Richard T. "Dick" O'Kane, 78, of Le Mars died at home Tuesday, March 9, 2004, surrounded by his family, following a lengthy illness.
Dick was born July 17, 1925, at Sheldon, the son of James and Lucy (Burns) O'Kane. He grew up on a farm near Hospers and graduated from Sheldon High School. He farmed with his father for a few years prior to his marriage to Lucille McCabe on Dec. 27, 1948, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Sheldon. Following their marriage the couple was engaged in farming in South Dakota and Iowa before moving to Le Mars in 1968. After moving to Le Mars, Dick was employed with Wells' Blue Bunny as a semi-truck driver. He was one of Blue Bunny's first over-the-road truck drivers. He was always very proud to work for Wells' Blue Bunny. Dick retired in 1990.
He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, where he had served on the parish council and as a Eucharistic Minister. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Trinity Council #1466 in Le Mars.
Dick was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching spectator sports, especially if his grandchildren were involved. He will be remembered for his keen Irish wit and sense of humor, and his deep commitment to his Catholic Faith.
Survivors include his wife Lucille; six children, Fr. Patrick O'Kane, pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Early and St. Joseph's Church in Schaller, Kathleen Kinney and her husband, Ward, of Council Bluffs, Bridget Banke and her husband, Mark, of Omaha, Neb., Peggy Sitzmann and her husband, Roger, of Le Mars, Mike O'Kane and his wife, Cindy, of Elkhorn, Neb., and Tim O'Kane and his wife Sandy of Omaha, Neb.; 15 grandchildren: Katie and Brigid Konz, Adam, Nick, and Tim Banke, Josh, Cassie, Shannon and Brian Sitzmann, Jacque, Sheena, Angie, and Travis O'Kane, and Will and Cole O'Kane; a brother, John O'Kane and his wife, Dolly, of New Ulm, Minn.; a sister-in-law, Frances O'Kane of Le Mars; and his faithful dog Bailey.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Bob O'Kane and his wife Lois, and Ray O'Kane.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars with his son, the Father Patrick O'Kane celebrating the Mass. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars.
Friends may call anytime after 3 p.m. Friday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars. A rosary will be held at 4 p.m., a Knights of Columbus rosary at 7 p.m. and the Scriptural Wake Service at 7:30 p.m., all at the church on Friday. Visitation will resume at the church from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars.