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Malcolm R. “Mac” Obourn – Obituary

Obourn, MalcolmMalcolm R. “Mac” Obourn, 94, a resident of Vienna, passed away at 12:22 p.m. Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at Massac Memorial Hospital, surrounded by his family.

Mac was born May 15, 1921, he was the second of four children born to Ellsworth S. and Cora (Price) Obourn.

He married Mary Alice (Prichard) Obourn on June 4, 1947 at the Vienna First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include: his wife – Mary Obourn of Vienna; a son Scott Obourn (Jean) of Vienna; a daughter – Cathy Obourn Warmack (Jim) of Paducah, Kentucky; grandchildren – Malcolm Obourn (Amanda) of West Lafayette, Indiana, John Obourn of Vienna, Darren Obourn of Vienna, Sarah Warmack Goode (Matt) of Paducah, Kentucky, Emily Warmack Walker (Micah) of Paducah, Kentucky; and 7 great grandchildren.  His surviving sisters are – Marly Obourn Oliver of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Norma Obourn Harrington of Mequon, Wisconsin.  Malcolm’s brother, Dr. Robert Obourn Preceded him in death.

Mac was a 1940 graduate of the John Burroughs High School in St. Louis, where he excelled in track and football.

Mac enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942.  He served with distinction  in the European as well as the Asian-Pacific theater of operation during the Second World War.   He participated in 53 missions during his service in the Pacific.  Mac was a decorated combat veteran and was honorably discharged from active duty on December 28, 1945 with the rank of Captain.   He earned a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture from the University of Missouri following his return from service during World War II.

Following his marriage to Mary, he joined in business with his father-in-law at the Vienna Lumber Company, where he was employed for the next 20 years.  In 1970, Mac took a position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Home Administration where he was employed until his retirement in 1986. During his retirement he was active in woodworking, gardening and enjoyed many years of golf with his long time friend, Dr. James Veach.  Mac was an avid Mizzou Tiger fan and closely followed college athletics.

Mac was a loving husband, devoted father and loved his children and grandchildren deeply.  He was also a loyal member of the Vienna First United Methodist Church and had formerly been a member and served as an Elder in the Vienna First Christian Church for many years.

A Celebration of the Life of Malcolm Obourn will be conducted Friday afternoon, October 16, 2015, at 1 PM at Bailey Funeral Home in Vienna.  Pastor Larry Moreau will officiate.   Military honors will be accorded by the Beggs-Gurley VFW Post # 5222 and the Illinois National Guard Burial Honors Detail.

Interment will be at a later date in the Vienna Fraternal Cemetery.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday at Bailey Funeral Home.

Memorials are suggested to the Vienna First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1349, Vienna, Illinois 62995 or to the Vienna First Christian Church, P.O. Box 637, Vienna, Illinois 62995.

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