James F. O'Brien

October 3, 1927March 30, 2019

James F. O’Brien, age 91, of Peoria, passed away Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 11:50 a.m. at the Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. He was born Oct. 3, 1927 in Peoria to Thomas and Josephine (Schmitt) O’Brien. He married Nadine Mundy on June 5, 1948 in Peoria. She passed away Oct. 6, 2000 in Peoria. He was also preceded in death by his parents, one son, Kevin O’Brien, three brothers: Joe, Bill, Irish O’Brien, and three sisters: Mary O’Brien, Kay O’Brien, and Margaret Sams. Survivors include his children: Timothy (Donna) O’Brien of Peoria, Thomas (Kris) O’Brien of Peoria, Terrance (Linda) O’Brien of Bartonville, Susan O’Brien of Peoria, and Colleen (Barry) Salerno of Edwards. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Shannon (Jim) Tyre, Lindsay (Pat) Archer, Kevin (Bernadette) O’Brien, Carrie (Mike) Garrett, Cathy (Ben) Russell, Lacey (Jack) Pritz, John, Jimmy and Joey Salerno, Jared (Aubrey) and Mike O’Brien, and 14 great-grandchildren. Jim was a lifelong Peoria resident. He graduated from Spalding Institute and was a WWII Navy Veteran. He has been the president of O’Brien Bros., Inc. for the last 42 years. He was a member of the Steamfitters Local 353 for over 70 years, past president of the Tri-County Contractors Assn, Chairman of Joint Apprentice & Training Steamfitters Local 353, founding member of the PALM & Tri-Con, and a past member of the United Way. The family would like to thank Nancy Mielke for being with Jim and taking care of him for these past 11 years. A Funeral Mass will be Friday, April 5, 2019 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kickapoo. Fr. Joseph Dondanville will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at church on Friday. Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria is in charge of arrangements. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery in Peoria. Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or the Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. You may view Jim’s obituary online at


  • Thomas O'Brien, Father
  • Josephine (Schmitt) O'Brien, Mother
  • Nadine Mundy O'Brien, Wife
  • Timothy and Donna O'Brien, Son
  • Thomas and Kris O'Brien, Son
  • Terrance and Linda O'Brien, Son
  • Susan O'Brien, Daughter
  • Colleen and Barry Salerno, Daughter
  • Kevin O'Brien, Son
  • Shannon and Jim Tyre, Grandchild
  • Lindsay and Pat Archer, Grandchild
  • Kevin and Bernadette O'Brien, Grandchild
  • Carrie and Mike Garrett, Grandchild
  • Cathy and Ben Russell, Grandchild
  • Lacey and Jack Pritz, Grandchild
  • John, Jimmy and Joey Salerno, Grandchild
  • Jared, Aubrey and Mike O'Brien, Grandchild
  • - Fourteen Great Grandchildren
  • Joe O'Brien, Brother
  • Bill O'Brien, Brother
  • Irish O'Brien, Brother
  • Mary O'Brien, Sister
  • Kay O'Brien, Sister
  • Margaret Sams, Sister
  • James was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Josephine; wife, Nadine; son, Kevin; brothers, Joe, Bill, and Irish; sisters, Mary, Kay, and Margaret


  • Visitation Friday, April 5, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Friday, April 5, 2019

James F. O'Brien

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Randy Goyen

April 4, 2019

Tim, Tom, Terry, Kevin
Sorry for your loss, he started a business that is still successful. His values are still present today on how you run the business today. My condolences to you and your families.
Randy Goyen

John H. Uhlig

April 3, 2019

Tim, Tom & Terry: I am sorry to hear of the passing of your Father. I enjoyed working with him when I worked at J. A. Fritch. Please accept my condolences.

Jim McGinn

April 3, 2019

I worked at P.J. Hoerr, with O'Brien Bros. on several construction jobs in the past. I remember Jim came to a job meeting at Certified Heat Treat, in Pioneer Park, wearing a PIPCO hat, just to see if anyone would notice. O'Brien Bros. always did a good job and Jim was fun to know.