John Wilson O’Brien
May 09, 1958 ‒ August 05, 2020
John Wilson O’Brien, age 62, passed away way too young at OSU Medical Center in Columbus on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, surrounded by his wife and children.
John was retired from the USPS with over 30 years of service. He had many lifelong friends from his time at the Post Office, working at Twin Rivers Drive, Georgesville Road, and The City Gate Plant.
John was born on May 9, 1958, in Steubenville, Ohio, to Wilson O’Brien and Lucille M. (Gescheider) O’Brien, both of whom preceded him in death. He is survived by his loving wife of over 35 years, Cynthia Sue (Collmar) O’Brien; a daughter, Jessica Davis (Ryan Bardar) of Sunbury; two sons, Cory O’Brien of Marengo and Timothy (Kristi) O’Brien of Galena; three grandchildren, Dylan Seward, Teagan Bryant, and Benson O’Brien; two brothers, Michael (Karen) O’Brien of Sunbury and Patrick (Connie) O’Brien of Wintersville; and several nephews and nieces that lovingly knew his as “Uncle Big John.”
In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his grandparents, William L. “Money” and Leona O’Brien and Kenneth and Margaret Collmar; and John’s beloved brother, David Oller.
John was an enthusiast of his Harley Davidson motorcycle and learned to ride his bike on the ultimate trip to Sturgis with lifelong friends. His children and grandchildren were his life and he was always on the sidelines watching basketball, baseball, football, softball, and gymnastics to support them. John was also an avid coin collector and if you knew John, you knew he could quote any date in history when asked. Cindy always wanted him to audition for Jeopardy. John loved to travel and was able to visit 42 National Parks with his wife.
Memorial contributions can be made in John’s name to Lifecare Alliance of Ohio. His corneas will live on helping a stranger regain their sight.
The Devore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the O’Brien family. Please share a memory or condolence at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.