William J. O'Dell, 74, born Sept. 21, 1941, in St. Louis, Mo., passed away Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville, Ill.
William was the owner/ operator of Bill's Lawn Care. He was a member of MESS, the Teamsters, and attended Journey Church in Freeburg, Ill. William was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved fishing and always had a smile on his face; he lived life to the fullest. Bill served in the United States Navy.
He was preceded in death by his two infant sons, Keith and Kevin O'Dell; parents, Ray Maxwell and Marion Miller, nee Pentland, O'Dell; and a sister, Beatrice Parks.
Surviving are his loving and devoted wife, Helen, nee Spinnie, O'Dell; children, Loran (Angie) O'Dell of Saratoga Springs, Utah, James O'Dell of Lake Forest, Calif., and Kelly O'Dell Williams of Florissant, Mo; stepdaughter, Lisa (Dwayne) Jackson of O'Fallon, Ill.; grandchildren, Candyce (Jeremy) Wiche, William Heimerdinger, Christopher O'Dell, Ashley O'Dell, Carter O'Dell, Luke O'Dell, Amaya Wayman and Keaton Jackson; a great-grandchild on the way, Raegan. Bill will be greatly missed by his beloved four legged family, Carlie, Gracie, Callie and Coco. Also, survived by many nieces, nephews and many many dear friends.
Memorials in William's memory may be made to the Belleville Area Humane Society or to Dirks Golden Retriever Rescue. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.valhallagardensandfuneralhome.com
Visitation: Friends may call from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at Journey Church, Freeburg, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at the church with Rev. Holly Wood officiating. Inurnment will be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
VALHALLA GAERDNER HOLTEN FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Feb. 5, 2016