Louie Delbert O’Brien, 86, of Libby, MT passed away Sunday, September 23rd, 2018, at his home of natural causes. He was born January 30th, 1932 in Eureka, Montana to Lorenzo Dow and Blanche (Baillargon) O’Brien. He attended school at Lincoln County High School until he graduated in 1951.
Louie was drafted into the United States Army in February of 1953 where he drove truck for the Service Co. 18th Infantry Regiment in Germany until February of 1955, where he was given a National Defense Service Medal/Army of Occupation Medal. He then returned to Eureka, Montana and continued his employment with the J. Neils Lumber Company in Eureka. Upon his return he met the love of his life Beverly Jean (Bernhard) O’Brien and married on December 3rd, 1955. They had 3 children when they lived in camp in Rexford, Montana. In 1962 Louie and his family decided to move to Libby, Montana where he could have stable employment for J. Neils in the Mill throughout the winter months. When they got to Libby they bought their first house, and had their 4th child. He worked in the Woods Department mostly but, he was a man of all trades working in various positions, from being out in the woods, plywood plant, greenchain, and his biggest passion driving truck. He became President of the Local Lumber and Sawmill Union in the 70’s until the early 90s. He got a Medical retirement in 1992. Louie loved spending time and traveling with his family, going to California to visit one of his children, and being able to go out camping, hunting, and fishing.
Louie loved being a husband and a parent, and loved all of his grandchildren RJ,Cory, Kyle, Evan, Lee, Justin, and Christina, and his numerous great grandchildren greatly. He was preceded in death by his parents Lorenzo and Blanche O’Brien, his brothers Fred, Frank, and Richard O’Brien, and his sister Leona Benefield.
Survivors by his brother Leo (Shirley) O’Brien of Kalispel; wife Beverly O’Brien of Libby; and his children Belinda (Ronald) Masters of Libby; Victoria O’Brien of Libby, Leslie (Tina) O’Brien of Ventura, California; Kelly (Rhonda) O’Brien of Libby; 7 Grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.
Services will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 29th, at the Baptist Church in Libby. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Veterans Administration or the VFW would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements are by Schnackenberg Funeral Home in Libby. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.schnackenbergfh.com.