Richard C. O’Holleran
January 8, 1931 – March 29, 2023
Richard ”Dick” O’Holleran was born January 8, 1931 in New Hampton, Iowa to Jack and Louise
O’Holleran. He had two sisters: Mary Jane Duignan and Kay Louise Boyd.
Dick graduated from high school and joined the Air Force. He served as a First Lieutenant in Europe. After
he returned home with an honorable discharge, he attended and graduated from the University of St.
Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.
In 1952, with his parents, Dick opened O’Holleran’s Steakhouse. He was most often found “keeping the
bar” and greeting his friends and customers with his wonderful laugh and warm nature.
Dick was a lifelong member of the Brookings Elks Lodge.
Dick was married to the love of his life in 1987. He and Mary shared many wonderful years together
traveling and spoiling their dogs Candy and Ebony – big Labradors who often chose to sit on Dick’s lap
thinking they were smaller than they truly were. Dick sold O’Holleran’s Restaurant in 2007 when he
retired. He had many fond and funny memories of his longtime employees and customers. More than
once he was told he should have written a book about them. What a story that would have made!
Richard O’Holleran was a true gentleman. The most kind, loving and generous man any of us who knew
him could find. He was the kind of man any human “could strive to grow up to be like.” We will miss your
laughter, your love, our Dad, Grandpa, Great Grandpa and friend.
Burial arrangements are through Redwood Memorial Chapel. An informal Celebration of Life will be held at 4 pm on Saturday, May 7, 2023, at Brookings Elks Lodge, 800 Elk Drive, Brookings, Oregon. A Rosary will be recited at 12:30 p.m. and a Memorial Mass celebrated at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 820 Old County Road, Brookings. Donations may be made to South Coast Humane Society, P.O. Box 7833, Brookings, OR 97415 in Dick’s memory if desired.