John Michael O’Rielley

ORIELLEY John obit

John Michael O’Rielley, 64, of Bellefontaine, Ohio passed away Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus.  

He was born in Bellefontaine on Jan. 26, 1953, to the late Freda M. Titus O’Rielley and to Frank D. O’Rielley, who survives in Bellefontaine. He is also survived by his stepmother of 52 years, Carol Hayes O’Rielley; siblings, Chris (Robert) Glessner of Urbana, Don (RoseAnn) O’Rielley of Dover, Mary (Dave) Fuchs of Plano, Texas, Kathleen (Dan) Petno of Stow, Deborah (Alan) Stein of Lebanon,  Hayes (Kindra) O’Rielley of Lewis Center and Erin-Brew O’Rielley of Marysville; several nieces and nephews, Grant and Bradley Glessner, J.J. and Tyler O’Rielley, Ariel and Trevor Fuchs, Courtney and Emma Petno, Isaac and Andrew O’Rielley and Tyler Stein.

John was working as an associate at RTC Industries. He was best known, and often touted, as being the “best paper carrier in town” delivering the Bellefontaine Examiner for 26 years. In 1961, John was one of five students enrolled in the first state mandated school, Hi-Point Day School, in Logan County for children with disabilities

John loved to bowl and had numerous opportunities to bowl at the Special Olympics. He loved The Ohio State Buckeyes, beer, animals, solitaire and WWE Wrestling.

Father Shawn Landenwitch celebrates a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Bellefontaine.  Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Eichholtz Daring & Sanford Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Bellefontaine, and an hour prior to the service at the church. Burial is in Calvary Cemetery, Bellefontaine.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church, 316 E. Patterson Ave., Bellefontaine, OH 43311.

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