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Gerald (Jerry) O’Bryan

Gerald (Jerry) O'Bryan died April 27 at 7:11 a.m. at Carle Hospital in Urbana, Illinois.
candleHe was born in Decatur, Illinois on June 19, 1938 to Herbert and Lorene (Lowder) O'Bryan. On August 26, 1961, he married Margie Cunningham of Springfield, Illinois. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Stanley O'Bryan, of Decatur, Illinois. He is survived by his wife, Margie O'Bryan of Champaign, Illinois and their two Shelties, Tobbee and Daffodil. Also surviving are his brothers Guy O'Bryan of Decatur, Illinois, Jeff Nelson of San Antonio, Texas, Michael Virden of Melbourne, Florida, and several nephews and nieces. 

Jerry held a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Business Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He taught Marketing, Sales, and Entrepreneurial Skills at Danville Area Community College, in Danville, Illinois., where he was a very well-liked teacher by his students and was honored by receiving a “Teacher of the Year” award. He was also active in local, state, and national Business Education organizations. 

Jerry had many and varied interests and hobbies. He was an avid reader of mysteries and could usually be found alternating between two, or even three at any given time. But his favorite past times involved things “from the past,” from antique and classic cars (including a 1929 Pierce-Arrow, which he restored when he was in high school), to reminiscing about his grand parents, great grandmothers, and even a great-great grandmother, to interests in old movies and old movie and TV actors, to old restaurants and night clubs (from which he had collections of such items as menus, shot glasses, and swizzle sticks). 

Most of all, Jerry will be remembered as a kind, thoughtful, and helpful person, who made acquaintances easily and was always interested in listening to people he came into contact with, from neighbors to store clerks and checkers to bank tellers, and anyone else he crossed paths with in the course of day-to-day life. 

Memorial contributions can be made to Champaign County Humane Society. 

Plans are pending for a memorial service at a later date. Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm, Champaign, is assisting with arrangements.

Condolences to the family may be offered online at www.HeathandVaughn.com.




Bonnie and I were sad to see that Jerry had passed. We were your tenants from 10/70-6/74. We have many wonderful memories of you and Jerry. Things like the turtle races to your two dogs Billy and Molly and the gong. Please know we send you our deepest sympathy. Jerry was a good man.

—Paul Johnson