THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
John H. O'Brien
Issue Date: January 3, 2019
John Henry O'Brien, 67, of Wallace, Mi., passed away Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born Oct. 4, 1951 in Menominee, Mi., to the late Edward and Rita (Plante) O'Brien, he graduated from Menominee High School in 1969.
He worked at Giddings & Lewis for over 30 years and Marinette Marine for 8 years, retiring in 2014.
A passion for Drag Racing, he especially liked the smell of Nitro in the morning and also loved off road racing, NASCAR and NHRA. He enjoyed detailing his truck, time outdoors tending to his flower gardens, family, friends, working in the yard and woodworking. He was a laborer by trade and woodworker by heart. He will be remembered for his wit, smile and innovative ideas.
He is survived by his brothers, Michael (Kyong) O'Brien of Richmond, Va. and David (Teresa) O'Brien of Menominee, Mi.; a sister, Mary (Lonnie) Paxton of Locust Grove, Va.; nephews, Mark and Mike O'Brien, Kevin (fiancee, Kara) Paxton; nieces, Celina (fiance, Jason) O'Brien and Erin and Michaela Paxton; great-nephews, Conor and Carter Boucher and close friends, Norman and Elaine and Teddy.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Mark and drag racing pal and nephew, Shawn O'Brien.
Visitation will take place at Cadieu Funeral Home in Menominee on Saturday, Jan. 5 from 2 p.m. until time of the funeral services at 4 p.m., with Deacon Vincent Beckley presiding. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Menominee, Mi.