Our Staff

Our Staff

Our dedicated staff are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

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James O'Donnell Owner, Embalmer, Funeral Director

Born and raised in America’s Hometown, James J. O’Donnell, graduated from Hannibal High School, has an Associate of Arts Degree from Hannibal LaGrange College and a Bachelor of Science in History from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. O'Donnell also holds an Associate of Mortuary Science Degree from Kansas City, Kansas Community College, and is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in both Missouri and Illinois.

In the spring of 2012 Jim was appointed by Missouri Governor, Jay Nixon to the Truman State University Board of Governors in Kirksville, MO. Jim is also a member of the Missouri Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association, Illinois Funeral Directors Associaton,National Funeral Directors Association, past member of board of directors for the Hannibal YMCA, member of the Hannibal Park Board,member of the Hannibal Arts Council Board, member of the Farmers and Merchants Bank and Trust Company Advisory Board, past member of the board of directors for Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce, member of Early Bird Kiwanis, member of the Hannibal Elks Lodge #1198, member of the men's auxillary at the Hannibal Veterans of Foreign War #2446, member of Hannibal Knights of Columbus Council #907, and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. 

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Linda O'Donnell

Linda O’Donnell, is a life long Hannibal resident. Linda is a graduate of Hannibal High School, John Wood Community College where she holds an Associate Arts Degree and Quincy University, where she earned a Bachelor Arts Degree in Media Studies / Journalism.

Linda is the wife of the late James V. O’Donnell, with whom she was married for over 30 years. Linda and Jim raised three sons, James J. O’Donnell, Rory P. O’Donnell and Jordan M. O’Donnell.

She brings a wealth of advertising and public relations experience to the James O’Donnell Funeral Home. In the past Linda has worked as a freelance writer for a variety of area firms.

Linda is member of Holy Family Church, past board member of the Hannibal Arts Council, member of the Quincy Racquet Club, and past president of the Catherine Richards Dillingham Circle of Kings Daughters and Sons

Linda enjoys tennis, golf, traveling, swimming, gardening, and spending time with her family.

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John Freiling Web Master, Office Manager

A rural Hannibalian, John Freiling comes to us from Ralls County. John graduated from Hannibal High School in 1972, has an Associate of Arts Degree from Hannibal LaGrange College, further study at Missouri University, Columbia, Truman State University, Kirksville, and Concordia University River Forest IL.

He is a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, where he serves as Vice President of the congregation and directs the Handbell Choir, and has served at Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Past Chairman of the Board of Elders. He has served as Vice President of Missouri University Extension for Ralls County and serves at a representative on the Northeast Missouri District University Extension Council, member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Missouri Funeral Directors Association, Board member of Miss Hannibal Pageant Board of Directors, Recently elected to the board of Marion County Services for the Developmentally Disabled, served many years on the Hannibal Concert Board, Affiliate Faculty for the American Heart Association, and a member of American Guild of English Handbell Ringers.

John enjoys fishing, traveling, photography, stain glass, woodworking, gardening, composing handbell music, model railroading, computers, and building lighted Christmas displays.

John and his wife, Mary, have three children, September, Johnathon, and Justin, and three grandchildren, Gage, Anna, and Jaxson.

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Kyle Anderson Embalmer, Funeral Director

Kyle Anderson was born in Concordia KS. and is a 1992 graduate of Clifton-Clyde High School. He received his Bachelors degree from Kansas State University and is a graduate of Kansas City, Ks. Community College’s School of Mortuary Arts and Sciences.

Kyle has 4 children, Kermie Gail, Caney (Izzie) Elizabeth,Rowdy Milton and Willow Aislinn Dee.

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Gregg Koelliker Embalmer, Funeral Director

Gregg was born, raised and began his funeral service career, in a small town in northeast Kansas. He graduated from High School and earned an Associate of Arts degree at the Highland Community Junior College in Highland, Kansas, He earned as Associate of Arts degree in Mortuary Science in 1981, at the Kansas City Kansas Community Junior College.

He is a member of the Free Will Baptist Church in Hannibal and serves on the ministerial staff, sings with the praise team, and is a youth pastor. He is president of the board of Marion County Services for the Developmentally Disabled, and serves as a chaplain both at the Hannibal Regional Hospital and the New London Fire Department. He has served on the Ralls County Flu Pandemic Committee for several years.

Gregg has a son, Tyler; two daughters, Morgan and Amelia; and three grandchildren. Somara, Rhoslyn, and Ethan.

