Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Edward O’Mara III

February 15, 1943 ‒ November 03, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Edward O’Mara III, Air National Guard, retired, died unexpectedly on November 3, 2015 in Mansfield at the age of 72.

Dan was born on February 15, 1943 in Waltham, MA to Daniel and Helena O’Mara. He graduated from Waltham High School in 1961 and earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in physical education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1965. He joined the United States Air Force and, in 1966, graduated from pilot training at Craig Air Force Base in Selma, AL.  He flew F-4’s at Homestead AFB in Miami, FL, KC-135’s at Wurtsmith AFB in MI, and finally C-130’s out of Naha Air Base in Okinawa.  While stationed at Okinawa, he met Carol MacDonald, who was an elementary teacher working for the Department of Defense; they married in 1970.  They were then stationed at   Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, AK, where Dan flew C-130’s for the Alaskan Air Command and acted as an instructor pilot. Dan and Carol had 2 daughters before being relocated to his last active duty assignment at Pope Air Force Base in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  Upon leaving the Air Force, Dan joined the164th Airlift Squadron of the 179th Airlift Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard in Mansfield, Ohio, where he retired after 22 years of service.  Throughout his military career, Dan received many outstanding honors, including the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal (awarded three times), and the Air Force Commendation Medal. He was also a member of the Order of Daedalians, a professional and fraternal order of American military pilots.  His military career included 8,832.9 hours of flying with 8,175.8 of those hours being in the C-130.

Dan was an avid skier, volunteering on the Ski Patrol at Snow Trails Ski Resort in Mansfield for 31 years and imparting his love of the sport to his 2 daughters, taking them on ski trips during several spring break vacations. Dan also golfed weekly, refusing to use a cart unless the league he was playing in required it. He grew his own salsa garden, canning 2 dozen quarts of salsa every fall, and collected sugar maple sap with friends every March to boil down to make maple syrup. An accomplished pilot, he was the oldest and longest member of the Aircraft Club at Mansfield Lahm Airport where he spent countless hours flying and helping to keep their Cessna 172 in top shape.  Dan enjoyed sharing a beer with friends and commenting on the ridiculousness of our society. He was a frequent soap box occupant who shared his views with anyone who asked. His witty remarks and laughter will be missed by all who knew him.

He was a communicant of Resurrection Parish in Lexington, Ohio where he was a frequent liturgist.

Dan is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Carol; children, Erin (Mark) Johnson, of Paris, Ontario Canada; and Kelly (Mark) Hadacek of Port Washington, WI; grandchildren Molly, Samantha, and Violet Johnson and Nicholas, Caroline and Elliot Hadacek. He is also survived by brothers Paul of Wayland, MA; Bill (Martha) of Waltham, MA; Jim of Onset, MA; sister Judy (Delores) of Brockton, MA; sister and brother-in-law Penny and Joe Griffin of Ann Arbor, MI; and various nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents Dan was preceded in death by his sister-in-law Eileen O’Mara.

A funeral mass will be offered Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. in Resurrection Parish, 2600 Lexington Avenue, where his family will receive friends the hour prior from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  The Very Rev. Father Nelson Beaver will officiate.  Military honors will be performed by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail.

The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve Daniel’s family.  Memorial contributions to Resurrection Parish may be made through the funeral home.

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  • Mrs. O’Mara, Kelly, Erin and family,

    My sincerest condolences to you at this time. Your hearts may be heavy but your memories grand. Hugs!

    Love, Linda

  • So sorry to hear about your loss. I remember your dad as always smiling. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • So sorry to hear about your loss. Our sincere condolences and many prayers during this difficult time.

  • My sincere condolences to the O’Mara Family.

    Dan was a great pilot, leader and crew member. He was respected by all and helped everyone. His good nature and positive attitude was recognized by all who knew him.

    May he rest in peace.

  • Carol and Erin and Kelly and Family,

    So very sorry to hear about Dan’s passing. He was a great neighbor, but more importantly a super husband and father….and a super duper grandpa. We are blessed that Dan and the entire family have been part of our lives. Raising our family on Dirlan Ln was very special.

  • Special Memory……

    I remember many a time after a big snow storm that Dan and I would be out in the street snowblowing with our Airens snow machines. The city usually never got to our street u til about the third day so we did our part. We also pushed many a car together up the initial hill once you turned into the street. Harlin Strong was out there in the street with his plow too.

    I also remember how Dan felt sorry for Barbara trying to cut my grass when I was in rehab after my ladder fall. Dan took care of cutting the grass that entire summer until I returned.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. When I think of Mr. O’Mara, the first thing that comes to mind is that huge smile. And his laugh. Your home was always filled with such wonderful laughter. You are all in my thought and prayers.


  • Erin, Kelly & Mrs. O’Mara,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. I cannot think of a funnier or more genuine dad in the world. Much love to you.

  • Erin, Kelly, Mrs. O’Mara and families,
    You are in our thoughts and our prayers now and always!

