KILLBUCK — Paul O'Donnell, 73, of Killbuck died Tuesday evening, Nov. 24, 2009, at the Pomerene Hospital in Millersburg following an extended illness.
Funeral service will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Alexander Funeral Home, Millersburg, with pastor Roberta Fuller officiating. Burial will be at Union Grove Cemetery, Glenmont. Friends may call Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
He was born Nov. 10, 1936, in Danville, Knox County, and was the son of Earl and Grace (Hoovler) O'Donnell. On Aug. 10, 1957, he married Linda Smail and she survives.
He was a past graduate of OU in Ashland and Akron University. He also did a course of study at Methesco Seminary (Methodist Theological School in Ohio) near Delaware. He graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Secondary Education. While there he enlisted in the Reserve Officer Training Corps and graduated as second lieutenant in the Army Reserve. He was called to active duty in 1961 and served for one year at Fort Chaffee, Ark., training recruits. He was discharged after serving several more years in the Army Reserves, retiring with his earned rank of first lieutenant. Paul's career was in education. He was a teacher, a principal, and a director of curriculum and support services in Danville, East Knox and West Holmes schools. After retirement after 35 years, he became a licensed local pastor in the United Methodist Church, serving at Mount Hope, Lowell, Ohio (in Washington County) and Burbank. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 546, F&AM, at Danville.
Surviving in addition to his wife of 52 years is a son, Mark (Denise) O'Donnell; four daughters, Erin (Joe) Noss, Susan (Steve) Mulhall, Jill (John) Stankiewicz and Jennifer (Matt) Maxwell; 11 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and two sisters, Gwen Fargo of Newark and Marilyn (Donn) Alspach of Grandville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Grace O'Donnell; father-in-law, Norris Smail; and a brother-in-law, Harland Fargo.