William “Bill” Robert O’Brien Sr., age 85,
of Lamar, Missouri passed Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at Joplin Health & Rehab
Bill was born January 2, 1932 in St.
Joseph, Missouri to William Francis and Edna Mae (Potter) O’Brien. In 1949, he graduated Central High School in
St. Joseph. He served his country in the
United States Marine Corps and on April 10, 1954, he married Vernetta “Vern” Johnson
and she passed July 28, 2013. He was a
member of Bethel Foursquare Church in St. Joseph. He enjoyed fishing and horseshoes, and was an
avid fan of the Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Cardinals, and was a member of
the Elks Lodge and Eagles.
Bill leaves behind two sons, Bill O’Brien
Jr. and his wife Karen and Charles Mattox, all of Lamar, Missouri; seven
grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.
In addition to his wife Vern, he was
preceded in death by three daughters, Vernelle McPheater, Linda Bundy and
Jeannine Workman; his parents, one brother, Edwin O’Brien and one sister Evelyn
Funeral service will be 10:00 am Friday,
May 5, 2017 at Daniel Funeral Home with George Haag officiating. Burial will follow at Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Thursday evening May 4, 2017.
Contributions are suggested to American
Heart Association in care of Daniel Funeral Home.
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