  • What a wonderful time we all had on Dirlam Lane With Dan and Carol as the kindest neighbors. Our friendship grew and over the years we still have love in our hearts that we were blessed to know Dan, a man of love for family and friends.

    Carol please know our hearts go out to you, Erin and kelly and families at this time of loss.
    Love Spencer and Dottie (Henson) Beebe

  • We are sorry for your loss. We hope all the memories will help to carry you through this difficult time.

    Prayers are wiith you all.

    Sandy and Downs

  • My condolences to the O’Mara family.

    Dan was a very well respected officer and pilot. I still recall vividly many of the lessons he taught me at the 179th.

    He will be missed for his sense of humor and professionalism on the job.

    Rest in Peace Dan.

    Phil and Lori Wojnarowski

  • Dear Carol,
    You and your family are in my prayers; my heartfelt condolences to all of you. Be assured God’s loving presence is with you as you travel through your grieving days. Marian Blahnik

  • Mrs. O, Erin & Kelly,
    I have so many fond memories spent over at your house. There was always so much laughter! Hugs to all of you, and my thoughts and prayers go with you as well.

  • Dear Carol, Erin, Kelly and Family

    We can’t believe that Dan, a man so full of life, is now in heaven. We know that he’s told the angels to grab a beer and sit down ’cause he’s got a story to tell! We will miss him more than words can say. Your loss is ours too.
    Sending love and deepest sympathy,
    Jane and Peter Mielniczek

  • Dear Carol and family,
    Our deepest condolences. May the thoughts and prayers of family and friends and the many memories of a life well and fully lived give you comfort and peace.
    Love, Ken and Sherry

  • dear Carol and family- Marilyn called and told me of your loss- I am so sorry .I REMEMBER A LOT OF GOOD TIMES ON DIRLAM lANE YOU FOLKS WERE THE BEST NEIGHBORS ANY ONE COULD EVER ASK FOR. rUTH hUBBELL

  • I’m sorry for your loss.
    Dan was a great guy and pilot. I remember him dancing and singing on crew bus in Germany at 4am, Old Tyme Rock and Roll. He was always able to lift everyone’s spirits.

  • I am very saddened by the passing of a man I held in very high regard. LtCol O’Mara and I spent eleven years together in the Safety Office at the 179th Airlift Wing. His mentoring was instrumental in allowing me to further my career. I always enjoyed his stories and sense of humor. LtCol O’Mara’s commitment to task, looking out for others, and dedication to family were traits that I strove to emulate. He will be sadly missed.
    My condolences to Carol, Erin, Kelly and Family.

  • Mrs. O’Mara, Erin and Kelly,
    I am so sorry to hear this news. You are all in my thoughts. I will always associate your family with laughter and joy! My deepest sympathy goes out to you.

  • Carol, Erin, Kelly and family

    I was shocked to hear of Dan’s passing My memories will always be of a man busy living his life and always willing to share a story or opinion or lend a hand. He helped me set up luminaries on Christmas Eve on Dirlam lane and I will never forget.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the coming days

    Love Marilyn

  • To Dans family, There are many great memories of Dan, but I remember all the times on ski patrol Dan would be there to ski or help with hut clean up or cook brats or do what ever he could for the patrol. There would be times when it would be raining and he would be out there in his green rubber suit with his black rubber gloves patrolling the hills all by himself with no other skiers on the hill. He would come in dripping wet and we would ask why he was out there, and he would say that is what we are supposed to do. And then he would peal off his rubber suit and make himself some hot tea and tell us a great joke. That was Dan !

  • I was out of town and just learned of Dan’s passing. Dan was a great pilot and leader. I always enjoyed the times I had as a crew member with Dan.

  • Dear Carol, Erin, Kelly and family.
    We were so sorry too hear of Dan’s death. He was such a vital person. One of my favorite memories of him was the summer he spent at our beach house while life guarding for Wareham. It was the rainiest summer I ever remember and he had to sit at the beach anyway. Well, he had a guitar, and he knew lots of songs…so mother’s sent their children to the beach even in the rain to be entertained by Dan. The mother’s all loved him! He will be missed by all of us. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Much love,
    Kathy, Doug,
    and the girls

  • Dear Carol, Erin, Kelly and Family,
    We are deeply saddened to hear about Danny’s death. He was always so full of life and laughter. We always had a great time with Danny, especially the summers he stayed with us in Onset, lifeguarding at the main beach on the 2nd lifeguard stand. Rainy days meant his guitar came out and singing began. He had quite the following! His laugh caused the room to crack up. He was always full of fun. His love for you all is everlasting. Carol, you are his soul mate and the love of his life. He will always be with you. His death will not change that. Danny touched everyone he met with his wit, intelligence and soapbox! He left his imprint on everyone’s heart. He will always be remembered with a smile and love. God bless you all. Blessed be. We love you all,
    Cousin Susan and Bill Fosdick