HERRIN - Frankie L. Ozella Sr., of Macomb, Mich., died peacefully at the age of 77 years, Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He had suffered two months with multiple cancers.
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He was born April 4, 1936, in Johnston City, the only child of Jerry and Geraldine (Johnson) Ozella.
On Aug. 30, 1955, he married the love of his life, Betty Ann Jones of Herrin.
Frank is survived by his loving wife, Betty, of 58 years; children, Vickie (Roger) Miller, Sandra (Michael) Donnelly, Geri (Donald) Budnick and Robert (Kimberly) Ozella. He had nine grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. A great-granddaughter is expected any day now.
A son, Frank Jr., preceded him in death in 1997.
Frank attended Herrin schools and played basketball with the Herrin Tigers in the early 1950s.
He retired from General Motors in 1991 where he was employed for 33 years.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Published in The Southern Illinoisan on Feb. 9, 2014