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Funeral Set for Former Muscatine Mayor

City of Muscatine

A funeral service for a former mayor of Muscatine will be held on Monday. Dick O'Brien, who was the longest serving mayor ever for the city, died on Wednesday. He was 93.

A graduate of Muscatine High School, O'Brien served in the Navy during World War II in the South Pacific, then after the war, worked his way up to regional sales manager for BMW North America in Dallas.

Following his return to Muscatine in the 1980s, O'Brien won a seat on the city council in 1993, then was elected mayor in 1995 - a job he held for 16 years. 

Accomplishments include improvements to Muscatine’s riverfront, the Weed Park Aquatic Center, Musser Park Skate Park, the city’s curbside recycling program, and Millennium Plaza. 

Visitation will be Sunday at the Wittich-Lewis Funeral Home, with the funeral on Monday morning at Zion Lutheran Church.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.