|Published in Pilot Tribune on 24 April 1978|
ROBERT O'HANLON DIES AT THE AGE OF 61
Robert O'Hanlon, 61-year old Blair man died late Thursday, April 20th at the Blair Hospital. He was the victim of cancer.
The deceased was born October 9th, 1916 in Blair to Mr. & Mrs. Reed O'Hanlon, Sr. He grew to manhood in Blair, attended Dana College two years and received a college degree at Creighton University in Omaha
In 1939 he married Rita Foley. She died in 1945 while Mr. O'Hanlon was in the military service. Two children were born to this union.
In 1947 he was married to Janet Foley who survives his death.
Bob was an overseas veteran of World War II, having served in the China-Burma-India theatre with the Airforce Intelligence.
Following his release from military duties he spent 25 years in the meat packing industry, starting with Swift and Company in Omaha & Chicago. He was Vice President for B. Schwartz and Company of Chicago where he was in charge of the Import-Export branch. He also served as general sales mamager.
In 1960 he was elected President of Cheller Frozen Foods and Global Meat Corporation, both of Chicago.
In 1970 he returned to Omaha to become President of Hines Packing Company and Mass Feeders, Inc. which was a catering company.
Stricken with cancer in 1974, Mr. O'Hanlon retired on disability.
He is survived by his wife, Janet and by eight children, Robert Jr. of Hunsdale, Ill., Richard of Lexington, Nebr., Daniel of Washington, D.C., Maureen of New York City, William, Suzanne and Terrence, of Phoenix, Arizona, and Paul who is at home. There are three grandchildren.
Mr. O'Hanlon is also survived by his mother, Ruth K. (Mrs. Reed O'Hanlon, Sr.,), a sister, Mrs. C.W. (Ruth Ann) Samson and one brother, Clark O'Hanlon.
He was a member of the American Legion, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, F.O.E., Catholic Men's Club, Blair Golf Club, and was a retired member of the Blair Fire Department. At the time of his death he was a member of the Republican State Central Committee.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 24th at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church. Rosary had been held at the Campbell Funeral Home.
Burial was made in Holy Cross Cemetery at Blair and nephews were pallbearers.
Obituary courtesy of the Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings on file at the Blair Public Library.