DIXON – Joseph R. O’Brien, 70, of Dixon, died peacefully in the presence of his family Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Rock Falls Rehabilitation Center after a long illness.
He was born July 31, 1943, in Dixon, the son of Francis and Frances (Brechon) O’Brien.
A lifelong resident of the Dixon area, Joe had worked as a groundskeeper on the golf course at the Dixon Country Club until his retirement. Always interested in machinery, Joe worked at various salvage yards for years prior to that. Because of his love of machinery, Joe had an amazing skill for working on automobiles and was always available to help others solve problems they were having, often expecting nothing in return but the sheer anticipation of helping to solve a problem and learning in the process.
An avid reader of Westerns and mysteries all of his life, friends would always have a willing recipient to take discarded books off their hands.
He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dixon.
Joe is survived by four brothers, Ronald (Colleen) O’Brien of Dixon, Eugene O’Brien of Franklin Grove, Dave (Kathy) O’Brien of Harvard, and Charles O’Brien of Rock Falls; one sister, Marita (Russell) Fritts of Dixon; one brother-in-law, Thomas James of Manteno; 10 nieces and nephews; and 16 great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Maureen James.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, with the rosary at 7 p.m., at Jones Funeral Home in Dixon. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, beginning with a prayer service, at the funeral home, followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dixon, with the Rev. Bernard Sehr officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon.
A memorial has been established. Condolences may be sent online at thejonesfh.com.