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Larry O’Brien



OTTAWA — Larry O'Brien, 81, of Ottawa, passed away Tuesday, May 15, at OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 18, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Ottawa with the Rev. David Kipfer officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. prior to services Friday at Ottawa Funeral Home. Burial will be in St. Columba Cemetery.

Larry was born March 7, 1937, in Ottawa, to Larry and Bess (Hollenbeck) O'Brien. He married Patricia Mertel on June 8, 1957, at St. Patrick's Church in Ottawa.

Larry was a graduate of Marquette High School, Class of 1955. He was a retired lieutenant from Ottawa Fire Department and retired as superintendent from Millennium Chemical in Morris.

He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church, Disabled and Retired Firefighters of Illinois, the retired firefighters of Ottawa, Knights of Columbus, Loyal Order of the Moose, and Hall of Fame at Marquette High School.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia; two sons, Mike (Kari) O'Brien, of Ottawa, and Terry (Chris) O'Brien, of Channahon; two daughters, Laurie (Jack) McDermott, of Mokena, and Kelly (Scott) Soltis, of Medina, Ohio; 10 grandchildren, Shea (Heather), Kierstin, Logan and Shane O'Brien, Darragh, Callan, Sloane and Fiona McDermott, and Kaitlin and Kyle Soltis; and his sister-in-law, Peg (Martin) Van Buren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers will be his grandchildren.

Memorials may be directed to the Ottawa Firefighters Memorial.

The online guest book may be viewed and remembrances shared at

Ottawa Funeral Home & Crematory

1111 La Salle St., Ottawa, IL 61350


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