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Funeral services will take place on Friday, August 11, 2017 at 10:00 AM (Mountain).

Masonic Cemetery
Philip, South Dakota

Masonic Cemetery
Philip, South Dakota
A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, August 10 at the Rush Funeral Home in Philip.



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In memory of

Thomas "Tom" O'Connor

of Philip, South Dakota, died on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 near Philip, South Dakota at the age of 59

Thomas James "Tom" O’Connor was born August 31, 1957, in Rapid City, SD, the first of four children born to Charles and Shirley (Tavernier) O’Connor. He enjoyed fishing, coyote hunting, working with cattle, and being outdoors. He liked visiting with old friends and reminiscing about old times. Tom was blessed with two daughters, Tiekola and Tomlin.

Survivors include his parents, Shirley and Chuck O'Connor of Philip; two daughters, Tiekola Fortune of West Point, NE, and Tomlin O'Connor of Rapid City; two brothers, Tim (Susan) O'Connor of Henderson, NV, and Todd (Laura) O'Connor of Philip; one sister, Shelly (Mike) Peris of Butte, MT; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, August 10 at the Rush Funeral Home in Philip.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 11 at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip with Father Gary Oreshoski officiating.

VISITATION
Thursday, August 10 - 5-7 p.m.
Rush Funeral Home
Philip, South Dakota

GRAVESIDE SERVICES
Friday, August 11 - 10:00 a.m.
Masonic Cemetery
Philip, South Dakota

OFFICIATING
Father Gary Oreshoski

  • When Tom lived with us, while working with my dad, he was so very gracious to 2 little girls (my sister and me) allowing us to color his hair and nick name him Burt. We all had B names and we decided he needed one too. Tom was a great guy. He will be missed. ~ Becky (Buls) Richmond Lakeland FL (8/15/2017)
  • I met Tom when I was in Philip visiting my uncles. they are George and Rudy Lamm. We hug out some and then years later my husband and I ran into Tom again. He asked if we wanted to go fishing. Clover was with him and we went to some OcConner dams and we had a blast. I feel for Toms mom and daughters. Only the good die young ~ Kathy Bessette Scenic SD (8/15/2017)
  • So sorry to hear of Tom's sudden passing. I have no words that can ease your grief, but I can share with you my memories of him as a friendly face who always made time for his siblings' friends. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ~ Jeanene Kroetch New York, NY (8/14/2017)
  • Dear Shirley.....words can not express the sadness we feel for you and your family....sending love and kisses ...xo ~ Ginger Broderick New York City (8/14/2017)
  • Sorry for your lost had some good times with tom ~ Gary Ferguson Huron sd (8/13/2017)
  • So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you Tom. And the family. ~ Julie Moses Brown Fairmont Nebraska (8/12/2017)
  • So sad to read of your loss of Tom. Our boys were the same age and enjoyed old memories of those times when we were first married. My heart is so sad for the family. Losing a child is not the way life is supposed to turn out. Love and prayers for you all. ~ Janet Humphrey 6814 Lakeland Way (8/12/2017)
  • When we lose someone dear to us, our eyes need to cry and our hearts need to weep... But, just beyond the sadness, good memories await like a rainbow after a storm. Sending my sincere condolences to each of you. ~ Genelle Marie Diab Crest Hill, IL (8/12/2017)
  • I want to extend my sympathy to Chuck and Shirley O'Connor and the rest of the relatives.
    I want to extend my sympathy to Chuck and Shirley O'Connor and the rest of the relatives.
    ~ Gene Broderick Rock Falls, IL (8/11/2017)
  • I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Tom. He was a friend I hadn't seen in years and saw him twice in just a few weeks a part. He remembered who I was and although we only spoke a few words, the friend I had known so long ago was still the same friendly Tom. My condolences to all his family. ~ Ella(Riggins) Hindman Kadoka SD (8/11/2017)
  • So sorry to hear of Tom's passing! Keep the memories close by, RIP Tom! ~ Karen Nelsqon Murdo, SD (8/11/2017)
  • With my deepest sympathy. So sad to hear of your loss. Thoughts & prayers are with at this sad time. ~ Bea Williams Missoula, Mt (8/10/2017)
  • We're so sorry about Tom. He was one special guy. We always knew when he was around because of his hearty laugh and good nature. We'll miss him a lot. ~ (8/10/2017)
  • ~ Butch& Kathy Beach Wall SD (8/10/2017)
  • We are so very sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one is always so difficult. Our thoughts & prayers are with all of the family. ~ Nathan & Brittney Drury Philip (8/10/2017)
  • Chuck and Shirley, So to learn of the loss of your Son. Thoughts and prayers. ~ Lloyd Royer 1076 Windsor Ct Waukee IA (8/10/2017)
  • Our thoughts and prayers to you all. May you find comfort in the days ahead with the many memories made through the years. The loss of a loved one is always difficult and especially one with so much future ahead. ~ Bill and Marsha Sumpter Kadoka (8/10/2017)
  • We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May God guide through your pain and sorrow. Prayers for you all. ~ Barbara and Morris Jones Midland, SD (8/10/2017)
  • Sorry for your loss. Tom was a special guy, always enjoyed his laugh. God Bless. ~ Ralph & Cathy Fiedler Sturgis, S.D. (8/10/2017)
  • Sorry for your loss. Sending condolences for all of the family. RIP Tom ~ Leo Gittings Nemo, SD (8/10/2017)
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May your good memories bring you comfort. ~ Debbie Schofield Gillette, Wyoming (8/10/2017)
  • So sorry for your loss my prayers are with you ~ Charlie Buhmann Rapidcity (8/10/2017)
  • I send my sympathy to you all. I have had a lot of good visits with Tom on the phone. It makes me sad to know the pain you are in. Judy Daly
    ~ Judy Daly Midland SD (8/10/2017)
  • My thoughts and prayers are with you all in the loss of your loved one. God Bless. ~ Bonnie Fitzgerald 475 N Highland St #7D (8/10/2017)
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. ~ Gene & Audrey Jones Midland (8/10/2017)
  • Our hearts ache for you. Praying that our Lord, Jesus Christ can help you through the days ahead with his unending love. Hugs for all of you. Just unbelievable as I visited with Tom just days ago here at the house. He was quite the guy and will be so missed by his family and friends. We are here if you need anything. ~ George & Shirley Dennis Philip, SD (8/10/2017)
  • Am thinking of all of you in this difficult time. Shared some great laughs with Tom when he gave Mat and I a helping hand. Remember the goods times and may they bring you comfort. ~ Charlie Vollmer (8/10/2017)
  • We are thinking of all you folks, hold onto the memories. What a difficult time for all of you. ~ Les & Joann Pearson Philip, SD (8/9/2017)
  • Remember the good times and always keep them in your hearts. Love and prayers for Tom's family.
    ~ Jim and Vonnie O'Dea Howes, SD (8/9/2017)
  • we are so sorry we really loved Tom he will be missed ~ joann stark and phil stark cottonwood,SD (8/9/2017)