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.
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