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William "Bill" O'Brien

August 2, 1947 ~ January 24, 2024 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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William O'Brien Obituary

William “Bill” O’Brien age 76, of Greenville, WI, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton, WI.

He was born on August 2, 1947 in Belleville, New Jersey, son of Martin and Evelyn (Sincox) O’Brien. He married Alice Wands, with whom he shared his first daughter Becky O’Brien. On September 2, 1995, he married Mary Danen Blanford in Albuquerque, New Mexico and gained 2 daughters, Amber and Megan Blanford.

Bill was a veteran of the US Army, and was based in Germany during the Vietnam War. He retired from Network Health Insurance Company as their VP of Sales. In the health insurance industry and throughout his career, he exemplified integrity and friendship to all he worked with.  In his 30’s, Bill learned to play golf, and it became his favorite hobby. He loved his golf outings and watching golf as well.  Other hobbies included skiing, fishing, reading, traveling with his wife, Mary, the beach, and especially beach walks with Becky. Besides fixing up an Austin Healey from scratch, Family was always FIRST.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Mary; three daughters Becky (Brian Hodge) O’Brien, Amber Blanford and Megan (Nick Davis) Blanford; granddaughter Nora Davis; brother-in-law Bill Wargo; Niece Kathy Bridges and her son Will (Erica) Fly; nephew Brian Wargo and extended Danen Family and "his loyal pup, Kacey, who was always by his side".

He was preceded in death by Evelyn O’Brien Steenland and her husband Orrie; sister MaryAnne O’Brien; nephew Bruce Wargo; Niece Cheryl Wargo; aunt Helen and Father & Mother-in-law Ralph and Kay Danen and Bubba Bridges.

Friends and family may gather on Wednesday, January 31, 2024 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm followed by a funeral service at 5:30 pm at Valley Funeral Home, 2211 N. Richmond St, Appleton, WI 54911.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bill’s name to National Aphasia Association, P.O. Box 87, Scarsdale, NY 10583.

Details on a celebration of his life to follow and will be held in the spring.

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Gathering of Family and Friends
January 31, 2024

4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Valley Funeral Home
2211 N. Richmond St.
Appleton, WI 54911

Funeral Service
January 31, 2024

5:30 PM
Valley Funeral Home
2211 N. Richmond St.
Appleton, WI 54911


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