Thomas W. O'Brien
June 8, 1937 – May 23, 2019
Thomas W. O’Brien, a lifelong resident of Midwest City, Oklahoma, passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2019. Born in Cooperton, Oklahoma, on June 8, 1937, to Hugh and Vera O’Brien. Thomas, known as Tom, to his family and friends is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Betty; his two children, Hugh O’Brien of Midwest City, Oklahoma and Tracey O’Brien of Moore, Oklahoma; his sister’s daughter, Sherrie Van Hauen of Midwest City, Oklahoma; his cat, Sheba and many other loved in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Vera O’Brien; his sister and brother-in-law Emma and Clarence Van Hauen; his grandparents, Emma and D. Warren Wade. Tom loved sports, especially his Midwest City Bombers and OU Sooners. He was especially honored this year when he served as the Midwest City High School Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal. He graduated from Midwest City High School in 1956 and graduated from Central State University in 1973, with a degree in Education. He served eight years in the Air Force and finished his military service in the Oklahoma Air National Guard Reserve, where he retired as a MSGT. During his years in the Guard Reserve he was the civilian Athletic Director at TAFB running the base gym, pools, health clubs, and sports programs for the military until he retired in 1990. A Visitation with family present will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28th at Bill Eisenhour Northeast. Services will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Bill Eisenhour Northeast Chapel at 8805 N. E. 23rd Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73141, followed by burial at the Arlington Memory Gardens, 3400 N. Midwest Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73141.
- Kevin Boatwright, Active Pallbearer
- Kelly Boatwright, Active Pallbearer
- Kory Boatwright, Active Pallbearer
- Mike Pitts, Active Pallbearer
- Blake Davis, Active Pallbearer
- Dustin Hauersperger, Active Pallbearer
- Members of U. S. Air Force Honors Detail At Cemetery
- Funeral Service Wednesday, May 29, 2019
- In State for Viewing Tuesday, May 28, 2019
- Visitation with Family Present Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Thomas W. O'Brien
May 29, 2019
Betty and Family,
I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Tom this week. He was such an important part of our family for more years than I can count. We lost our Jay 8 yrs and 3 days before Tom. Jay thought the world of Tom. I cried and laughed at the photo of Tom and Jay already to hit the courts for a take no prisoners basketball game. I know in my heart that Heaven and Jay has just grained one of the best and that Jay was waiting at the gates with basketball in hand to start the first of many games for eternity.
Please know that you and family will be in my prayers and thoughts always,
In Jesus there is always love, hope and comfort,
May 29, 2019
Tom will be greatly missed at Bomber Football and Basketball. I always called him our #1 fan and he got a big kick out of that. Tom always had a hug and a smile every time I saw him. He would definitely let the refs know when they made a bad call...lol! Heaven gained another angel! RIP Tom ❤️❤️❤️ “Once a Bomber, Always a Bomber”
May 28, 2019
I knew Mr. O'Brien from working the ticket gate for Athletics with Midwest City High School. He came with two other best friends. Mr. O'Brien was such a personal guy. Heaven has gained a great man. He was such a blessing to my heart. Much love and prayers to his precious family.
May 26, 2019
I am saddened to learn of the loss of your dear Tom. Rest assured that I have included you, Tracy, Hugh, and your family in my prayers for comfort, peace, joy, and strength.