James Richard O’Bryon, 79
March 4, 1937 — August 25, 2016
James “Jim” R. O’Bryon, 79, passed away Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, at the cabin on Siskiwit Lake. He was born March 4, 1937, in Braham, Minnesota, the son of Von and Madeline (Lundstrom) O’Bryon.
Jim graduated from Braham High School in 1955. He attended and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Jim completed his education with a master’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Jim was a teacher at the Washburn High School, where he met Janet L. Anderson, who was also employed by the Washburn High School as a secretary for the principal. Jim and Janet married in Washburn. In 1966, the family moved to Hartford, where he taught for 30 years. He was an industrial arts teacher, athletic director and, for the last 22 years, an assistant principal at Hartford Union High School.
When Jim and Janet retired they spent their winters in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, returning to their cabin on Siskiwit Lake in the town of Bell for the summer. Jim enjoyed playing cribbage, sheepshead, woodworking, watching sports and spending time with his friends around the campfire. He was a 50-year member of the OB’s hunting camp.
He is survived by his four children, Michael, Wade and his wife Cheryl, Sheryl Sanger and her husband Randy, and Dan and his wife Irma; four grandchildren, Austin, Andrea, Brandon and Alec; sister, Fay Peterson and her husband Don; and nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Janet; twin brother, Gene; and parents, Von and Madeline.
A celebration of his life will be held from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Hartford Town Hall in Hartford, and from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Community Center in Cornucopia. A private burial will be held Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Woodland Cemetery in Washburn. Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers — the family will direct the memorials to the various organizations in Hartford, Cornucopia and South Shore.
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