WINSLOW - It is with sadness that the family of John Obrin announces his passing on May 14, 2014. John, affectionately known to family and friends as "Butch" and "Kresni," was born to John and Anna (Pelka) Obrin in Czechoslovakia on Nov. 17, 1919, a birthdate he was to share later with great grand-niece, Emilee Richards.
John was a parishioner of St. John the Baptist Parish in Winslow. John proudly served our country in the Army during World War II from 1941 to 1945.
Stationed in the Pacific theater, John earned a Bronze Star while serving in the 7th Infantry Division Signal Co. on the Island of Attu. His Army years also included Kiska, Kwajalein, the Leyte Battle for the Liberation of the Philippines, and Okinawa. After his discharge he returned to Bridgeport to begin 30 years of employment with Remington Arms/DuPont, retiring in 1978.
He was predeceased by his wife of 71 years, Mary (Kandupa) Obrin, in October 2012.
They moved to Winslow in order to be close to Mary's family. John resided in Bridgeport, Stratford, and Wallingford, Conn., where he lived the better part of his life as a loving husband and favorite "Uncle Butch" to many.
Throughout his life John enjoyed exercising, swimming at Embden Lake, bowling, growing golden raspberries, fixing things, watching the Yankees, and taking care of his cars. He always had a remedy to fix whatever was broken.
He will be missed by sister-in-law Melvina Kandupa, of Winslow; cousin Mike Discko, of Stratford, Conn.; nieces Susan Richards and husband Joe, of Winslow, Joyce Malicky and husband Joe, of Pleasant Mount, Pa., Mary LeClair and husband Wayne, of Winslow, and Anne Briggs and husband Bruce, of Freeport; several grand- and great-grand-nephews and -nieces; and George Kratochvil, of Vancouver, British Columbia.
Special thanks to MaineGeneral Hospice for providing much appreciated support to John and his family.
Visiting will be from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 19, 2014, at Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John the Baptist Church, 26 Monument St., Winslow. Burial will follow in St. Sebastian Cemetery, Father Rasle Road, Madison.
An online guest book may be signed and condolences may be expressed at gallantfh.com.