EAST GULL LAKE -- Con O'Brien, 78, East Gull Lake, died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2002, at home.
He was born Nov. 29, 1923, in Brainerd to Neil and Sadie (Cahoon) O'Brien. He played football and boxed in the Golden Gloves for about 15 years. He joined the Navy Air Corps and was activated in June 1943. He received his preflight training at St. Olaf College and graduated from Corpus Christi as an ensign. He was trained to fly carrier-based fighter planes from California overseas. He flew jets to naval bases in Florida and the Bahamas. When World War II ended he stayed in active reserve. He started in business with his father selling groceries then in the beer business and finally with TCBX Trucking. He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church, the American Legion, VFW, Moose Lodge and Ducks Unlimited.
Survivors include two sons, Tim and Pat O'Brien; five grandchildren; a brother, Larry O'Brien; and a sister, Peggy O'Brien.
His wife, Margaret, and a sister, Sister Mary Katherine "Mickey" O'Brien, died earlier.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at St. Francis Catholic Church with Father Seamus Walsh officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.
Friends may call from 3-7 p.m. Thursday at Nelson-Doran Funeral Home in Brainerd with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. and an hour before services Friday at the church. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post No. 255 in Brainerd.
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