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Larry O'Brien

Jun 3rd, 1949 - Jun 14th, 2020

Graveside Service: 11 a.m. Thursday, June 18, 2020, at Oak Mound Cemetery in Xenia

Those attending are asked to go directly to the cemetery. 


   Larry O’Brien, age 71, of Flora, Illinois, passed away Sunday evening, June 14, 2020, at Flora Rehabilitation & Health Care Center.

   He was born June 3, 1949, in Songer Township, Xenia, Illinois, the son of James and Geneva (Miller) O’Brien.

   Larry, affectionately known as “Butch” by his family was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan.  He loved holding his nieces and nephews when they were babies and took pride in often being among one of the first to hold them.  He enjoyed Gospel music and always looked forward to the times that area churches would visit the nursing home.  In the past he had attended church at Oak Mound Christian Church and later New Hope Church until his health no longer allowed.  Larry was known by many for his handwritten notes that he would pass out to his family and the nursing home staff and nurses.  These notes, lovingly written on colored paper, often included sentiments such as “Jesus Loves You!” and “Larry Loves You!”

   He is survived by his mother: Geneva (Don) Welty of Flora; brother: Gary (Connie) O’Brien of Clay City; brother-in-law: George Tepker of Chatham; sister-in-law: Susan O’Brien of Xenia; nieces and nephews: Brittiney (Curtis) Greenwood, Amy O’Brien, Chris O’Brien, Brent Pearson, and Brian Pearson; and 2 great-nephews: Colton and Henry.

   He was preceded in death by his father: James F. O’Brien; a sister: Jeannie Tepker; and a brother: Henry O’Brien.

   A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, June 18, 2020, at Oak Mound Cemetery in Xenia with Lance Thackrey officiating.  Those attending are asked to go directly to the cemetery.  Memorial donations are suggested to the Flora Rehabilitation Activity Fund and will be accepted through the funeral home.  Arrangements are in the care of Frank & Bright Funeral Home.  To share a memory or condolence visit:


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Pat Burt

June 15th

I remember while visiting the nursing home meeting Larry. We had a delightful conversation and he shared his artwork with me. I could tell he loved the Lord.

Cheryl McCarty

June 15th

Gary and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for peace.

Faye Ann Silvey Baker

June 16th

So very sorry to hear about Larry! Loved him so very much! Prayers for all of you!

Mary Anne Pittman

June 15th

Larry will be missed by so many. He gave gentle backrubs to the nurses if he thought they were stressed, loved calling his mom, of course he LOVED the Cardinals, and enjoyed my CNA Students being there. He enjoyed being the center of attention when he showed them his communication computer. Rest in peace, my friend! I bet you ran through Heaven's gate!

Andi Malone

June 15th

When Beyond the Walls would do their prayer walk, Larry would always be so excited to see us. I carry with me one of his handwritten notes. He loved many and was loved by many.

Julie Adams

June 15th

Will so miss seeing Larry's smiling face when we are allowed to go back to the home sing again.

Jeff and Christy Pierson

June 15th

Prayers for the family!

Shirley Gallaway

June 15th

I know Larry,'s dancing in heaven right now and singing with the angels

Rhonda Evans

June 16th

I had the privilege of talking to to Larry at the nursing home while my mom was there and he was the sweetest of guys! Always smiling!

Linda Sargent (Halleran)

June 16th

Oh my Larry, I loved you my friend. I loved singing to you and watching you play your tambourine. I still have the note you gave me when I left as Activity Director. You made me smile every day. Enjoy playing your tambourine with Gods Angel's as they sing. I will miss you my sweet friend.

Vivian Starr

June 16th

Geneva, Gary & family--I'm so sorry to hear of Larry's passing. He is at peace and may you also be.

Karla hackney

June 16th

Larry was such a sweet soul always happy no matter the pain he was in I love you buddy always remember that your in a better place now I'll miss your hugs and always saying I was a sweetheart ❤️

Dave &Jean Esch

June 19th

Larry, Viola & I will miss you greatly. Such a pleasure to visit with you...



Brian Humphrey
Maria Farmer
Randy & Lisa Hargis
Bill and Robin Atwood
Delberta Bowen
Cheryl McCarty
Mary Anne Pittman
All former CNA students
Frank Norma Hargis
Ashley Dawkins
Tarena Hayes
Mary Reynolds
June Payne
Lois landreth
Kathy 'Gertie'Griffith
Shirley Gallaway
Mick & Leslie Spitzner
Sheldon & June Smith
V Guerrettaz
Norman Philli[ps
Jodi Schnepper
Kevin and Tina Lewton
Randy and Donna Payne
Faye Ann
Linda Sargent (Halleran)
Rick and Trudy Zimmerman Stanford
Janice Cooper Frost
Jim and Ardeth Freeman
Carla Worley Huskey
Micheal W. & Kristal G. Engelmeier
Lance & Loretta Thackrey
Peggy Borcherding
Staff of Flora Rehab and Health Care Center
Eva (fooie) whitely
Jim & Sharon Speiser
Bruce &Nannette Richards
Jim & Karen Williams
Flora Assembly of God
Vickie Simpson
Brenda dulaney
Lane & Charlsie Scarbrough
Wayne Eastin & Diane Johnson
Steve & Carol Oestreich
Dale and Janice Cantrell
Donnie & Kathy Hale
Mamma, Thelma Welty
Dave welty
Bob Green


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