O'Brien, Michael Charles was born In Minneapolis on January 28, 1943 to Eugene and Lois (Hutchins) O'Brien. Mike married Rachel Meagher on February 1, 1969 at Christ the King Church in Minneapolis. He has lived in the Avon area since 1976. Mike attended the University of Minnesota and received a BBA in Computer Programming from Brown Institute. He was a computer programmer for the St. Paul Companies for five years and moved to St. Cloud when he purchased the Crown Liquor Store in Waite Park. He owned and operated the liquor store for 22 years. Mike participated in many community and parish activies. He was a member of St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Avon, president of the Parish Council, and Finance committee. He was a member of the St. Cloud Area United Way Budget and Allocation Committee. Mike volunteered as a teacher of math and physics at the Bristol Learning Academy in Bristol, TN, the VA Hospital in St. Cloud and a Boy Scout Leader in Avon. He was also a member of the Elks. Mike owned a home in Key Largo, FL for 11 years and spent his retirement scuba diving. He became a dive master and earned all the badges that zealous scuba divers can earn. He also was proprietor of "Hotel O'Brien" where all his favorite friends and relatives from Minnesota spent their winter vacations. Mike is survived by his wife, Rachel of Avon; his sons, Daniel (Christine) of Forman, ND, Patrick of Sioux Falls, SD; sister, Connie Culey of Tacoma, WA; one granddaughter, Madison Mykel; and many nieces and nephews. Mike was preceded in death by his parents. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM on Friday, May 17, 2013 at St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Avon for Michael "Mike" O'Brien, 70, who died Sunday at his home. Rev. Blane Wasnie, OSB will officiate and burial will be private. Friends and relatives may call from 5:00 - 8:00 PM Thursday, May 16, 2013 at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Avon and one hour prior to services Friday at the church in Avon. Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home 320-252-2522 www.williamsdingmann.com
This obituary was originally published in the Star Tribune.