John R. O’Hearn, age 75, of Aledo, Il. Died Thursday December 13,2018 at the Genesis Senior Living in Aledo. Cremation has been accorded. Funeral services are 11:00 AM Monday December 17, 2018 at the Fippinger Funeral Home in Aledo. Burial is in the National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal where military rites will be conducted. Visitation is from 9:00 AM until time of services Monday at Fippingers where memorials may be left to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or FurEver Friends. Online condolences can be made at www.fippingerfuneralhome.com
John was born November 29,1943 in Davenport, Iowa to Russell and Cecille Harrison O’Hearn. He graduated from the first graduating class of Westmer High School in 1961. John married Karen K. Potter March 7, 1964 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Keithsburg, IL.
John was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970. He was employed at Mer-Roc FS in Aledo for over 40 years retiring in 2005.
His memberships include the Mercer County Farm Bureau, Mercer County VFW Post 1571 and the Vietnam Veteran of America #299.
For several years, he served as a Mercer Township Trustee and was a former member of the Mercer County Fair Board. He enjoyed spending time at his farm watching the crops grow and wintering to Mexico, Florida, Mississippi and Georgia. In his early days he enjoyed boating on the Mississippi and Lake of the Ozarks.
Survivors include his wife, Karen, 3 nieces, Gwen (Bob) Leonard of Marion, IA, Heidi (T.J.) Bower of Boynton Beach, FL., Jennifer (Tim) Walthall of Viola, Il, 2 nephews, Henry (Carrie) Meyers of Olivia, MN, Jason (Shelley) Potter of Reynolds, IL. and special friends the Hugh Brown family of Aledo.
His parents and a sister Shirley Hawn preceded him in death.