Born February 15, 1927 in Kushequa, he was a son of the late William J. O'Donnell, Sr. and Marie (Schmader) O'Donnell.
On May 16, 1953 in St. Bernard Church before Rev. Martin Grady he married Nancy (Luciano) O'Donnell who survives.
He was a 1945 graduate of Kane High School.
On October 24, 1945, he enlisted in the US Army and served at Ft. Meade in Maryland. He was honorably discharged on December 3, 1946.
He worked for Dresser Manufacturing in Bradford for over 35 years in the sales and purchasing departments and retired in 1987 as the purchasing manager.
He was a faithful parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Church since 1955 and was a Lector until his recent illness. He was President of the first Parish Advisory Council at St Francis. He served as member and officer of the advisory board of the former Bradford Central Christian High School. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He was a former volunteer at the American Red Cross and until his recent illness, he was an active volunteer at Bradford Regional Medical Center.
In addition to his family and church, his lifetime interests included traveling, photography, biking, skiing and wood working.
In addition to his wife of 59 years, he is survived by four sons Kevin J. (Barb) O'Donnell, of Bradford, Daniel J. (Kristi) O'Donnell, of Keswick, VA, William J. (Patti) O'Donnell, of Hopewell Junction, NY and David J. (Priscilla) O'Donnell, of Fulton, MD; 11 grandchildren, Brian O'Donnell, Kristen Lang, Allison Johnson, Kati Forman, Landon O'Donnell, Tara O'Donnell,Thomas O'Donnell, James O'Donnell, Brittney O'Donnell, Steffani O'Donnell and Gabrielle O'Donnell; four great grandchildren, Mia Lang, Ashley Lang, Amy Forman and Eli Forman; a sister, Leona Dalton, of Kane and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters, Frances Hogan, Theresa Campbell, Rita Loose and Mary Agnes Dana and three brothers, Joseph, Thomas and Raymond O'Donnell.
Friends are invited to call from 2-4 & 7-9 PM, Tuesday, January 15, 2013 in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc., East Main Street where a prayer service will be held at 9:30 AM Wednesday, January 16, 2013 followed by a 10 AM Mass of Christian Burial in St. Francis Church, with Rev. Stephen Collins, pastor as celebrant. Committal services and burial will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery.
Memorial contributions, if desired, can be made to the Mary M. Rae Endowment Fund at Future's Rehabilitation Center, McKean County VNA and Hospice or the the charity of the donor's choice.
On line condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com