THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Vince O'Connor, 32, of Antigo, passed away as a result of an automobile accident Monday, Dec. 16.
Born on May 17, 1981 in Milwaukee, the son of Patrick (Debbie) O'Connor of Green Bay and Judith (Brad) Bruckner of Richland Center, he married Carrie Van Ooyen on Aug. 16, 2003 in Green Bay.
A graduate of Gillett High School, he was employed at Performance Welding in Little Chute until March of 2013 when he moved to Antigo and became a personal trainer at Anytime Fitness. In October of this year he started as a floor hand for Nabors Drilling in North Dakota. A member of Wisconsin Strongman, he participated in North American Strongman (AS) Competitions and qualified nationally in 2011. He enjoyed music and playing the guitar.
In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by children, Abbie and Gavin; mother-in-law, Darlene Van Ooyen, of Antigo; three sisters, Colleen (Ben) Froelich, of Shawano, Patricia O'Connor, of Appleton and Shaunette O'Connor, of Sheboygan; three brothers, Charles O'Connor, of Washington, James O'Connor, of Green Bay and Eric O'Connor, of Fond du Lac; two brothers-in-law, Brian (Angie) Van Ooyen and Michael (Ashley) Van Ooyen, both of DeForest; two nephews; a niece and his maternal grandmother, Agnes (Canning) McAllen, of Mountain.
He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, James Van Ooyen; paternal grandparents, William and Carol O'Connor and maternal grandfather, Charles McAllen.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 19 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bradley Funeral Home in Antigo. Visitation will continue at the funeral home on Friday, Dec. 20 from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Rev. Charles Hoffmann will officiate with burial will in Elmwood Cemetery.