John O'Bryan (1935 - 2015)

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  • "John was a good man .He will be missed by all who knew him..."
    - Gordon Burkes
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John Paul O'Bryan
February 24, 1935 - June 29, 2015
John Paul O'Bryan passed away very peacefully on June 29th, 2015. He was at home surrounded by his family.
He was born February 24, 1935 to Jack and Mildred O'Bryan in Newton, Kansas. When young, since his father worked for the UPRR, he lived in many places including Las Vegas, NV. Upon graduating from high school, he went to work as a supply man in the UPRR store until August 1951 when he became an Electricians' Helper with the UPRR. He received training in North Platte, Nebraska. He finished his training in Salt Lake City. During this time he obtained his pilot's license and purchased a small plane. He finished his apprenticeship in 1957 at which time he joined the army for 2 years. When discharged, he returned to Las Vegas working as an electrician until 1975 when he obtained his electrical contractor's license. He retired in 2005 when he moved to Nampa, Idaho.
Hobbies: Restoring houseboats on Lake Mead. He loved resurrecting small generators and refrigerators and loved his 52' MG-TD which he had completely restored (until his wife crashed it).
He was a member of Vegas 32 Masonic Lodge (50 years), Order of Eastern Star Daylite chapter #30, Scottish Rite, York Rite, Zelzah Shrine Temple and the Royal Order of Jesters.
He loved living in Nampa. He enjoyed going for drives looking at all the fields and animals which live here. He loved his garden and mowing the grass; which was something he had never done because no grass in Vegas. He really enjoyed going to Nampa Rec Center and talking with everyone. He loved going to the local Farmer's Markets here in Nampa and loved the fresh produce.
His favorite thing to say: "Never had a bad day in my life - Every day gets better!!"
And he said this to the end.
He is survived by his wife, Ardelle; two sons - Patrick and Jack who both live in Houston TX; daughter - Jennifer and her husband, Rick and their children Amber and Jason who live in Washoe Valley, NV and his brother, Richard who lives in Dallas, TX
Celebration of Life will be at Trinity Lutheran Church (8 S Midland Blvd) in Nampa on Friday, July 3rd at 10 AM.

Published in Idaho Press Tribune on July 1, 2015
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