Danny O’Brien, 93, of Ashville, died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014 at WCA Hospital.
Husband of 68 years to the late Ruth D. Nieder O’Brien whom he married July 27, 1945 and died July 4, 2013.
He was born Mar. 27, 1921 in Ashville and received his GED while serving in the U.S. Army.
A veteran of WWII, he served in the U.S. Army. An assigned Staff Sergeant at Wheeler Field in Hawaii at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor, he was second in charge at three fire departments and part of the first Hawaiian Intelligence Division and trained Rangers in hand-to-hand combat. For his actions on the day of the Pearl Harbor attack, he received a bronze star. Danny then went on to serve in major conflicts in the Pacific Theater and was part of the first wave that hit the beach on Tinian Island, and fought in Saipan and Iwo Jima and was awarded numerous medals and ribbons including a Purple Heart.
Danny was a self-employed truck driver for 27 years with American Linen/Coverall retiring in 1980. Earlier he drove for Blodgett Furniture and operated heavy equipment for Sack Brothers and enjoyed landscaping as a hob-by and profession.
He was a former member of the Jamestown Free Methodist Church and served as a Trustee, Usher and Sunday School Teacher. He was currently a member of the Gerry Free Methodist Church and en-joyed fellowshipping. A longtime Teamster he was a former union Stewart and a member of the American Legion and VFW.
Father of Danny (Jan) O’Brien of Scottville, MI, Gary (Gretta) O’Brien of Hanover, PA, Bonnie (late Charles) Cobb of Bemus Point, Tom (Diane) O’Brien of Traverse City, MI and David (Diane) O’Brien of Ashville; grand-father of 16; great-grandfather of 22, including the late Gage Cole. Also survived by nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a sister.
Funeral service 11 a.m. Thursday in the Gerry Free Methodist Church, 4500 Church St., Gerry. Visitation 6-9 p.m. Wednesday in Jordan Funeral Home, Sinclairville and one hour prior to the service at church. Burial in Maple Grove Cemetery, North Harmony with Military Honors.
Memorials to the Gerry Free Methodist Church.