Patrick “Pat” Jay O’Hara passed away April 21, 2021 after a lengthy illness due to complications of COVID. Pat was born to the late William and Kathryn O’Hara on Jan. 27, 1954, in Wabash. He was a graduate of North Manchester High School, class of 1972. He wass preceded in death by his brother, Scott O’Hara and sister, Joy Young.
After winning the battle with Idiopathic Hypertrophic Subaortic Stenosis, Pat received Indiana’s first total artificial heart on June 26, 2013, followed by receiving the gift of life with his first heart transplant five months later. His new lease on life allowed him to enjoy extended time with his dearly loved children, grandchildren, fiancé and extended family and friends, while continuing to enjoy his love of so many hobbies including frequent stops for visits with others on a whim. Seven years later, Pat received another gift of life with his second heart transplant in June 2020.
Pat thoroughly enjoyed fishing, traveling, coffee at The Eagles, solitaire, woodworking, classic cars and working on cars. He was a member of Liberty Mills Church of the Brethren. Pat also worked throughout the years at WJ Carey Construction, Montel Body Shop, Lake City Wholesale, and Snep Sign Co.
Pat will be sadly missed by his fiancé, Carla Seibold, Wabash; daughters, Kelly (Kenny) Miller, Silver Lake; and Allison O’Hara, Columbia City; sons, Jason (Betty) O’Hara, Warsaw; Ryan (Sarah) O’Hara, North Manchester; Logan O’Hara and Jordan O’Hara, South Whitley; brother, Danny (Loni) O’Hara, Claypool; sister, MaryAnn (Jack) Bever, Lagro; sister-in-law, Becky (Paul) Steele, North Manchester; and brother-in-law, Mark Young, Mentone.
His beloved grandchildren and great-grandchild: Veronica Caudill, St. Louis, Mo.; Nicholas Caudill, Silver Lake; Kerry Miller, Silver Lake; Grace and Joel O’Hara, North Manchester; Owen Payne, Columbia City; Aymia Miller, Silver Lake; Jacquelyn Miller, Virginia Beach, Va.; Beau Miller, Goshen; Jason Miller, Silver Lake; and great grandson, Maxwell Dierks, North Manchester. In addition, many beloved nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, April 26, at McDonald Funeral Homes, 231 Falls Avenue, Wabash, Indiana 46992 with Pastor Kelly Beutler officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in North Manchester with Pastor Erin Huiras officiating.
Visitation for family and friends will be from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, April 25, at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials to American Heart Association, www.heart.org/HEARTORG and IU Health Methodist Foundation, www.iuhealthfoundation.org/donate/iu-health-methodist-hospital.