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James Patrick O’Brien, 83, of Marshalltown, passed away on Monday January 17, 2022 at Glenwood Place with his loving family by his side. To honor his wishes and those of his family, cremation rites have been granted and a memorial service will be held Friday, January 21 at 10:30 a.m. at New Hope Christian Church. His family will hold a private funeral at a later date in Winthrop, IA. Memorial contributions may be directed to his family for later designation. For more information will be forthcoming. To send condolences to Jim’s family, please visit mitchellfh.com or call 641-844-1234.

Born April 3, 1938 in Winthrop, Iowa, Jim was the son of Joseph and Dora (Granahan) O’Brien. He grew up in his native region and attended public schools. On August 22, 1959, he was married to Judith Martin at St. John’s Catholic Church in Independence. Jim began his professional career at Donovan’s Meat Market in Dubuque and later as Meat Manager at Schares Food Market in Jesup. In 1974, they purchased Latimer’s meat locker and moved to Latimer. In 1984, Jim accepted a job as a meat specialist at Iowa State University’s meat lab before retiring in 2000. After retirement, Jim helped Judy run her restaurant business until she moved in Marshalltown in 2011. He continued to work part-time as a meat inspector. for Iowa State until October 2021. Jim was a member of New Hope Christian Church, Lions Club, and a volunteer firefighter with the Latimer Fire Department.

Those who cherish his memory are his wife of 62 years, Judy; his children: Julie (Greg) Stoll, Jill (Tom) Severson, Joe (Jackie) O’Brien and Jennifer (Kenny) DeVries; twelve grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren with a great-grandson on the way and a brother, John O’Brien.

In Eternal Life, Jim was reunited with his parents; three sisters: infant Margaret Ann, Mary Jo Ryan and Betty Shird and her beloved dog, Sadie.

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