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William G. "Bill" O'Connor

William G. "Bill" O'Connor, age 69 of Philip, South Dakota, died Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at his home east of Philip.

William G. O'Connor, better known as Bill to his family and friends, was born November 19, 1941, in Pierre, South Dakota, the son of James Francis and Catherine Anna (Murphy) O'Connor. He grew up on a ranch northeast of Philip, graduating from Philip High School.

Bill was united in marriage to Sandra Odom in 1971. They farmed and ranched east of Philip all their married life.

Survivors include his wife Sandra of Philip; one son Marty Burns and his wife Tricia of Philip; three daughters Mitzi Boyd and her husband Bruce of Philip, Sheri Slama and her husband Brooks of Rapid City, and Sharlene Thompson and her husband Nathan of Sioux Falls; thirteen grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers Charles "Chuck" O'Connor and his wife Shirley of Philip, and Jim O'Connor and his wife Phyllis of Cheyenne, Wyoming; one sister Rita Narcisian and her husband Frank of Golden, Colorado; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Bill was preceded in death by a son Michael; his parents; and one sister Paula O'Connor.

At his request, a private interment took place at Masonic Cemetery in Philip, with Father Bryan Sorensen officiating.