Russell M. O’Donnell, 78, Largo, Fla., died Monday, May 28, 2018.

He was born March 26, 1940, in Chicago to Thomas W. and Lillian M. (Shersh) O’Donnell. He was a 1959 graduate of the Reavis High School in Burbank, Ill.

He married Patricia Ann (Denning) on Oct. 15, 1966, in Gorham. She preceded him in death April 30, 1995. He was an engineer in telecommunications field and retired from AT&T in 1995. He then went back to work until 2003 and moved to Largo. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, serving from 1961 to 1965.

Survivors include two sons, Shan O’Donnell and wife, Allison, Oklahoma City, and Russell O’Donnell and wife, Lynn, Poplar Grove, Ill.; four grandchildren, Shaa, Taylaa, Russell Jr. and Noah O’Donnell; a brother-in-law, Clarence Denning and wife, Marilyn, Colby; two sisters-in-law, Judy Lohrmeyer and husband, Mike, Russell and Mary Bender, Great Bend.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary; a brother, Jake; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alphonse and Clara (Hoff) Denning.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Gorham; burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Gorham, with military honors by the Victoria Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1751.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary, 412 Main, Victoria, KS 67671 and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

A vigil will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary.

Memorials are suggested to St. Mary Cemetery, Gorham in care of the mortuary.

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