David J. O’Donnell, 82, of 2217 New Lancaster Valley Road, Milroy, went HOME at 4:14 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
He was born Feb. 18, 1940, in New Lancaster Valley, a son of the late John H. and Bertha L. (Birkenstock) O’Donnell. On Jan. 3, 1960, he was united in marriage to Glenda (Mayes) O’Donnell. She survives at their home.
Along with his wife, he is also survived by: his children, Janet L. Cates and husband Patrik of Texas; David M. O’Donnell Sr. and wife Donna of Reedsville; John A. O’Donnell of Mifflintown; and William E. O’Donnell and wife Tonia of Milroy; five grandchildren, Justin Cates, Jonnie Woods, Jessie Cates and husband Corey, all of Texas; David M. O’Donnell Jr. and fiancÈ Holly of Port Royal; and Dawn Marie Shellenberger and husband Lance of Texas; 13 great-grandchildren, including Shelby Roan, of Texas, his much loved, first great-granddaughter, whom he helped to raise. She was Pap O’s special buddy and brought much joy to his life. He is also survived by a sister, Beulah O’Donnell of New Lancaster Valley, a sister-in-law, Darla O’Donnell (Bob) of New Bloomfield, a special friend, Stanley Savitts, many special nieces and nephews and two soon expected great-great- grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his siblings: Silas O’Donnell, John O’Donnell Jr., William O’Donnell, Robert O’ Donnell, Ruth Aumiller, Lena Goss, Faye Lehman, Margaret Savitts, Emily Rager, Molly Weader, Esther O’Donnell, as well a great-granddaughter, Katie Marie Shellenberger.
David graduated from Armagh-Brown High School in 1957. He was employed at Marlette Homes for 21 years, before starting his own cabinetry business. He built and installed quality cupboards for many satisfied customers in the area.
He attended Lockes Bank Evangelical Methodist Church and New Lancaster Evangelical Methodist Church. David especially enjoyed fishing for trout in area streams, being with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and hunting.
His funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, at Henderson-Bohn Funeral Home, 55 N. Main St., Reedsville, with Revs. James Richard and Frank Trego officiating. Burial will take place following the service at New Lancaster Valley Cemetery. His family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home on Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, should friends desire, memorials may be made to: Lockes Bank Evangelical Methodist Church, c/o Beulah O’Donnell, 2243 New Lancaster Valley Rd., Milroy, PA 17063.
Online condolences maybe offered at www.bohnfuneralhome.com.