Michael Ryan O’Connor
August 22, 1949 ~ August 22, 2013
Born in Southern California to Merlin and Gloria O’Connor (Brohamer). He was the oldest of four children and loved the ocean. He grew up snorkeling, spearfishing, surfing and motorcycle desert racing. After high school, he worked as a machinist and ocean lifeguard to pay for his hobbies. As a young adult, he moved to Northern California with part of his family to venture into gold mining, but found logging to be a more consistent paycheck. From cable yarding, to helicopter logging, Michael spent the majority of his adult years working in some aspect of the business. Later on, he found he had a talent for stone masonry and many of his projects are still being enjoyed by families in the upper valley. To put food on the table, he also did construction work and heavy equipment operation, including a number of years doing snow removal at the local ski area. Michael lived in the Lake Wenatchee area since 1980. Because of his love of the water, free time was spent on and in the lakes and rivers of the area. He loved spending time with his family, sailing their Hobie Cat, flying kites and playing horseshoes.
He is survived by his brother, Patrick; his two sisters, Elizabeth and Sharon; his loving wife and partner of 37 years, Stefani; his daughter, Peyton; his oldest son, Sean; his son, Aaron, who Michael was excited to see is expecting his own son this fall; his daughter, Meaghan; and granddaughter, Katie Jane, who he cherished. He was privileged to have a large extended family, including many nieces and nephews.
Michael passed away enjoying the comfort of home, after spending the day celebrating his 64th birthday with his family.
May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face. The rains fall softly upon your fields. And may you have passed through the pearly gates a half hour before the devil knew you were dead.
Friends and family are invited to bring memories to the family home on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. for a potluck and kite flight in honor of Michael. Arrangements assisted by Ward’s Funeral Chapel of Leavenworth.