Winslow -- It is with sadness that the family of John Obrin announces his passing. John, affectionately known to family and friends as "Butch and "Kresni", was born to John and Anna Pelka Obrin in Czechoslovakia on Nov. 17, 1919, a birthdate he was to share later with great grand-niece, Emilee Richards. John was a parishioner of St. John the Baptist Parish in Winslow. John proudly served our country in the U.S. Army during WW II from 1941 to 1945. Stationed in the Pacific Theatre, John earned a Bronze Star while serving in the 7th Infantry Division Signal co. on the Island of Attu. His Army years also included Kiska, Kwajalein, the Leyte Battle for the Liberation of the Philippines, and Okinawa. After his discharge he returned to Bridgeport to begin 30 years of employment with Remington Arms/DuPont, retiring in 1978. He was predeceased by his wife of 71 years, Mary Kandupa Obrin in Oct. 2012. They moved to Winslow in order to be close to Mary's family. John resided in Bridgeport, Stratford, and Wallingford, CT where he lived the better part of his life as a loving husband and favorite "Uncle Butch" to many. Throughout his life John enjoyed exercising, swimming at Embden Lake, bowling, growing golden raspberries, fixing things, watching the Yankees, and taking care of his cars. He aways had a remedy to fix whatever was broken. He will be missed by sister-in-law, Melvina Kandupa of Winslow; cousin, Mike Discko of Stratford, CT; nieces, Susan Richards and husband Joe of Winslow, Joyce Malicky and husband Joe of Pleasant Mount, PA, Mary LeClair and husband Wayne of Winslow and Anne Briggs and husband Bruce of Freeport,; several grand and great grand nephews and nieces; and George Kratochvil of Vancouver, British Columbia. Special thanks to MaineGeneral Hospice for providing much appreciated support to John and his family. Visiting will be from 10:00 to 10:30 A.M. Monday, May 19, 2014 at Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. Monday at St. John the Baptist Church, 26 Monument St., Winslow. Burial will follow in St. Sebastian RC Cemetery, Father Rasle Road, Madison, ME.