The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


August 17, 2013

Arline Dunn O'Connor

Arline Dunn O’Connor

Jan. 25, 1936 - Aug. 16, 2013

OSAGE BEACH, M. — Arline Dunn O’Connor, 77, died suddenly Friday in her home in Osage Beach, MO with heart problems.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Harper Chapel United Methodist Church, Osage Beach, MO. Hedges-Scott Funeral Home, Osage Beach, is assisting the family. Her body was donated to the Midwest Organ Doners Assn..

Arline was born January 25, 1936 in Wheatland, Iowa to Gladys and Melvin Dunn. Following the death of her mother in 1938, she was raised by her cousins Martha and Alfred Kallenbach. The family moved to Clinton, Iowa, when she was six years old. She had many summer visits with her dad and brother, Gene, on the farm and later included her two stepsisters.

Her new siblings consisted of four sisters and one brother. She attended Clinton schools, graduating from Clinton High School in 1953. Following graduation, she was employed in the office of Interstate Power Co in Clinton.

Arline married David O’Connor on Sept. 1, 1955 at the First United Methodist Church. They moved to Ames where twin sons, Steven and Brent, were born.

Following several moves due to employment, the family settled in Grinnell, Iowa.

During her life there, she was active in the Methodist church and worked at Stewart Library and Iowa Southern Utilities Co. She was active in Grinnell General Hospital Auxiliary, United Methodist Women and helped with Special Olympics at Ames for a number of years.

The couple retired to Osage Beach, MO in 2000. She was active in United Methodist Women at Harper Chapel United Methodist Church and sang with the choir. She loved her family, her home and her many friends, some going back as far as grade school days.

She especially loved raising her sons and the great times shared with her four grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Arline was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Gene, and cousins Martha and Alfred Kallenbach and siblings Velda Kroeger, Vivian Cargil and Dolores Elleson.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, David, her sons Steven (Kathy) and Brent (Nancy); grandchildren: Shawn, Joshua, Andrea, Danny and great granddaughter Sydney; siblings Gerald (Claire), Dorthy Lichtenstein, Janice’s husband Richard Wilson and Lou Ann (Bob) Reyes.

Death date: Aug. 16, 2013

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