John O'Brien

John Robert O'Brien

Monday, July 19th, 1937 - Sunday, October 11th, 2020
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John R. “Obie” O’Brien, 83, Bellmead, formerly of Bellwood, passed away peacefully Sunday morning at home, following an extended illness.
He was born in Altoona, the only son of the late Donald and Margery (Robinson) O’Brien.
On February 4, 1977, he married Peggie (Mitchell) Nevins.
Surviving are his wife; three daughters: Kelly J. O’Brien of Montana, Sue A. O’Brien of NC, and Soni R. Wood of Bellwood; 7 grandchildren: Drew Saylor, Mackenzie and Carter Westphal, Cameron and Nevin Wood, and Gavin and Owen James; and one great-grandson, Brantley Saylor. He is also survived by his large, extended Mitchell family, with whom he loved spending time.
John, known to his friends and family as Obie, was a graduate of Bellwood-Antis High School and Penn State University with a degree in Engineering. He served in the U.S. Army and the Army Reserves. He enjoyed a long career as a project engineer and licensed surveyor throughout Blair and surrounding counties. He retired from the Engineering Department of the PA Fish and Boat Commission in Pleasant Gap.
Prior to suffering a stroke in 2011, Obie enjoyed many hobbies and activities. In his youth, he was known around Bellwood as “the kid with the Model T Ford.” In addition to antique car meets and restoration, he enjoyed metal detecting, hunting for arrowheads, flint knapping, antique clock repair, camping and the outdoors. He loved Irish and Blue Grass music. John belonged to many organizations, including Monica’s Heart Greyhound Adoption. John and his wife spent countless hours fostering and finding homes for retired racing greyhound dogs. After his retirement, Obie enjoyed his morning breakfast club, with his many friends. They swapped ideas and caught up on local news. He will be remembered for his hearty laugh and his willingness to help others.
To honor his wishes, there will be no viewing, visitation or funeral service. Arrangements are by Jon C. Russin Funeral Home, Inc., Bellwood. The family suggests that contributions in John’s memory be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, Bellwood.
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Laura Moore

Posted at 08:08am
I hardly know what to say. I am very sorry for your loss. John was my dad's best friend. (What a pair they were.) As I kid, I loved seeing "Johnny O." coming down the driveway. He was so kind and fun to listen to as he talked about the projects he was working on or his latest find. Goodness, what a lot of nice memories of a such a wonderful man.

David Zeak

Posted at 08:00pm
Peggy and family. I just want to extend my deepest sympathy to all of you. John was a good friend of my dad from way back in the 1950's. When I came along dad would take me with him to visit John. I always looked forward to those visits. The first old car that I remember John working on was a 1928 Buick. So many memories of the Hershey swap meet, dad even took me with him and John hunting arrowheads. He was just the kind of person you enjoyed being around.



Posted at 01:37pm
I love you Daddy and miss you sooo much. Thank you for being such an AMAZING father and grandfather to myself and the boys. Until we meet again, love you to the moon and back!!!!

Tammy Huff

Posted at 01:26pm
Peggy, Soni and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. John was such an amazing man!!! ~ I remember all the fun times at baseball games and at bonfires at Sonis house! ~ Always joking and making people laugh! ~ He just had that light about him that made you feel so comfortable to be around. He will truly be missed. Sending all our love to each and everyone of you. All our love ~ Dave, Tammy, Colby & Dallas....... We love you all

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