Notice regarding Coronavirus...Read More

Our Family Serving Your Family For More Than 40 Years

972.241.9100

Plan Ahead

O'Donnell Jr., William Joseph

Obituary

William Joseph O’Donnell, Jr. (Bill), 90, died peacefully on Saturday, March 20, 2021 in Dallas, Texas.

Bill was born in Washington D.C. on July 23,1930 to Bridie and William J. O’Donnell, Sr.  He graduated from Gonzaga College High School in 1948.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, serving aboard the USS Ault.  Bill graduated from Rutgers University in 1965.  He was employed by the Western Electric Company for 35 years before retiring in 1985.

Bill and his wife Roberta (Bobbie) were married for 57 years before she passed away in October 2009.  Survivors include his four children; Debbie Steves (Peter) of Bullard, Texas; Karen Hemenway (Keith) of St. Louis, Missouri; Sharon Cantwell of Oakton, Virginia; and Dan O’Donnell of Chester, New Jersey.  Bill and Bobbie have nine grandchildren:  Allison (Travis), Caitlin, Daniel (Meagan), Bryan (Meagan), Ryan, Jeffrey (Anna Brooks), Meredith, Michael and Andrew.  Additionally, they have five great-grandchildren; William, Audrey, Aiden, Caroline and Avery.  Bill is survived by his sister, Sister Anne O’Donnell RSM of Maryland; and his brother, James O’Donnell of Delaware.  He was predeceased by his brother Buddy, and sisters Marguerite Van Gieson and Mary Beck.

Bill was a devout Catholic and active member of St. Rita Catholic Community where he served as a Eucharistic Minister, Bread Minister and member of the Intermezzo group.  He was also an active member and fund raiser for the Lake Highlands YMCA for many years.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. at a date to be scheduled, with interment following at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Silver Spring, Maryland next to his wife, Bobbie.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to St. Rita Catholic Community/Bread Ministry, 12521 Inwood Road, Dallas, Texas 75244.

Please leave the family condolences and share memories on this website.

14 Thoughts on O'Donnell Jr., William Joseph
    Bill & Barbara Hart
    13 Oct 2022
    10:40am

    Our thoughts are with you Debbie, Peter and your entire family.

    Charles Sylvester
    13 Oct 2022
    10:40am

    To Bill’s family: I knew Bill through our many years with Western Electric and me through AT@T. What a wonderful man he was, full of womderful work ethic and devotion to his job. Years after our retirements, I had the honor as a Deacon to serve at St. Rita andlooked forward to seeing Bill at the 7:30am. Mass every Sunday morning. he and his “group of buddies” were always sitting together! I always admired him. may he rest in the arms of his Lord and Savior.
    God b;ess you all and comfort you in your loss.
    Deacon Charles Sylvester

    Susan Roney Klayman
    13 Oct 2022
    10:40am

    To my O’Donnell family: you will miss him as a sibling, dad, granddad and great granddad. I’m told that as a toddler, I called him Uncle “Bull” when he came home on leave from the Navy. So, Uncle “Bull”, thank you for beach memories with the cousins; for your and Aunt Bobbie’s hospitality in VA, NJ and TX; and for sharing your version of the Mexican adventures. I know you will now raise “heaven” with that illustrious group!

    Vern and Dolora Leder (Roney)
    13 Oct 2022
    10:40am

    When thinking of Bill a smile has to come too. He was always so gracious and happy. Truly a fine man. Condolences to all of his family. We know you will miss him.

    Nancy Jo Wilcher
    13 Oct 2022
    10:40am

    Mom and I are thinking of you and your family. We’re praying for peace and healing. We will talk soon. Much love…

    Heekyong
    13 Oct 2022
    10:40am

    My memories of Bill is man with full of happy energy, kind and fiercely protective father. I met him as a impressionable teenage immigrant to this country. Bill was the introductory image of the American father figure forever embedded in my head. Thank you for your kindness and Rest In Peace. And thank you for Sharon being in my life.

    Mary Hemming
    13 Oct 2022
    10:40am

    I have such fond memories of my cousin Bill, especially of the time when he and his wife Bobbie visited Ireland in 1964. I thought they were such a glamorous couple. In 1970 they welcomed me into their home in Connecticut and gave me the holiday of a lifetime. Bill was kind and generous. He loved his family unconditionally and was proud of each and everyone of them. Rest easy now Bill with those who have gone before you, especially your darling Bobbie.

    Paul and Lauren Steves
    13 Oct 2022
    10:40am

    Our Thoughts and Prayers are with the entire O’Donnell family . Bill was a wonderful man and will be dearly missed. He is now with his dear wife “Bobbie”. Rest in Peace Bill.

