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Daniel N. "Duck" O'Brian of Oakley, Kan., who was raised in South Buffalo, died Friday (June 22, 2001) in Logan County (Kan.) Hospital of injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. He was 48.

O'Brian, a member of a railroading family, worked as a conductor for the Union Pacific Railroad for 23 years. His father, the late James "Shimo" O'Brian, had carved out a career as a fireman for the New York Central and Conrail railroads in Buffalo.

A 1970 graduate of South Park High School, he was an All-City football player.

Daniel O'Brian served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. During the war, he earned the Purple Heart.

After his military service, he studied accounting at Denver University.

He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans; Post 2981, Veterans of Foreign Wars; and Post 211, American Legion.

He also was a member of the Masons, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, the Ironworkers Union and the Irish Fellowship Club of Denver.

Survivors include his wife of 21 years, the former Connie Johnston; two daughters, Vickie O'Brian Gillespie of Scott City, Kan., and Tammy of Denver; two sons, Shamus of Scott City and Sean of Oakley; his mother, Rita Marie O'Brian of Buffalo; three brothers, James of Kansas City, Mo., Michael of the Town of Hamburg and Paul of Westminster, Colo.; a sister, Margaret McLane of Boca Raton, Fla.; and two grandsons.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday in St. Joseph's Church, Oakley.

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