COVID-19 Update

As funeral professionals we have been asked by several people in our community how we will continue to serve our families. The families that we serve are always our top priority. We want to assure you that we are staying up to date with the changing information we receive everyday from public health officials and government agencies.

For families that experience the loss of a loved one, Daniel Funeral Home will remain prepared 24/7 to serve your family at your time of loss. We will continue to care for your loved one as usual and will follow the guidance and regulations from the Missouri Department of Health.

Our government officials, both federal and state, have advised that all public gatherings be limited to 10 persons or less in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. We take this pandemic emergency very seriously and are committed to following those recommendations.

We will make every effort to accommodate families in making arrangements and conducting services in any capacity needed to ensure the safety of our community and of our staff while honoring their loved one. We thank you for your patience as we work to safeguard the wellness of everyone who enters our doors.

For the safety of all, until the authorities lift the restrictions, we are implementing the following:

Cremation services will follow the same guidelines as outlined above.

Daniel Funeral Home has been there for our community during difficult times, and we stand ready to help in any way that we can. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Rest assured, we will continue to serve your family with dignity and respect through these uncertain times.


William "Bill" Robert O'Brien Jr., age 62, of Lamar, Missouri passed away August 30, 2019, at Freeman Hospital West after suffering a heart attack.
   Bill was born September 5, 1956 in St. Joseph, MO to William Robert O'Brien Sr. and Verneta Alice (Johnson) O'Brien. Bill graduated from Lamar High School in the class of 1974. On February 14, 2004, he married Karen Lee Wilson in Nevada, MO
   Bill worked at O'Sullivan Industries for over 31 years in edgebanding and finished in the Engineering Office, worked six years at General Mills in Joplin, and most recently in maintenance at the Lamar Wal-Mart. Bill enjoyed fishing and Lamar Tiger Football, but his grandkids brought him the greatest joy.

   Survivors include his wife Karen; a son, William "Billy" Robert O'Brien III, Lamar, MO; two stepsons, David  Sullivan and Andrea, Republic, MO and Brad and Megan Wilson,  Monett, MO; a stepdaughter, Amber Wilson and Tony, Peculiar, MO; one brother, Charlie Mattox, Lamar, MO; and 13 grandchildren.
   Preceding William in death were his parents, William Sr. and Verneta O'Brien; three sisters, Vernell McPheater, Linda Bundy, and Jeannie Workman; and a granddaughter, Olivia Didway.
   Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 5, 2019 at Daniel Funeral Home.

   The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.  

   Contributions are suggested and made payable to Donate Life America in care of Daniel Funeral Home.



#9 SpringfieldBuster & Shannon Cru 2019-09-05 18:50
Karen and family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Bill. He was such a great guy to joke around with and talk to. I always enjoyed working with him and whenever we ran into each other to just visit. I pray that you will find peace and we are praying for you.
#8 Greenfield, MO.Edie Boucher 2019-09-05 01:33
Karen, I wanted you to know I'm thinking of you and the rest of the family.
#7 Lamar, MOCarolyn Gastel 2019-09-04 16:09
So sorry for your loss. An unexpected loss is very hard, and I pray that God will be with you and your family to help you through these next days.
#6 Lockwood,, Mo.Eldon Harrison, JR. 2019-09-04 01:55
May it bring you peace and comfort to know that at this time of sorrow, God is there with you. With sincere sympathy...We have you in our prayers. I worked with Bill at O'Sullivans for many years.Eldon
#5 Springfield, Mo.Carolyn Lakey 2019-09-04 01:29
So sad to hear of Bill's passing. The last time I saw him was @ my dad's funeral. He was saying that the family should get together more, instead of just @ funerals. Sorry that we didn't get that chance. Prayers to all of you.
#4 Lamar, MORyan and Kati Cooper 2019-09-03 16:44
Karen and family, we are so sorry for your loss. We will be keeping you in our prayers.
#3 Lamar MOSteve, Sarabelle DeW 2019-09-03 12:40
So sorry for your loss. This was so unexpected that it didn’t seem like he was gone, but only a bad dream. However, it was real and we hope for peace for all of his loved ones.
#2 Taunton, MADebbie Colcord 2019-09-02 19:33
Such sad news ! Praying for you all

Maybe my dad is fishing with Uncle Bill and Billy. I’ll miss all his Facebook posts !!
#1 Lamar, MOKent Harris 2019-09-02 19:07
Very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Have known Bill for many years and even were tennis competitors years ago when Lamar had a "Men's Tennis League".
We are never promised a "Tomorrow" and so I would pray that all the family and friends of Bill would take a moment and reflect on their lives to be sure they know where they are going after this very short life is lived here. If they are not sure, ask one of the ministers in the local Ministerial Alliance. They can help.
Eternity is a long time and I sure want to spend it with my LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. John 14:6 says it all.
Again, my condolences to Bill's family.

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