August 30, 1933 ~ July 2, 2013
James O'Connor, age 79, of New Hampton, IA, passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at Patty Elwood Center in Cresco, IA. James David O’Connor was born on August 30, 1933 to Dr. Edwin and Cecelia “Dee” (McGuire) O’Connor in New Hampton. He attended grade school in Alta Vista and at St. Mary’s School in New Hampton. While his father served in the US Army, Jim also attended several schools on the West Coast until returning to New Hampton where he was a 1951 graduate of New Hampton High School. Upon graduation, Jim attended the University of Iowa. Once completing his undergraduate degree, Jim enlisted into the US Army. He proudly served his country in the Korean War and received his honorable discharge in 1955. Jim then returned to the University of Iowa to complete his education in law graduating in 1959. He then joined James O’Donohoe in his law firm where he practiced law until his retirement. On April 23, 1960, Jim was united in marriage to Kathryn Hyland in Hastings, MN. The couple made their home and raised their six children in New Hampton. From 1961-1964, Jim served as the Chickasaw County Attorney and was the City of New Hampton’s attorney from 1964-1972. He also served as the New Hampton Chamber of Commerce President and was a long time member; also belonging to the New Hampton Rotary Club where he served a term as President. He was a member of Holy Family Parish – St. Mary’s Center, the New Hampton Jaycees, a 50 year member of the Iowa Bar Association and St. Mary’s Parish council, where he also served a term as president. In 2006, Jim was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He was able to remain at home until January of 2012 when he entered the Patty Elwood Center for Alzheimer’s patients in Cresco, IA. Jim enjoyed traveling, golf, bird watching, fishing, gardening, reading, listening to music and especially spending time with his children and grandchildren. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Kathryn O’Connor of New Hampton; their six children, Pat (Joe) Weigel of Clear Lake, IA, Peg (Dennis) Clinch of Chandler, AZ, Ed (Jean) O’Connor of North Oaks, MN, Ann (Lance) Lasher of Charles City, IA, Kate Hartzler of Roland, IA and Joe (Susan) O’Connor of Savage, MN; their 12 grandchildren, Tyler Weigel, Kristin Weigel, Lauren O'Connor, Megan O'Connor, Abby Lasher, Kali Lasher, Nate Lasher, Zach Hartzler, Derek Hartzler, Ian O'Connor, Colin O'Connor, Ryan O'Connor; his sister, Jane (Don) Grove of Elkader, IA and his brother-in-law, Steve (Sarah) Hyland of St. Paul, MN. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Dee O’Connor; his in-laws, Frank and Alice Hyland and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mickey and Jim O’Connor. Cemetery: Burial will held at a later date at St. Mary's Cemetery in New Hampton. In Lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family. The family will be donating the memorials to charities of their choice. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00pm on Friday, July 5, 2013 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton, Iowa with a scriptural wake service at 6:30pm. Visitation will continue at St. Joseph’s gathering space one hour prior to the funeral mass on Saturday. A Mass of Christian Burial for James will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, July 6, 2013 at Holy Family – St. Joseph’s Center in New Hampton with Msgr. Carl Schmitt celebrating.