Robert O’Brien

Robert O’Brien

February 28, 1931 – March 28, 2021

He was the last surviving child of Arthur Mandan and Marie Gdanietz.  He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Janice O’Brien; son, Richard O’Brien, and his siblings: Esther Mandan, Victor Mandan, Anna Morsette, Eloise Johnson, Bernard Mandan, Richard Mandan, Rosemarie Mandan, Alfreda Goodiron, and Tony Mandan.  He is survived by his children, Alex O’Brien and Michele O’Brien.

Robert served in both the United States Navy and Air Force, retiring in April of 1968.  In his civilian life, he was the Civil Defense Director of Omaha.  He was Board President of Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition along with NAC and President of Nebraska Civil Defense Directors’ Association.

FUNERAL: Thursday April 1st, 2021, 11AM at West Center Chapel with visitation starting at 10AM.



  • Reneta Mandan Posted March 30, 2021 7:57 am

    What a great man; may God bless his memory

  • Miriam Smith Posted March 30, 2021 9:46 am

    It was an honor to know Bob. All of the good things he brought to the world will live on in you. May God’s blessings surround you.

  • Sarah Mandan Posted March 30, 2021 12:47 pm

    Rest peacefully Grampa Bob. I am so grateful to have met you and I am thankful for the bond and conversation you and my son had. My deepest condolences and sympathies to uncle Alex and aunt Michele.

  • Diane Johnson Posted March 30, 2021 4:15 pm

    Condolences to the family. Rest In Peace uncle Bob. Your kindness & gentle nature will be missed.

  • Dewain Godfrey Posted March 31, 2021 10:31 am

    My condolences to the family! 🙏 Rest in peace sir!

  • Roger Noble Posted April 1, 2021 8:23 am

    Sympathy and prayers to the family. I remember Sgt O’Brien from the USAF at Offutt. A great personality and a genuine story teller.

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