Lubbock- Claude L. O'Brien, 85 years old, passed away peacefully as his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ called him to his eternal home, Sunday, January 20, 2019 after struggling with cancer. A time of fellowship and remembrance is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at Bethany Baptist Church. Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life of 85 years at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at Bethany Baptist Church. Family and friends are invited to share memories and expressions of sympathy, and view Claude O'Brien's life tribute at www.memorialdesigners.net
Claude was born to Edward Glen O'Brien and Laura Grace O'Brian in Cotulla, TX. He grew up in South Texas graduating from Agua Dulce High School. He married his sweetheart, Angeline Elizabeth Sill, in 1953-loving her for 65 years.
He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord as a boy and was a faithful witness and servant, witnessing and leading many souls to salvation.
Claude was drafted into the US Army during the Korean War - taking him to Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas. After leaving the Army, he became an electronic technician at White Sands Missile Range. Over a 34 year career, he was promoted to Radar Chief - serving on a number of special missions including the GEMENI and Apollo projects for NASA.
After retirement, he and his wife moved to Lubbock, TX and enjoyed serving the Lord at Bethany Baptist Church, woodworking, and traveling.
He is survived by his wife, Angie; one sister, Caroline; son Ron and wife, PJ of Sachse, TX; one daughter-in- law, Darlene Schwab; daughter Karen Smith of El Chaparral, NM; daughter Tricia and husband, Chad Pritchett of Ellis, KS; son David and wife, Vicki of Haslett, TX; fifteen grandchildren; and twenty great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, and beloved son, Kevin.
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Published by Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Jan. 22 to Jan. 23, 2019.