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MIchael O'Conner

MIchael O’Conner

Mr. Michael E. O’Connor, of Kent City, age 74, went home to his Lord and Savior on Friday, February 26, 2016. He was born on August 20, 1941; and born again on July 24, 1972. Michael was a graduate of Berlin High School in Marne. He worked at the GM plant on Alpine Avenue as a trim checker for 34 years, and was a member of Local #1231. Michael attended Maranatha Baptist Church, and also served as a cook at Lincoln Lake Baptist Camp. His culinary skills were enjoyed by the family, especially at Thanksgiving time. Surviving are his wife, June (VeltKamp); his children, Kris Kline, Karen (Jeremy) Harris, Melody (Randy) Parker, Kathy “Kate” Welsh, Sonya Veltkamp, Jeff Welsh, Tim (Erika) Welsh, Mandy (Stephen) Richardson; 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; his twin brother, Patrick O’Connor and his friend Margie; brother, John O’Connor; his sister, Roseanne Lynch; a brother-in-law, Fred Weston; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Jason Alan; his parents, Michael and Rose; a brother, Daniel; a sister, Mary; a brother-in-law, Jack Lynch; and his church mother, Dorcas Hammer Jensen. A time of visitation with the family from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. was held on Sunday, February 28, 2016 at the Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe St., Rockford, MI 49341. The funeral service for Michael was held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 29, 2016 at the Pederson Funeral Home, with Pastor Scott Sloan Officiating. Interment will be at Chubbuck Cemetery, Kent City, Michigan. Those desiring an expression of sympathy may consider Maranatha Baptist Church, 12786 Algoma Avenue NE, Cedar Springs, MI 49319.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford


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