O’Don­nell, Sr., Ken­neth Eu­gene

The Sacramento Bee - - Nation & World -

April 17, 1933 – No­vem­ber 6, 2018

Born in Chanute, Kansas to Thelma and Ed­ward O’Don­nell, Ken­neth’s spirit crossed to the other side Tues­day in Sacra­mento, Cal­i­for­nia at the age of 85. He is pro­ceeded in death by both par­ents, his three older sis­ters, Frances Nadene Bis­bee, Pa­tri­cia Ket­ten, Dorothy Neubauer, his sec­ond wife Francine O’Don­nell and a daugh­ter, Ly­dia Larsen. He is sur­vived by his daugh­ters, Laura K. O’Don­nell, Karen Hale, Kim­berly Barkey; his sons, Ken­neth E. O’Don­nell, Jr., and Franklin Mu­niz; step­daugh­ter, Dawn Richards; grand­chil­dren that he raised and helped raise: Anna Ku­mar, Luis Mo­ran, Ber­nadette Naka­mura, Guadalupe Black­burn, Rigob­erto Flores, Abel Valle­jos, An­gelique O’Don­nell; grand­chil­dren, Ash­ley Hale, Danielle Hale, Kaitlin Hale, Aviana O’Don­nell, Alila O’Don­nell, Aden Smith; his first wife and life­time friend Al­berta (Bob­bie/Mum) O’Don­nell;

16 great-grand­chil­dren and 2 great-great grand­chil­dren. A Korean War Vet­eran , he was a life mem­ber of the Veter­ans of For­eign Wars, VA Post 4647 in North High­lands, CA. Serv­ing as a Sig­nal Mes­sage Clerk in the United States Army , he was Hon­or­ably dis­charged with a Korean Ser­vice Medal, United Na­tions Ser­vice Medal, Na­tional De­fense Ser­vice Medal, Good Con­duct Medal and ROK Pres­i­den­tial Unit Ci­ta­tion.

His pas­sion was base­ball, play­ing for the Sacra­mento Solons . He was proud to say he was re­cruited by the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates but un­for­tu­nately un­able to pur­sue his ca­reer play­ing base­ball when he was called to serve in the United States Army. He spent time play­ing base­ball in Japan where he learned to speak Ja­panese, which he re­mem­bered through­out his life­time. He grad­u­ated from Grant Union High School and at­tended Amer­i­can River Col­lege .He re­tired from the De­part­ment of De­fense at McClel­lan AFB af­ter

42 years of ser­vice. As the Di­vi­sion Man­ager of the Print­ing De­part­ment, he over­saw both the Air­force and Naval Di­vi­sions dur­ing his fi­nal years, re­port­ing to the Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer in Oak­land.

An avid bowler, he was rec­og­nized by the Cal­i­for­nia State Bowl­ing As­so­ci­a­tion for his 30+ years of ser­vice to the tour­na­ment and was the Pres­i­dent of the Sacra­mento As­so­ci­a­tion for the 1978 – 1979 sea­son. He served as Pres­i­dent of the Del Campo Girls Soft­ball League for the 1973 sea­son and coached sev­eral girls All Star teams through­out the 1970’s. An avid hunter and fisher, he loved the out­doors and en­joyed tak­ing his fam­ily camp­ing. A mem­ber of Thou­sand Trails , his fa­vorite lo­ca­tion was Snowflower in Emi­grant Gap, where he would take his RV un­til his later years. He en­joyed hunt­ing trips with his grand­son and neph­ews and looked for­ward to get­ting tags for out of state trips.

More than any­thing else, he en­joyed his large fam­ily, his Pepsi and vanilla ice cream. To al­low Ly­dia’s chil­dren to re­main to­gether, he self­lessly took his grand­chil­dren into his home and raised them. He strug­gled with Alzheimer’s for the last sev­eral years of his life and passed with fam­ily around his bed­side at his home near An­te­lope on Tues­day af­ter­noon, No­vem­ber 6th.

A cel­e­bra­tion of life will be held Tues­day, No­vem­ber 27th from 5pm – 8pm at Wood­creek Golf Club, 5880 Wood­creek Oaks Blvd, Ro­seville, CA.

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