Samuel O'Brien Obituary

Samuel G. O'Brien
Samuel G. O'Brien
Samuel G. O'Brien

July 11, 1920 - October 13, 2010
Born in Oskaloosa, IA
Resided in Urbandale, IA
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Samuel Greenough O'Brien, 90, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at Deerfield Retirement Community, where he resided. His family will receive friends from 4 – 6:00 p.m., Monday, October 18, 2010 at Iles Funeral Homes – Dunn's Chapel. A memorial service will be held graveside at the Masonic Cemetery, Dallas Center, Iowa at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, October 19, 2010.

Samuel was born on July 11, 1920 in Oskaloosa, Iowa, the son of Maxwell A. and Virginia (Slade) O'Brien. Samuel served as a Regiment Liaison Officer during World War II in the 320th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division of the US Army and was awarded a Bronze Star and the French Legion of Honor. Samuel participated in the following Campaigns: Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge), and Central Europe, among the cities that his unit helped liberate were: St. Lo, Mortain, Chataudun, Le Mans, Troyes, Nancy, as well as the Gremecey Forest.

Samuel has been an attorney with the Nyemaster Goode, West, Hansell & O'Brien, P.C. since 1947 and was currently serving in an Of Counsel role. Samuel has a J.D. from the University of Iowa where he also received his B.A. with a Major in Political Science and a Minor in Economics. He was a member of the Phi Delta Phi and the Sigma Nu Fraternity. Samuel was a member of the American Bar Association, the Iowa State Bar Association and the Polk County Bar Association. He also served on various boards such as Brenton Bank, Interstate Insurance Co. and Central Life Insurance Co.

He was active in various civic and local organizations and served as President of Red Cross Iowa Board and President of the Des Moines Club. Samuel loved Iowa Hawkeyes Football and was a life long sports enthusiast who had instilled in his family his love of the game for such activities as tennis, handball, golf and sailing.

Samuel was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Maxwell S. O'Brien and Mary Alice O'Brien. Samuel is survived by his wife, Carolyn Brenton O'Brien of Urbandale; his children, Cathy O'Brien, Cynthia A. O'Brien (Michael Fitzpatrick) and Samuel B. O'Brien (Sarah) all of Des Moines; and two grandchildren, Max and Ginny O'Brien.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Iowa Gold Star Museum, 7105 NW 70th Street, Johnston, IA 50131.


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Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Monday, October 18, 2010
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Masonic Cemetery - Dallas Center
Dallas Center, IA US
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
10:30 AM
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Masonic Cemetery - Dallas Center
Dallas Center, IA US
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
10:30 AM


Iowa Gold Star Military Museum
7105 NW 70th Avenue
Johnston, IA US 50131