    Hephzibah Besong
    13 Oct 2022
    10:40am

    My sincere condolences to the O’Donnell’s family

    Hephzibah Besong
    13 Oct 2022
    10:40am

    Papa you were a good example of a hero. Even at 90 you were still strong and independent you. You were so loved by every caregiver who cared for you. They always had something good to tell people about you. I especially will never regret working for you. I love you so much papa and I wish you were still here with us. Miss the fun walks to the poolside and to the fireplace and how every one we meet on the hallway will greet you with such a big smile. You were a grandfather to us and a father to many other nurses who cared for you. You and your children have shown us so much love and concern and have taken us to be their own family. Thank you for all you did for me and all the encouragements during my school days. I know you are proud to know I finally made it through school . Yiu always said you will write such a good reference and recommendations to any employer of my choice. I will never forget you . Adieu papa

    Johnny Roney
    13 Oct 2022
    10:40am

    Uncle Bill was always kind, gentle and entertaining with us children. He was a natural leader and had a great smile and laugh. My Dad and others would tease him and Billy would just laugh and not back down.
    Watching the genuine affection that Uncle Bill, Dad, Uncle Buddy, Jim, Brother Luke, Uncle Ed, Uncle Tom, Cousin Jess and many others all had for each other, even amongst the teasing and debating, was quite an education for an impressionable young man. God Bless you Uncle Bill and Aunt Bobbie and all the faithful departed.

    Mary Sue Roney
    13 Oct 2022
    10:40am

    The Roney family was connected to the O’Donnell family through several veins and their were funny and fun loving folks in both families. They had lots of parties but I especially loved the parties when Bobbi and Bill were in town! My condolences to the lucky children and grandchildren that had him for so many years.

    Mary Roney, Chelsea and MK
    13 Oct 2022
    10:40am

    Our prayers and thoughts are with the O’Donnell family. He was an amazing man and will be missed

    Betty Griffin Supinski
    13 Oct 2022
    10:42am

    Wonderful Bill and Bobbie! My heart remembers how the two of you glowed whenever you spoke each others name or when they were with our Circle. Bill loved to surprise Bobbie with little gifts especially Beanie Babies and Bobbie truly glowed as she shared each new surprise. My life was enriched in knowing them. Bobbie and I were members of Holy Spirit Circle and our husbands helped in the electronic section of our annual garage sale to raise money for the Oblate Mission. I thank God for their friendship.

Leave A Condolence

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Testimonials

Liza B.Dallas, TX
Read More
"I highly recommend this funeral home and crematorium; when I had to make and pay for my brother’s arrangements across state lines, Evelyn Montonya, in particular, demonstrated both compassion and professionalism and made a very sad and difficult situation much easier. Many thanks."
Gloria M.Dallas, TX
Read More
"The unexpected passing of my husband was a very difficult and trying time for my boys and I. I had the good fortune of having Abel walk us thru this process. Working with him was such a weight off my shoulders. He was professional, so polite and helpful. The service was beautiful – never did I feel rushed or like just another customer. They gave me the time I needed and I appreciate that so much! Also Mr. Brooks took special care of my husband as he is a fellow mason. I would highly recommend working with Abel and North Dallas Funeral Home."
Lance G.Dallas, TX
Read More
"Everyone at North Dallas Funeral Home was very professional, kind, and caring, in all steps of the process from the first phone call to the service held at their location. They help to make the process as easy and comforting in my opinion as to be expected, I would recommend their service to anyone. Thank You to everyone who helped me and my family. Sincerely,"
Jason H.Dallas, TX
Read More
"As soon as the call was made to Mr. Wayne Baxter all of my brothers final needs were taken care of. They walked me through what to expect the timeline and even dealt with the cemetery and the grave diggers. I was a hot mess due to my brothers sudden and unexpected passing. The experience was seamless and made it easy for my brother’s friends and family to say their last goodbyes. They even had the size to accommodate such a large group that showed up . The package deals that they offered were cost-effective and didn’t break my bank account. They included extras and accommodations that other funeral homes charged extra for. All the staff was amazing including Mr. Don Dodd . I can not thank them enough for all their help."
The Gillilands
The Gillilands[click to read more]
Read More
Dear John,

It was such a nice pleasure to meet you, and what you had planned for my father just took my breath away. It was so special to hear you tell us how he would just come over to talk with you. I think it brought him much comfort. Tha you for putting that Air Force article of him on your website. I am going to have a replica made of the painting of his plane to give you.

Thank you again for all you have done to honor our dad.

Love, The Gillilands

Previous
Next

Get In Touch

Location

Immediate Attention

Contact Us

North Dallas Funeral Home

Search Obituaries

Important Information

  1. When a Death has occurred please call us to make arrangements and to have one of our care team members assist you and your family immediately.

    Toll-free: 1-800-300-1655 Local: 972-241-9100

  2. Click here to Download the Cremation Forms
  3. Have the cremation authorization form notarized
  4. Fax the forms back to us at:
    • 972-406-1480

Additional Information

Founder's Message

Dallas Funeral Planning