Patrick William O'Reilly

December 15, 1996 - November 2, 2019

Cpl. Patrick William O’Reilly, 22, 0f South Elgin, IL., passed away on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Javon Bea Hospital in Rockford, IL.  Patrick was born on December 15, 1996 in Geneva, IL., the son of Michael and Christine (nee Bywalec) O’Reilly.

Patrick made a dramatic entrance into the world.  He came home December 24, just in time to take his first family picture, which we all know how much he loved having his picture taken.  As he grew, he looked up to and followed his brothers everywhere.  What they could do, he thought he could do, too.  His brothers, Thomas and James, began his military training early in his life.  His sister, Elizabeth helped with this by donating her Barbie dolls for him to make weapons.  He grew up with his siblings and a host of hamsters and the family dogs, Robin and Patch.  His love of animals grew from there to include trying to hatch his own chicks in his closet.

He made lifelong friends at the beginning of his school years and those friendships continue to this day.  During middle school, he began his job at Wayne Kashube’s farm, which he loved, and worked there through his high school years and after his military career. 

He joined the Delayed Entry Program long before he could sign those papers.  He officially joined the Marine Corps in July 2015 after seeing his brother marry his high school sweetheart, Amanda.  During these years he saw places such as Cuba, Japan and many European countries.  He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement award and many more awards.  He became a Corporal while in Japan, while also becoming a first-time uncle to Paisleigh.  He made so many friends while being a Marine; their brotherhood will continue on.

Over his lifetime he made many friends, traveled to many places and touched so many lives, leaving his mark on our hearts.

Patrick is survived by his loving parents, Michael and Christine O’Reilly; his two brothers, Thomas O’Reilly and James (Amanda) O’Reilly; his sister, Elizabeth O’Reilly; his special niece and goddaughter, Paisleigh Poirier; his paternal grandmother, Mary Lee O’Reilly; his maternal grandparents, Robert and Mary Bywalec; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

Visitation will be held from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at Moss-Norris Funeral Home, 100 S. Third Street, St. Charles, IL. 60174.  Funeral service will begin at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, November 8, 2019 with prayers at the funeral home.  A funeral Mass will follow at 10:30 A.M. at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 2900 E. Main Street, St. Charles, IL.  60174.  Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Patrick’s name may be made to Code of Vets,

Guest Book

  • Pam & Scott Vollmer Expressing our deepest sympathies to the O'Reilly family in this time of sorrow. Our memories of Patrick will gleam brightly in our hearts. May God Bless you and bring peace within.
  • Elaine Delves Dear O'Reilly Family, Keep Jesus in your heart always. My deepest sympathies.
  • Darryl and Elly Clark Our hearts go out to the entire O'Reilly family. Patrick will be forever missed. May Jesus watch over him.
  • Uncle Jim and Aunt Linda Dear Patrick, How lucky we were to have someone so wonderful that it makes saying goodbye so hard. You and your family are in our thoughts.
  • Kim Sipple Christine and family, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss of Patrick. My heart hurts for you. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
  • Melissa Carolyn Bywalec & Family - Keeping you in my heart and praying for your Family's strength during this tragic time. May Patrick rest in peace.
  • Richmond Intermediate Our Richmond family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
  • Sherry Wisdom My deepest sympathy for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all
  • Lauren Martin There are no words to express how sorry I am for your loss. I’m so, so sorry. I met Patrick on December 3, 2017 while he was stationed in Virginia. That Christmas before he went home, we stayed up all night making and decorating Christmas cookies and listening to Christmas music. We made so many cookies for him to take back to base and so many oatmeal raisin cookies since they were his favorite. I was so excited to pick him up from the airport when he got back. We always had fun together. The time I spent with Patrick, I will forever cherish and hold close to my heart. He was an amazing soul with a heart of gold. He was a wonderful person. He talked about his family often and how much he loved them. Patrick will forever be missed. You raised a wonderful man. One of my favorite things about Patrick were his love for animals. Every time he came over he would be in the floor playing with my dogs. Truly a gentle, kind soil. My heart goes out to all of you ❤️
  • Shelly and Pat Christine and family, my mother and I are so very sorry to hear of the loss of your son Patrick. Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Peace be with you...
  • Home Depot #6923 Our team is saddened by the tragic loss of one of our beloved associates. Rest in Peace, Patrick. You are missed.
  • Ivan Oraah brother, I never met you but you will forever be my brother
  • Amie Miller Christine and family, my heart aches for you during this very difficult time. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
  • Maggie Ballantyne I only had the chance to know Patrick for the last two years through my boyfriend but what I knew of him, he was a wonderful person who was full of life and genuine care for others. He always took the time to play tag with or spin my boys up on his shoulders, making them laugh uncontrollably. He was a great friend, and I feel very honored to have been able to know him. He will be missed dearly by me and my family. To his loving family, words cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. You had a very special person in Patrick, and I cannot imagine the sorrow you all are feeling during this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all, and I hope you find peace in knowing that he touched so many lives and hearts. He truly was a wonderful soul.
  • Joyce Paliganoff There are no words. I am praying you all feel the love surrounding you, & Christ's peace and presence in these difficult days and those to come.