Richard Leo "Dickie" O'Brien
Richard Leo "Dickie" O'Brien , 69, of Hannibal, MO passed away at 8:48 AM Thursday, June 7, 2018 at Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal.
Per Dickie's request, there will be no services.
Arrangements for cremation are under the direction of the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal, MO.
Dickie was born June 13, 1948, in Perry, MO to Donald R. O'Brien and Betty (Anderson) O'Brien.
He was married to Joan Smith Harrison. She survives.
Survivors include two daughters, Meagan Bainter of Quincy, IL and Lori O'Brien of Hannibal, MO; one son, Michael O'Brien of Ft. Worth, TX, one stepson, Dennis "Butch" Harrison; three sisters, Dee O'Brien, Brenda O'Brien, and Debbie O'Brien; 12 grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.
Dickie was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Jimmy O'Brien and Johney O'Brien, and one stepdaughter, Sherri Harrison.
Dickie was a 1966 graduate of Mark Twain High School. Not long thereafter he was referred to Hannibal Woodworking by his friend, Curtis. Dickie worked there until 1969 when he entered the Army, where he was a sharp shooter during the service to his country.
After the Army, he returned to Hannibal Woodworking. As time went on, he joined in with his dad and brother building homes throughout Ralls and Marion County.
Dickie had many life experiences, including 17 years with the Hannibal Fire Department.
He was a buy, sell, trade kind of guy. He dealt in cars, guns, antiques, jewelry, house and land-different types of equipment. You name it-he would make a deal on it. He had many vehicles in his day including cadillacs, mustangs, corvettes, and dune buggies. He was a collector of sorts, with an extensive knife collection, a large Indian artifact and arrowhead collection, c.b. radio equipment, and antiques.
Dick was a wealth of knowledge. He was blessed with great ingenuity. He had an understanding of nature beyond what most folks would only dream of. He understood the movement of all animals, both large and small.
He was known as an excellent marksman. He had broad knowledge of firearms. He had owned or used nearly every firearm ever made. He even had guns machined to caliber that didn't even exist in his earlier time. He believed in buying only quality guns and hunting equipment. People from all around would call him for his opinion before the purchase of hunting or other types of sporting equipment. He was a speed reader and loved books by different authors and topics, as well as the internet always seeking knowledge. He was a staunch Libertarian and Conservative.
The most significant things about Dickie was his love of old time ways and his adoration of nature and the animals. He cooked wild game, he had a green thumb and raised plants of all kinds having big gardens and canned many vegetables. He loved most all creatures. He raised squirrels, flying squirrels, raccoons, and even owls and hawks. He would raise them when found by tree trimmers or loggers. He would reintroduce them to nature- often having them hang around for long periods of time. He raised horses and mules and working as a child on the Champion Chapman Mule Farm.
He had many scent and sight dogs through the years. He was an excellent trainer and he loved his animals very much. He had many different breeds and hunted with all of them. He loved life and and the people in it as he was witty and entertaining with a magnetic smile.
Dick had a strong work ethic and a commitment to always being early and never late. Dick's word was his bond. We honor a man of integrity, intelligence, great means of survival, and a bond with nature, beyond what words can describe.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association or the Hannibal Parks & Recreation Shooter's Education Program.
Online condolences may be made at www.jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com
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