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Patrick John O’Brien

December 9, 1937 — June 4, 2020

Patrick John O’Brien, 82, of Grand Rapids, MI formerly of Greenville passed away Thursday June 4, 2020 at home with his family. Patrick was born on December 9, 1937 in Lansing, MI to Jack and Francis O’Brien. He graduated from Lansing Resurrection High School in 1956. Pat served in the U.S. Marine Corps and then worked for the Lansing Fire Department. Pat and his wife Judith moved to a farm in Gowen, MI in 1967 and four years later he moved to Greenville where they raised their family. He worked for Gibson Sales for 10 years, later becoming National Sales Manager at Northland Refrigeration for 24 years and retired in 2000. Patrick’s community involvement included membership in the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Athletic Director of St. Charles school along with a basketball coach at St. Charles. Pat served as a Mentor at Greenville Public Schools and was a longtime member at the former Greenville Country Club. Pat and Judy were also very generous with their philanthropy. Pat loved spending time with his family, attending his children and grandchildren’s sporting events and school activities. Pat enjoyed golfing, hunting, and fishing and traveling with his family and friends. Patrick is survived by his wife of 59 years Judith O’Brien. His children Kevin (Shelley) O’Brien, of Traverse City; Tim (Amy) O’Brien, of Greenville; Peggy (Craig) Dorgan, of Allegan. His grandchildren Kaila George (Josh Colson), Olivia (Tiago) Andrade, Quinn Dorgan (Maria Michelle), Patrick O’Brien, Sean O’Brien, Erin O’Brien (Brian Borgmeyer), Megan O’Brien, Colin Dorgan. Patrick is proceeded in death by his parents Jack and Francis O’Brien. His brothers James and Robert O’Brien and his daughter Kelli O’Brien. An outdoor Celebration of Life with a luncheon to follow will be held on Saturday, June 20 at Taylor Hops Farm, the former Greenville Country Club clubhouse site, 925 S. Marvel, Greenville, MI. Visitation 10:00 AM, Patrick O’Brien’s Celebration of Life 11:00 with a luncheon to follow. Marshal Funeral Home is serving the O’Brien family. Memories and messages of condolences may be shared via marshallfuneralhomeinc.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the O’Brien Community Needs Endowment at the Greenville Area Community Foundation. Grants will benefit education, health, and basic needs in the area.

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