James O'Brien

James “Jim” L. O’Brien, 86, of Frankfort, IL passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at his home. Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, April 8 at Saint Anthony’s Church, Frankfort, IL with Father Greg Skowron officiating. Jim was buried at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL.

Jim was born April 6, 1932 in Waukon to Lenard and Agnes (Grady) O’Brien. He graduated from Waukon High School in 1950 and served in the United States Air Force from 1951-1955. May 13, 1961, he married Virginia Carolyn Armstrong in Mount Sterling, IL.

Jim was employed as safety director at Harbor Point Marina in Chicago, Braidwood Nuclear Plant, and ended his career self-employed at Consulting Services of Frankfort. Jim was a devoted Boy Scout, he had been a member of Troop 270 in Frankfort for over 40 years.  He earned the Silver Beaver and Saint George Medal - two of the highest medals and adult scouter can earn. He served on the Catholic Committee on Scouting and was the Eagle Scout Coordinator, during which time he mentored numerous Eagle Scouts.

Jim was an avid fisherman and belonged to Fish Tales, where he enjoyed many fishing adventures. When he wasn’t volunteering, he spent his time with his family.

Jim is survived by his wife, Carol; his children, Larry O’Brien of Frankfort, IL and Karen Campolattara of Plainfield, IL; four grandchildren, Matt Campolattara of Hampton, VA, Abigail and Kaitlyn O’Brien of Tampa, FL, and Katelyn Campolattara of Plainfield, IL. He is preceded in death by his parents, Len and Agnes O’Brien; his brother, Tom O’Brien; his sister, Rosemary Mooney; his son, Ken O’Brien; several brothers- and sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

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