Dennis Richard O’Hara, 73, of Cleveland, Texas, formerly of Erie, Pennsylvania lost his lengthy battle with cancer on September 19, 2019.
Dennis was born February 7, 1946 to the late Richard O’Hara and Jean (Felix) O’Hara of Erie. He graduated Cathedral Preparatory High School in 1964 and the Western Pennsylvania Operating Engineers apprenticeship program in 1973. In 1982 he moved to Texas where he worked for, among other places, Waste Management and Valero Houston Refinery. He retired from Valero after 19 years of faithful service.
Besides fishing, hunting and his love of cooking, Dennis was a cowboy at heart and could spin the yarn of a tail with the best of them, embellishments were expected. Through good years or bad he faithfully watched his favorite baseball team, the Houston Astros.
He is survived by his sister Patricia Boucher of Erie; son Christopher O’Hara and wife Tina (Jarrett) O’Hara of Plantersville, Texas; daughter Dawn (O’Hara) Cardoza and husband Thomas Cardoza of Cleveland, Texas; husband-in-law Joe Kuykendall and ex-wife Kathleen (Wasiela) Kuykendall of Cleveland, Texas; Granddaughter Amanda (O’Hara) Murphy and husband David of George West, Texas; Grandson Timothy Cardozo and wife Jacqueline (Leggett) Cardozo of Cleveland, Texas; Granddaughter Kayla (Fish) Latham and husband Bryan Latham of Somerville, Texas; Granddaughter Megan (Cardozo) Bullinger and husband Jesse Bullinger of Conroe, Texas; Grandson Cody Fish and fiancé Lauren Pugh of Plantersville, Texas; 10 great-grandchildren and his faithful companion Molly.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to the PTSD Foundation of America, Camp Hope at PTSDUSA.org in Dennis’ name. Donations can be made by going to PTSDUSA.org, select “Give Help” from the top menu bar; select “One Time Donation”; enter the donation amount, name and any notes; then select Camp Hope from the Chapter drop down menu.
A celebration of life gathering will be held at Dennis’ home at 751 Lilley Gilbert Road, Cleveland, Texas on October 5, 2019 starting at noon.
PTSD Foundation of America
9724 Derrington Rd, Houston TX 77064