James F. O’Brien

May 27, 1924 ‒ July 31, 2016

Marion, Ohio

James F. O’Brien, age 92, of Marion, died Sunday, July 31, 2016 at the DeWolfe House.

James was born May 27, 1924 in Marion, Ohio to the late Carl and Mary (Temple) O’Brien.  James was a proud veteran, serving his country in World War II in the Pacific Theater where he earned a Bronze Star.  James married Eula Hawk who preceded him in death on August 6, 2004.  James had many jobs including the Marion Power Shovel, Wolohan Lumber, the Erie Railroad and later in life, retired from the Marion Brick Company.

James was a former member of Salem United Methodist Church, past president of the US Open Drum and Bugle Corps and the Marion Union Station.  He enjoyed helping with Marion 4H, as an adviser and was an avid train watcher.

James is survived by sons: Tom (Londa) O’Brien, Jeff (Anita) O’Brien, and Dennis (Denise) O’Brien; daughter, Teresa (Dawn Miller) O’Brien; and 24 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

James was preceded in death by a son, Larry O’Brien; brother, Robert O’Brien; and sister, Margot Ganson.

A graveside service will be held at 11 am Friday, August 12, 2016 at Claridon Cemetery with military honors presented by the Marion County United Veterans Council.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in James’ honor to the Marion Union Train Station.

Gunder/Hall & Snyder Funeral Home is honored to have been chosen to serve James’ family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family. Uncle Jim will be remembered for his laugh and train stories.

  • Our heartfelt prayers go out to all the O’Brien family. Uncle Jim’s love of life and family memories will remain with us always.

  • Sending my sympathy and prayers to the family! So many great memories of Jim and our family holiday dinners! Plan to be at the services on Friday! Sending my love!

  • Thinking of all of you at the death of Jim. There are many good times and memories running through my mind of both your Mom and Dad. Our friendship goes back over 70 plus years. May God comfort all of you at this time. Love and prayers, Ruth

  • On behalf of myself, my wife and the Marion Cadets Alumni, we send our sympathy and prayer on the passing of our friend, Jim.
    We have good memories of going to many Drum Corps shows with your Mom & Dad. Also stories about the trains and the station.
    May God give your family comfort that they are now back together again forever.

    Jack