Richard L. O’Brien

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Richard L. O’Brien, 80, of Brownsburg, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at his residence. He was born in Ohio, on March 20, 1937 to Otho L. ‘Toby’ and Ruth B. (Stull) O’Brien. 

Arriving in Indiana at a young age, he grew up in Sandborn, Indiana.  As a teenager, he worked in the family grocery store and graduated from  Linton High School. 

Richard then attended IU and received his Master's degree in Education. Following his studies he moved to Indianapolis and began a long career with Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) where beyond his primary role teaching science, he taught night classes and drivers' education as well as being a Guidance Counselor to students.

It was in Indianapolis that he met Ann Piper. They were married in 1960 and had two children, Mark and Kurt. He enjoyed golf, boating, watching his favorite sport teams, and above all spending time with his family.

On Feb. 14, 1986 Richard married his loving wife, Brooke H. (Meeder) Feister.

In 1995 Richard retired from IPS after 34 years of service. Upon his retirement he and Brooke moved to Red Lodge, Montana. Over the next 22 years he enjoyed the great outdoors and traveled to diverse locations on 5 continents from Alaska to England to Africa to Australia to Chile and points in between.

In 2017 Richard and Brooke moved back to Indiana to be closer to his children, grandchildren, and great grandchild. He thoroughly enjoyed regularly seeing them and was grateful for the time they had together.

Richard was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church, Retired Teachers Association and the IU Alumni club.

Survivors include: his wife, Brooke Feister of Brownsburg; two sons, Mark (Cindy) O’Brien of Whitestown and Kurt (Jessica) O’Brien of Windermere, Florida; seven grandchildren, Greg (Audra), Derek (Amanda), Austin, CJ, Colby, Noah and Cooper; one great-grandson, Owen; one sister, Karen Griffin of Wichita Falls, Texas.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents.

Graveside services are scheduled for 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at Fairview Cemetery in Linton with Executive Pastor James O’ Bold officiating. 

Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Thursday at Anderson-Poindexter Funeral Home in Linton. 

Following the services in Linton, a Celebration of Life gathering will be held at Green Street Pub at 911 N. Green St. in Brownsburg, Indiana, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Yellowstone Forever Fund at or Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

The O’Brien family has entrusted all arrangements to James W. Meng, Jr. and Anderson-Poindexter Memory Chapel in Linton. Online Condolences may be sent to




Upcoming Events

  • Friday, September 20, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
  • Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 11:30am
    Ross Orchards, located at 111 North Street in Fromberg, is proud to announce the opening of a farm stand this Fall. The orchard will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays noon - 5 p.m. starting Sept. 21 and closing Oct. 13. The orchard is working in conjunction with the Last Chance Pub and Cider Mill and Red Lodge Ales to offer fun, family-friendly events.   Every weekend apples, fresh apple cider pressed with apples from the orchard, apple pastries, local honey, food, hard cider, and beer will be available.  There will also be pumpkins and a variety of local produce for sale. Additionally, each weekend will have a different event. Sept. 21 - 22 – Cider and Salutations yoga 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Sept. 28 – A farm to table dinner at 5 p.m. catered by the Last Chance Pub’s chef Kevin McNourlin. The dinner will feature local foods paired with cider. Contact to reserve seats (limit 40) Oct. 5 - 6 - Kidz Dayz. Bounce house, pumpkin carving, face painting and tractor rides through the orchard. Oct. 12- Orchard run 5k. A family-friendly run/walk through Ross Orchards. Visit to sign up. Sam Hoffmann, President of Red Lodge Ales, remarked, “it has been fun to get to know John, Laura, Hilary, and Elizabeth Ross over the last ten plus years. Together we have pruned, picked apples, and made cider on a home brew level and now commercially. We are proud to share our work with the public.” John Ross, owner of Ross Orchards, adds, “The orchard has always been a source of pride and happiness for me.  Our family has enjoyed working with Sam and Lindsey Hoffmann and their employees. We look forward to the success of Orchard days.” Contact for more info: John Ross 406-671-9614,; Sam Hoffmann 406-425-4607,; Lindsey Hoffmann 406-425-3734,  
  • Monday, September 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
  • Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.

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