Leon B. O’Brien, 100, passed away Saturday (Nov. 24, 2018) at Rosewood Care Center in Joliet.
A resident of the Plainfield area for 60 years, he was born Feb. 2, 1918, on a farm at Reddick.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John “Harry” and Clara E. (nee Bertrand) O’Brien; and a sister, Mary Rose Paquette, R.N.
Surviving are his wife of 77 years, Velma (nee Hunt) O’Brien. They both reached the 100-year milestone.
They are parents of three children, Paula (Charles) Tutt, of Wheatland, Wyo.; Richard (Carol) O’Brien, of Oswego, and John Dean O’Brien, of Greely, Colo.; nine grandchildren, Angela (Gordon) Callaway, Stephanie (Doug) Van Dyke and Elizabeth (Robert) Locricchio, of the Denver area, Kevin (Loretta) O’Brien, of Illinois, Eric (Julie) O’Brien, of Michigan, Lisa O’Brien, of Kabalie, Uganda, Mark (Rachel) O’Brien, of Minnesota, Elyse (Andrew) Ritche, of Colorado, and Alexandra O’Brien, of Texas; 16 great-grandchildren, Jessica Agnew, Lindsay, Logan and Joseph Callaway, Jacob, Abigail, Mathew and Arabella Van Dyke, Cameron and Kyle Locricchio, Connor, Nathan, Sierra, Jonathan and McKenzie-Rae O’Brien and Adelade Ritche; and one great-great-grandchild, Ella Agnew.
Leon was in the Class of 1936 at Reddick High School. He farmed near Reddick and worked at the IHC Dealer in Wilmington.
He became a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in North Africa and Italy. He returned to work at IHC Dealer as a mechanic, then became a maintenance supervisor for Uniroyal at the Joliet Arsenal, inspector for building the toll roads and retired after 24 years from Caterpillar Tractor Co. (Aurora) Planning Dept. He also worked part time at H&R Block and a senior citizens’ center.
Leon was a lifetime member of VFW Post 5422, Wilmington, the reunion coordinator for 86th Ord. Co, U.S. Army, as well as a lifetime member of Moose Lodge 300, Joliet. He was a member of St. Mary’s Immaculate Church, Plainfield, and served many years as head usher, food pantry volunteer and funeral luncheon volunteer. He was a charter member of Good Shepherd Council 5573, Knights of Columbus, and was a past Grand Knight, 4th Degree, past Faithful Navigator, past Commander of Color Guard of Joliet Assembly 204 and past president of Good Shepherd Building Corporation.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Overman-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, corner of Routes 30 and 59, Plainfield. Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at St. Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, 15629 S. Route 59, Plainfield. Entombment will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Romeoville.
Please sign his guestbook at overman-jones.com.