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Richard M. O’Bryan

April 9, 1951 ~ November 21, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old
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Richard O’Bryan Obituary

Richard M. O'Bryan, 72, of Harmony Twp., passed away on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, in the emergency department of Heritage Valley, Sewickley Campus. He was born on April 9, 1951, in Baltimore, MD to Anna (O'Bryan) Spinnicchio of Ambridge and the late Ronald P. Spinnicchio. After graduation from Queen Anne's County High School in Centreville, MD, he attended Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, MD in 1969 where he studied history and English. He continued his education at Stonehill College, a private catholic university in Easton, MA where he studied history, education, theology and philosophy and received a Batchelor of Science Degree in 1971. Richard then continued his studies by attending the Catholic University of America, a private catholic research college located in Washington, DC and the only institution of higher education in the United States formed by the Conference of Catholic Bishops. In 1976, he entered the United States Marine Corps and reached the rank of 1st Lieutenant. His career with the United States Marine Corp was monumental. Richard worked in the Pentagon in military intelligence and logistics strategically moving and positioning our troops out of harm's way. He reported directly to Lt. Col. Oliver North who was also president of the National Security Council who reported directly to Alexander Haig, Jr. who was the United States Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan and White House Chief of Staff under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Secretary of State Haig reached the rank of Colonel of the 2nd Brigade 1st infantry division in Viet Nam and received the Purple Heart. After Richard's military intel went through Lt. Col. North and Secretary of State Haig it went directly to the President. After his service to his country, Richard pursued his passion in life to become a priest.  He went to be with the Capuchin Franciscan Friars at the Friary in Annapolis, MD. He was assigned to Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church and worked at Quigley Catholic High School as a guidance counselor from 1981 -1982 where he was known as and still referred to as "Brother Richard". While at Quigley High School, he met the love of his life and future wife, Karen Mikush. He pursued his vocation as a priest by going back to the Noviciate with the friars in Annapolis and then on to St. Mary's Seminary and University to study philosophy and theology and to become a priest so he thought. God had other plans. He learned that despite the path God had him on, Karen Mikush had his heart. He and Karen were married on July 18, 1986, in the Chapel of Quigley High School with the Rev. David A Zubik presiding who was at the time vice principal at Quigley. Richard began a teaching career at Beaver Area High School teaching history while also coaching soccer. His tenure there lasted from 1984 to 2005. In June 2010, he began a second career as a broadcaster at YouTube where he touched thousands of lives. On June 1, 2012, he started a new social media platform entitled YouNow whose followers are in the thousands worldwide. Richard had a passion for music and loved to play the piano and guitar. Karen would hear Richard's voice bellowing in every room of the house. He wrote and recorded songs in a studio many of which can still be heard on YouTube today. Because of Richard's wealth of knowledge and expertise on everything, there was not a question this man could not answer probably because his IQ was in the top 2% in the country. He sent four certified letters with return receipt requested to Alex Tribec on Jeopardy to tell him his answers were wrong. He authored several books, starting with Josh and Me, the story of his lifelong friend who he met in first grade, Earl Porter and several more books followed. He had a love for nature and the outdoors. He loved to garden with his friend Earl having separate gardens and having side bets on who grew the biggest pumpkin or who got the first red tomato each year. Camping was part of his entire life, both in national parks and national forests. One day after searching for years, he found the land of his dreams and built his own camp and get away and sanctuary near Deep Creek, MD. He along with his friends Earl, Paul, Steve and Jack benefitted from the solitude of this peacefully dwelling nestled at the foothills of a national forest with black bears who they would feed as domestic pets. Not only did Richard connect with nature and the outdoors, but it was also his " Holy Place" for his time of reflection with his loving God. Situated on his land near a stream full of fish was his " Prayer Rock" where he and God had their one-on-one time. He shared and proudly welcomed his parents and numerous friends to his camp. One of Richard's greatest sources of contentment was opening up his home in Harmony Twp. to his "Adopted Sons" Steve Pinchotti, Paul Theissen and John David Longo (Mayor of Slippery Rock) Preceding him in death in addition to his father were his precious maternal grandmother, Evelyn Walter who lived until 103 and best friend for life Earl Porter. Richard leaves behind his mother Anna Spinnicchio of Ambridge, loving wife of 37 years, Karen (Mikush) O' Bryan, a cousin-in- law, friend, mentor, confidant and adopted brother, who together almost every morning would meet to solve the problems of Ambridge and the world, Bob Mikush of Harmony Twp. along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and friends. A private Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, November 30 at St. Luke the Evangelist Parish, Good Samaritan Church with Father Joe Carr presiding. Private interment with full military honors provided by the Brentwood Post 1810 Funeral Honor Guard and the United States Marine Corp followed in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies. Our Richard's farewell and favorite saying to all, " Love You Back More" Nothing would make Richard happier than a memorial contribution in his memory to a local or national veterans' organization of one's choice as he loved being a United States Marine.

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