Charles Edwin O’Connor, age 58, of Jordan passed away of a heart attack on Monday, May 27, 2013 at his home in Jordan.
Charlie was born on November 9, 1954 in Jordan, Montana, the son of Clell Morris and Lillian Eldora (Nelson) O’Connor. Charlie was the youngest of four children. Charlie attended schools in Jordan and graduated from Garfield County High School in 1973. Following graduation, he attended college and completed his Associates Degree in electronics at Miles City Community College. He also attended school at Rocky Mountain College Billings for one year. During this time he worked for Dale Hains and Jordan Electric until he went to work for McCone Electric Cooperative where he worked for 27 years until retiring to become a full time farmer/rancher raising sheep and wheat on the CEO ranch.
Charlie married Jennifer Connor on July 29, 1994 in Red Lodge, MT. They made their home on the family ranch east of Jordan and continued to raise sheep and wheat.
Charlie enjoyed fishing, hunting, looking for fossils, farming and ranching. He also was very active in the lead roles of several Big Dry Player Productions that entertained the community. He truly loved his ranch, dogs Ringo and Wally, Garfield County, and he never liked to be away from home for very long. Charlie was a retired volunteer fireman for Jordan and was a Director/Secretary/Treasurer for the Garfield County Wool Pool up until his death.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Jennifer O’Connor of Jordan, MT; and a brother David (Nancy)O’Connor of Molt, MT; mother and father- in-law James and Cynthia Connor of Cody, WY; sisters-in-law Laurel (Charlie) Noland of Worden; Kathy (Tom) Neiley of Mead, Colorado; Maureen (Terry) Connor-Althaus of Phillipsburg, MT; brothers-in law Norman (Jane) Ostby of Winnett, MT; Chris (Manolita) Connor of Missoula, MT, nieces and nephews, Brian (Kathy) O’Connor of South Dakota, Tony O’Connor of Billings, Roberta O’Connor of Billings, Emily, Caroline, Molly Neiley of Colorado and Maggie Althaus of Phillipsburg, step nieces and step nephew Anne Thiel of Polson, Lisa Barron of Billings, Alec Dumay of Columbia Falls, great Nephews Derek, Darius and Brighton of Billings, numerous O’Connor cousins as well as his very loyal and special friends Jerry Hensleigh and Mary Pat Watson. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Patty Ostby and a brother Robert O’Connor.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 3, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the VFW Hall in Jordan. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Miles City is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
Should friends desire, memorials may be made to the Jordan Ambulance Service.