John Lee O'Reilly Sr.

November 5, 1934November 10, 2020

John Lee O'Reilly, Sr., 86, fortified with Sacraments of the Holy Mother Church peacefully on November 10, 2020. Beloved husband of Shirley O’Reilly (nee Young) and the late Elizabeth “Betty” (nee Krol) O’Reilly. Loving father of Mary Beth (Mark) Vickery and John Jr. (Lesley) O’Reilly. Dear grandfather to Sarah, Sean and A.D. Vickery, Jack O’Reilly, and brother of Joan (the late Tom) Perrone, and friend to many. John was the son of late John H. and Frances O’Reilly (Hurley), both immigrants from Ireland. He was born in Manhattan, NY, on November 5, 1934 and raised in Passaic, NJ. He graduated from St. Peter’s Prep and St. Peter’s College where he earned a degree in Chemistry. John met his first wife Betty in Nutley, NJ, where they married in 1963 and moved to St. Louis for a job at McDonnell Douglas. John spent his 30+ year career at McDonnell, working on the Gemini Space Program, F-15 and F-18 programs. John received his MBA at St. Louis University and was and avid Billikens fan for the rest of his life. He was a member of Incarnate Word Parish since 1965 and an inspirational father and provider who loved coaching sports with his children, driving cross-country on annual family vacations, photographing nature, collecting stamps and playing bridge. After losing Betty in 1986, John met Shirley through Incarnate Word’s singles group and were married in 1995. John and Shirley spent 25+ wonderful years together traveling the world, spending time with dear friends, visiting grandchildren and gardening. SERVICES: Funeral Mass 10am, Monday, November 16, 2020 at Incarnate Word Catholic Church, 13416 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield, MO 63017.

The Mass will also be livestreamed by the church at

Private Interment Resurrection Cemetery, followed by a private family gathering. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions preferred to Incarnate Word Parish.



  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, November 16, 2020

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Rick and Peggy McCombs

November 13, 2020

Mary Beth and Family, Your dad sounds like a gem. Thinking of you and praying for you and yours. I like to think that he’s just meeting my sweet mom, who passed recently, and they will be fast friends! We are blessed to have had great parents❤️

Rick, Peggy, Katie, Matt McCombs

Lynn and Shawn Hire

November 13, 2020

Mary Beth and Family,

Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending lots of love your way.
Shawn and Lynn Hire

Chris Doehring II

November 13, 2020

My condolences to John and all of his family.
Mr. O'Reilly was one of my first baseball coaches at Incarnate Word. I remember John Jr was our pitcher and we might have been the last age group to wear the heavy wool uniforms. Mr. O'Reilly was all business and to young boys, the blue print to what it meant to be a man. At DeSmet, he always took the time at wrestling matches to say hi and to tell you how you did wrestling. I always looked forward to seeing him. He was one of those guys who influenced you from the perimeter of your life as he did me. I'm glad to know he lived a long and I hope happy life with his family.

My condolences again,



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