James O'Brien
1927 - 2015
O'Brien, James

James D. O'Brien, age 88, of Eden, went to his Heavenly home on Monday, October 19, 2015 surrounded by his family. Col. Jim was born March 24, 1927 in the Garden of Eden to James H. and Estelle M. O'Brien. Jim and his bride, Helen Mae Perron, were married at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Eden on June 18, 1949. Together they farmed the O'Brien homestead in the town of Eden for nearly 60 years. Working together, they raised 10 children! Jim loved farming and auctioneering, traveling, his deer hunting friends, a good party and singing Irish tunes.

Jim began in the auction business at the age of 18 and spent 60 years as one-half of O'Brien Brothers Auctioneers, selling cattle, farm, and household auctions. In addition, Jim auctioned many years at Midwest Livestock Producers, Lomira, and was a lifelong member of the Wisconsin State and National Auctioneers Association. Jim also served the Ashford Mutual Insurance Company and Mt. Calvary Mutual Insurance Company as a member of the Board of Directors. Jim was a lifelong member of Shepherd of the Hills Parish, a proud member of the Eden Fire Department, announcing the Eden Firemen's parade for 50 years. He also served as a member of the Eden Lions Club, the Knights of Columbus, and the Catholic Order of Foresters.

Jim is survived by his wife, Helen, nine of his ten children: Jean Green and Patty O'Brien of North Fond du Lac; Jim Jr., Dennis and Karen O'Brien, all of Eden; Tim (Corina) O'Brien of Campbellsport; Barbara (Michael) Senn and Chris (Joe) Schiek, both of Fond du Lac; Maureen (Andy) Heimerl of Lester Prairie MN; and his daughter-in-law, Patty Maxia O'Brien of Eden. He is further survived by his sister, Sr. Michaela O'Brien, CSA, his brother Pat (Marilyn) O'Brien, and his brothers-in-law, Willie Gellings and Jerry (Bea) Perron; 24 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and many special nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his son, Daniel O'Brien; his parents, James and Estelle; three sisters and brothers-in-law - Florence (Frank) Flood, Helen Gellings, and Alice Michels Riegert (Arlyn Michels and Norb Riegert); his brother and sister-in-law, Tom (Coletta) O'Brien; his in-laws, Leo and Esther Perron, brother-in-law, John Perron, and sister and brother -in-law Jane (Art) Ambroso.

Visitation will be held on Friday, October 23, 2015 from 2:00-7:00 pm at Shepherd of the Hills Catholic Parish, Eden, and again from 9:00 am until time of service on Saturday, October 24. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30 am at the Church, Fr. Charlie Wester officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Eden. Twohig Funeral Home is serving the family with online guestbook and condolences at www.twohigfunerals.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Shepherd of the Hills Catholic Parish or the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation. The family wishes to express its sincere gratitude to the staff of Agnesian HealthCare and the St. Francis Home for their warmth and caring during Jim's brief illness.

Published by Fond du Lac Reporter on Oct. 21, 2015.
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So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. One of my fondest memories as a kid was eating supper at your house, I loved your big family and all the commotion that went with it. Bless you all.
Carla Johnson (Stroh)
November 25, 2015
My sympathy to the O'Brien family. It is hard to lose a husband/dad. May he rest in peace.

Roxanne Garfoot (nee Rozek)
October 26, 2015
I Know the pain and loss of a Dear loved one is great now, James is in his final reward. Words could never express the Joy to be In God presents and our family member that wait for us. Be strong for GOD Loves you and is always with you,
Robert Maxia
October 23, 2015
O'Brien family-- Thinking of you in this time of loss. Grandpa Murphy loved clerking auctions with Jim and Pat more than anything! You are in my prayers!
Erin Murphy
October 23, 2015
My sympathy on the death of Jim. My prayers for all the family.
Kathy O'Brien
October 22, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time Jean and family. God's love and comfort be with you all.
Sue Dammen
October 22, 2015
O'Brien Family,

Deepest sympathy to your family.
Lynn Condreay (Oestreich)
October 22, 2015
O'Brien Family,
My deepest sympathy on the passing of Jim--A great Auctioneer, A great Irishman. I remember the good times at the Wisconsin Auctioneers meetings--good memories. Our Prayers & thoughts are with you.
Bob Gavin, Gavin Bros Auctioneers--Reedsburg, WI
October 22, 2015
Jeannie - I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. It is so hard to lose a loved one and it seems they should live forever. You are in my prayers and thoughts at this time.
Kathie Anderson-Mueller
October 22, 2015
Our deepest sympathy to the Obrien family. Jim was a inspiration to so many of us in so many ways. He will be deeply missed. I will always remember Jim leading the songs at our lion club get togethers. Also you could always go to Jim for advice on so many things. May he rest in peace.
Love Terry and Paula Klumpyan
October 22, 2015
Deepest sympathy to Helen and the family.
Jim Vollmer
October 22, 2015
Prayers to the entire O'Brien family. Jim was a dear man. My sympathies to all. Kristie (Flood) Martin
October 21, 2015
Dear Dennis, and the O'Brien family,

Please accept our heartfelt condolences at the loss of your Dad. May he rest in peace.

David & Bridget Schlaefer
Bridget & David Schlaefer
October 21, 2015
My very deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to the Family of Col. James O'Brien. I remember many times attending a cattle auction at Midwest Livestock Producers in Lomira when Col Jim was an auctioneer there. May the Love of God our heavenly Father comfort the entire O'Brien Family in this time of loss and sorrow. May Col. O'Brien forever Rest In Peace
George Bongert
October 21, 2015
Sincerest condolences. You all will be in our prayers.
Jenn and Lee Wilke
October 21, 2015
Barb & family: You are in our prayers! Your Dad is now angel in heaven watching over you all. Love, Students, Teachers, and Staff at Shepherd of the Hills
Nic Colwin
October 20, 2015
Barb and family,
I am so sorry to learn of the passing of your dad. So sad the greatest generation is leaving us. Jim never liked me when I was dating Barbie, (you're always Barbie to me) probably for good reasons. Celebrate Jim's life, it was a good one that you should all be proud of.
Arik Guenther
October 20, 2015
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