Born on March 17, 1927 in Unionville, Mr. O’Brien was a World War II Navy veteran, serving on the USS Frank E. Evans until his honorable discharge in 1946.
He received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Murray State University and later received a master’s degree in music, having attended graduate school in St. Louis and New York City.
He taught music for 42 years both in California and Missouri, having spent his final 25 years at Mineral Area College teaching instrumental as well as jazz vocal music.
Mr. O’Brien served as mayor of Farmington from 1989 to 1993 also served on the police personnel board as well as the Farmington City Council.
He received the Cultural Recognition Award from the Mineral Area Council on the Arts and was a Parkland Hospital Auxiliary Volunteer.
He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Farmington.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Patricia; his children, Kathryn “Kate” O’Brien and Pat Gouzien of St. Louis, Michael Brent O’Brien and wife Christyn of Meriden, Conn. and Sally Sullivan-Shinn and husband Gregory of Farmington; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel Anthony and June Kickasola O’Brien.
Funeral service was held Thursday at Cozean Memorial Chapel in Farmington with Dr. Van Lees officiating.
Burial followed with military honors at Hillview Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or to St. Paul Lutheran School.