O'Connell, Harry Edward Sonny 74, of Marine, Illinois passed away at 8:29 a.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at his home. He was born February 9, 1939 in East St. Louis, Illinois, the son of Betty Ruth (Reeves) Bremer of Glen Carbon and the late Harry C. O'Connell. He married Vickie J. (Anderson) O'Connell on July 20, 1963 in Fairview Heights, Illinois and she survives. He retired in 2001 from the St. Louis Post Dispatch after 33 years of dedicated service as the Circulation and Marketing Manager. He proudly served his country with the Civil Air Patrol and later joining the United States Air Force. He enjoyed his days of woodcrafting, was an avid fisherman and had a special love of music and playing his dulcimer and piano. The beauty and serenity of The Great Smoky Mountains brought his family together for travels to Gatlinburg throughout the years. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his wife, children and grandchildren. In addition to his beloved wife of 50 years and his mother, he is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Sonny and Deborah O'Connell of Parsons, Kansas; three daughters and two sons-inlaw, GayLynn and Scott Hurst of Glen Carbon, Shelly and Bobby Slaner of O'Fallon and Beth O'Connell of Marine; grandchildren, Mandie, Kelsie, Scott Jr., Ashleigh, Casey, Lauren, Shelby, Sidney, Dalton, Brendon, Karigan and Isaiah; great grandchildren, Bryson, Aleigha, Brayden, Carson and Easton; sister, Patricia Welborn of Fairbanks, Alaska; half-sister, Janice O'Connell McCosker of Land O' Lakes, Wisconsin; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends. Services: In celebration of his life, visitation will be held at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon on Sunday, November 24, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Troy on Monday, November 25, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Pat G. Jakel as celebrant. Burial with full military honors will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis. Memorials may be made to the
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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Nov. 21, 2013