Details for Thomas Frederick O'Brien
December 26, 1942 - February 24, 2018
Evansville, WI -- Thomas Frederick O'Brien, age 75, died Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the Evansville Manor Nursing Home. He was born on December 26, 1942, the 7th of ten children, to Paul and Mary Ann (Chlan) O'Brien on the farm in Dodgeville. He attended Evansville High School, graduating in 1961, and enjoyed playing tackle on the football team. After high school, he worked for General Motors in Janesville. He served in the United States Navy, enlisting in 1964, and serving in Vietnam, working with electronics. He ended up serving on the USS Enterprise, a nuclear powered aircraft carrier, on its maiden voyage. He then went on to serve on the USS Bennington. He was discharged on January 3, 1968. He is a member of V.F.W. Post 6905 Evansville. After serving in the Navy, he attended U.W. Madison as a undergraduate, and earned his Masters Degree in Wildlife Ecology. His first job out of college, he worked for the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington D.C., He then moved to Pierre, South Dakota, to work for the U.S. Department of the Interior-Fish and Wildlife Services as a Wildlife Biologist. From South Dakota, he transferred to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and continued field work for U.S. Fish and Wildlife. He then was promoted and transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife in Portland, OR, doing less outdoor field work and more administrative work. He retired in 2003, and moved back to Evansville to be close to his family. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and loved his dogs. He was an active member in the National Audubon Society with the Green-Rock Chapter, and Evansville SOLE committee in getting Lake Leota restored and open in 2009. He was active in the Meals on Wheels program in Evansville. Tom was scheduled to be a Honor Flight member in April of 2018, and had been looking forward to the trip to Washington D.C., but sadly passed away before he could go on the trip.
He is survived by his siblings: Paul O'Brien, Phil O'Brien, both of Madison, John G. O'Brien of Portage, Ann Hollibush of Middleton, Mary Clare (Arnold) Hatlen of Brooklyn; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Jean Ruegsegger, Lawrence, James and Stephen O'Brien; and his beloved dogs: Rose, Gypsy and Umatilla.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday March 3, 2018, followed by a Military Service provided by V.F.W. Post 6905 of Evansville, at Ward-Hurtley Funeral Home Evansville, with Reverend Kevin Dooley officiating. A visitation will be held from 12 noon until the time of service on Saturday at the funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed at Wardhurtley.com