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Funeral services for John O’Brien, 88, will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 10, 2020, at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, West Plains, Missouri with Father Maurice Chukwakere officiating, under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, West Plains.

He was born the son of the late Francis O’Brien and Agatha Lutz O’Brien, on October 18, 1931 in Warren, Ohio and died July 5, 2020 in West Plains, Missouri.

He was united in marriage February 14, 1978 in Youngstown, Ohio to Georgia Rukovina.

He is survived by his wife, Georgia Rukovina O’Brien, of the home, West Plains, Missouri and several nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Agatha O’Brien and one brother, Francis O’Brien.

He attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Plains, Missouri. John and Georgia loved to travel. That was how they actually met. They had both traveled to Europe for the October Fest, met and five months later were married. He was a member of the The Elks Lodge, Post 2418, West Plains, Missouri; Lifetime member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Warren Ohio; DAV, member since 1997, and the American Legion Post 0023, West Plains, Missouri.

Family visitation will be Thursday, July 9, 2020, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Military Rites will be performed by the West Plains Honor Guard and the Missouri Funeral Honors team.

Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, White Church, Missouri under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.



  1. Rosalie Parker
    July 9, 2020 @ 4:31 pm

    Dear Georgia,
    You may not even remember us. I am Rosalie Parker and my husband is Lynn Parker. He was a roommate of John’s in the hospital years ago. I don’t even know what year but obviously before you moved to Missouri. You were such wonderful people. You have our sympathy at this time. Love and prayers to you!

  2. Eileen Wilson
    July 9, 2020 @ 7:49 pm

    I was so sorry to see of John’s s passing. We lived around the corner from you. I worked for the pharmacy at Walmart and really appreciated him as a favorite customer.

    Blessings on your family. The world has lost a true gem.