The Curry Coastal Pilot

John O. Geraghty, 65, passed away at his home in Brookings on Aug. 15, 2013.

John was born Dec. 1, 1947, in North Bend, to Richard "Dick" and Gladys (Rotto) Geraghty.

He grew up in Reedsport until the family moved to Brookings in 1961. John graduated from Brookings Harbor High School in 1966, then attended Southern Oregon University for one term before entering the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He served for nearly three years including 19 months in Vietnam before being honorably discharged.

John married Marsha Lyons on Sept. 24, 1972, in Seaside; the couple moved to Brookings six months later.

John and Marsha owned and operated the 101 Tavern in Harbor for 25 years until retiring in 2010. They also owned Ken's Tavern in Brookings for seven years. John enjoyed camping, walking at the Port, spending time at their cabin on the Rogue River, fishing and reading.

He served for six years on the Brookings City Council, was a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, a 40-year member of the Brookings Elks Lodge and president, co-founder and lobbyist for the Video Lottery Retailers of Oregon. John was tireless in his efforts to bring lottery dollars back to the counties of their origin.

Survivors include Marsha Geraghty, his wife of 40 years, of Brookings; daughter Olivia Geraghty of Wilsonville; son Warren Geraghty of Brookings; brothers Rick Geraghty of Brookings and Bob Barton of Grants Pass; sister Barbara Clayton of Westin; numerous nieces and nephews.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family.

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Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.