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Rodrick M. “Marty” O’Banion


Saturday, January 20, 2018

Barnstable, Mass. — Rodrick M. “Marty” O’Banion, “The Copper Man,” 73 of Barnstable died at the McCarthy Care Center in Sandwich, Mass. Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, after a short illness.

He was the husband of Lilli Kildevaeld for 19 years.

Born in Cheyenne, Wyo., Marty was the son of the late Joseph O’Banion and Marion Jane Richards. He grew up in Canaan, N.H. and was a graduate of Canaan High School in 1963. He later received Bachelors Degrees in Science of Metallurgy from RPI in Syracuse, N.Y., Business and Psychology from Bryant College, Syracuse University and the University of New Hampshire. He also attended classes for his Masters Degree in Business at Harvard.

Marty served in the U.S. Air Force and volunteered with the Special Operations Unit for 17 months in Vietnam and other South East Asian fronts. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant in 1972, at which time he started in his corporate business in creating construction companies.

In 2000, Marty started new talents in coppersmithing and became the “Copper Man” on Nantucket.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the nurses and staff at the McCarthy Care Center for their care and support during Marty’s illness.

Marty is survived by his sons, Todd, Shane, Mark, and Nicolas O’Banion and Michael Kildevaeld; his daughters, Darcy O’Banion, Martha O’Banion Brock, Sonia O’Banion, and Michelle O’Banion Melton, and Charlotte Kildevaeld; 20 grandchildren; one great-grandson; and his siblings, Donald Roberts, Jim Colburn, Robert Colburn, Pam Colburn, James O’Banion, Judy Eckert, Bette Person, Kathy O’Banion and Leslie Harkrider. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Richard Colburn and a sister, Sharon Collins.

A graveside service will be held at 12:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26 in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, Mass.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the McCarthy Care Center, 73 Service Rd., East Sandwich, MA 02537 or to Hope Hospice, 765 Attucks Lane, Hyannis, MA 02601.

Arrangements by Hallett Funeral Home, South Yarmouth. www.hallettfuneralhome.com.