John F. O'Meara

January 20, 1936 ~ December 30, 2020 (age 84)


John F. O'Meara 84 of Brookdale Assisted living in Urbana passed away at 11:15 A.M. Wednesday December 30, 2020.

 John was the son of John J. and Gladis M. (McMaster) O'Meara. He was born January 20, 1936 in Minot, ND. In his younger  school days John worked in his parents grocery store when they lived in Minnesota and Montana. At the age of 21 he joined the U.S. Army for a two year tour. He was stationed in Europe. After returning home from the service, he got a job with Burlington Northern railway in Montana. In 1976 he married Rita Jo Hubbartt of Champaign. they moved to Bozeman, Montana where he continued to work for the Burlington Northern until he retired in 2001. In 2016 John and Rita Jo moved back to Urbana because of health issues and wanting to be near family.

 Surviving John is his wife Rita Jo O'Meara of Urbana. His sister Sharon (Jack) Tait of Denver, CO. Five loving and cherished nieces and nephews from Colorado and Ohio.

 John and Rita loved Montana where they enjoyed fishing, hunting, along with attending Montana State Football games in Bozeman. They also enjoyed flowers and vegetable gardening and the short drive to Yellowstone National Park. John will certainly be missed by those who knew him.

  John's wish was to be cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

 Freese Funeral Home 302 E. Grand Ave. St. joseph is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

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