Ronald O'Brien

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INDEPENDENCE – Ronald E. O'Brien, 61, of Independence, Iowa died Friday morning at his home from injuries sustained in a tractor accident.
Ron was born on September 16, 1948 in Independence, Iowa the son of Harvey and Bonnie (Hanna) O'Brien. He was a 1967 graduate of the Independence High School and served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Conflict. On October 10, 1971 he was united in marriage to Mary A. Hayes in Las Vegas, NV., The couple made their home in Independence where Ron owned and operated the O'Brien Electric for 30 years. Surviving besides his wife Mary are two children; Chad (Amy) O'Brien, Rowley, Iowa, Carie O'Brien, Norwalk, Iowa, five grandchildren; Ryley & Rece Smith, Erin O'Brien, Drew and Jace O'Brien, His Mother Bonnie O'Brien, Independence, a sister; Sue Brown, Dubuque, IA., and a brother; David O'Brien, Chino Valley, AZ.
He was preceded in death by father Harvey O'Brien, and a sister; Judi O'Brien.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the First Presbyterian Church, Independence. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Independence. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to services Wednesday at the church. For more information or to leave an on-line condolence please go to under obituaries.
Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal on Sept. 8, 2010
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