Through his hard work and dedication, John carried on the family tradition and made the farm what it is today.
John was a very successful businessman who was greatly respected by his co-workers and fellow farmers. He will be greatly missed by his dedicated employees, many friends and neighbors. John's outpouring generosity was evident as he served on the Reedsville School Board for ten years and was a proud sponsor of the Reedsville FFA, of which his son, John, is current president.
John was truly a genuine people person who will be remembered for his great sense of humor mixed with his Irish wit and appreciation for good conversation with family, neighbors and friends.
John is beloved husband of Diane; loving father of his boys, John and Joshua; and cherished son of Alberta O'Hearn, Maple Grove. He is brother to Debbie (Greg) Sheehy, Maple Grove; Daryl (Karen) O'Hearn, Reedsville; Jim O'Hearn, Maple Grove; Kathy O'Hearn and fiancee, Joe, Green Bay; Ken (Andrea) O'Hearn, Manitowoc; and Mary O'Hearn, Manitowoc. He is further survived by a very special aunt and uncle, Don and Gail O'Hearn; as well as other family members in California; loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jack O'Hearn; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Joyce Schieffer; and his grandparents.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, at Holy Family Parish, 1100 West Ryan St., Brillion. Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial will be the Rev. Timothy Brandt, with burial to follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Maple Grove.
Friends may call at Holy Family Parish in Brillion, from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday evening, where a prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue Tuesday morning after 9 a.m. until 10:15 a.m.
Deja & Martin Funeral Chapels, 1506 - 18th St. Two Rivers, (ph: 920-793-1756) is assisting the O'Hearn family with funeral arrangements.
The O'Hearn family would like to express their sincere thanks to the Reedsville First Responders, Holy Family Memorial Emergency Room Staff, and the many friends who have assisted and supported us during this most difficult time.
Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter from October 8 to October 9, 2011