William J. “John” O’Brien, DVM

William J. “John” O’Brien, DVM

William J. “John” O’Brien, DVM


William J. “John” O’Brien, DVM, 96, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023, with his family and his wonderful companion Molly the cat by his side. Visitation will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at Bohnenkamp-Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Manchester. Mass of Resurrection will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Manchester, with the Rev. Gabriel Anderson officiating. Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery, Ryan, Iowa. Bohnenkamp-Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.

John was born on Dec. 11, 1926, in Ryan, Iowa, the son of Dr. and Mrs. W.S. O’Brien. He graduated from St. Thomas High School in St. Paul, Minn., and then attended Loras College. He enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II and served in Germany. Upon honorable discharge he attended and graduated from ISU College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 1952. He practiced in Ryan and Manchester for 62 years. He enjoyed reading, music and crossword puzzles and was a lifetime member of the AVMA. One of his favorite authors was Dean Koontz who allowed him to use an excerpt from his book entitled “Breathless.” It is as follows and reflects his love and passion for animals. It was adapted personally by the author. WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A VETERINARIAN: “A veterinary practice is not just a life with animals. It is a life of service to the innocent of the earth, to those who cannot lie because they cannot speak, who do not envy or covet or steal, who never betray and never take pleasure in the pain and despair of others, who do not enslave, brutalize and humiliate those weaker than they are.”

John is survived by his two daughters, Mary Chris O’Brien-Schnieders, DVM (Gary Schnieders) of Manchester and Lori (Rick) Schaul of Parnell, Iowa; his grandchildren, Emily, Eric (Shelby), Christian (Sara Smith) Schnieders, Andy (Susan Gelman) Schaul and Jay Schaul; his sister of Dubuque, Sister Mary Damien O’Brien PBVM; and Al (Margie) McDermott of Cascade, Iowa; brother-in-law, Tony Broghammer of Manchester; along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by wife, Irene O’Brien; sister and her husband, Imogene and Jack Eckstein, MD; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Lila Luesmann, Mary Luensmann, David and Kathleen Luensman, Delrose Broghammer and Robert Luensmann.

Memorials can be directed to the Manchester Public Library.

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  1. Pat Graybill says:

    So sorry to see that your sweet father has passed away. He was such a wonderful doc for our pets over the years!! Sending love and sympathy to everyone at this sad time 💔

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