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Jeremy A. Lane Embalmer and Funeral Director

Jeremy has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer for over 20 years. Jeremy currently assists with services in Hannibal and is the General Manager for Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra, MO

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Terry Miller Funeral Director

Terry J. Miller, a Hannibal native graduated from McCooey High School in 1966, has an Associate of Arts Degree from Hannibal-LaGrange College, and a Bachelor of Arts from Truman State University, and is a licensed Funeral Director. After 29 years of teaching at A.D. Stowell Elementary School, Terry retired in May of 2001.

He is a member of Holy Family Church, member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Missouri Funeral Directors Association, and retired member of Missouri State Teachers Association.

Terry and his wife Margaret, enjoy traveling, fishing, golf, and Nascar. They have one daughter, Michelle. 

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Bill Bown Funeral Assistant

Bill retired from BASF Corp after 38 years of service.  A Hannibal native, Bill enjoys watching his grandkids play sports and an occasional round of golf.  Bill has been  married to his wife, Diane for 35 years.

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Corey L. King Funeral Assistant

Corey L. King is a native of Hannibal, MO. He graduated from Hannibal Senior High School in 1988. In 2005, he received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Hannibal LaGrange College. He has served as a faithful Deacon and Trustee at Helping Hand Baptist Church located in Hannibal, MO, since 1995 under the leadership of Pastor Lindell Robbins. Corey is actively involved in his community and enjoys ministering the word of God.

He and his wife, Lisa King, have been married for eight years since May 2010 and reside in Hannibal, MO. They have four children, Jaykob King, and Mercedes King of Dallas, Texas, formerly of Hannibal, MO, and Chelisa Deere and Will Sewell IV of Hannibal, MO.

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Matthew Garner Funeral Director Apprentice

Hi, my name is Matthew Garner. I was born in Hannibal, MO and raised for 11 years in Palmyra, MO. My family then moved to Columbia, MO where I am a 2012 graduate of David H. Hickman High School. I wrestled and played golf while attending Hickman. I had the opportunity of being able to play golf at the collegiate level for Quincy University. I am currently in mortuary school at the Commonwealth Institute for Funeral Service in Houston, TX. During the summers I like to play golf, fish, and take my kayak out on the Salt River and any other body of water I can find to go out on. When Fall and Winter come around I will spend all my free time in the woods deer hunting.

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Mark Mueller Prearrangement Counselor

Born and raised in Monticello, Illinois

l Mark earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a minor in music at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois in 2000.

l Mark is a member of Arch United Methodist Church in Hannibal, MO and has lived in Hannibal since 2008 with his family.

l With his wife, Stacey, Mark enjoys singing with The Mark Twain Chorale. Mark and his wife have also had the honor of performing with the Hannibal LaGrange University Theater Department in recent spring Musicals.

l A sports fan, Mark enjoys following baseball. Other interests include music, theater and watching and coaching his son (Calvin) in his various sports activities. Mark is a 3rd generation Eagle Scout.

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Sheri Tate Bookkeeping, Secretary

Since 1999, Sheri Tate has been a part of the dedicated staff at James O’Donnell Funeral Home, Inc. She is a graduate of Hannibal High School Class of 1977. She worked under the direction of her parents in the family run business at the Pastry Box and now called Country Pastry for the past 35 years baking and decorating cakes.

She is a member of Holy Family Church. She likes gardening, traveling, and spending time with her family that includes her husband Bill, two children, Krista and Jared and daughter in law, Trisch. Her most enjoyable time is spent spoiling her grandchildren; Drew, Dawson, Lydia, Jaetyn and Traetyn. 

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Paula Quirk Bookkeeping

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Paul Johns Funeral Director Assistant

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Chris Ledbetter Musician

Since the age of 13 Chris Ledbetter has been playing piano and organ for weddings and funerals. She subbed for Anna May Chandler, (teacher and friend) when she was in high school and has been with the O’Donnell staff since Mrs. Chandler’s death in 1984. Chris graduated from Hannibal High School in 1974 and attended Hannibal-LaGrange College.

She is a member of Holy Family Church where she is in charge of music ministry at the church and Holy Family School. Chris is a member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians and the National Association of Letter Carriers Auxiliary #610.

Chris and her husband Gene have two wonderful children, Christina of Clearwater, Florida and Chad of Hannibal. Her hobbies include music, reading, playing cards, traveling, and most of all spending time with her family and friends. 

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Wendy Arnett Secretary

Born & raised in Hannibal, MO, Wendy graduated from Hannibal High School and furthered her education at Culver-Stockton College, where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree (BS) in Psychology.  After graduating college, Wendy moved to San Diego, CA for several years until family obligations called her back to America’s Hometown.

Wendy joined our staff in December of 2015. She assists our funeral directors with many different facets to ensure things run smoothly for families we serve.

Wendy is also currently the assistant women’s soccer coach for her alma mater, Culver-Stockton College, where she has served since the fall of 2013. She enjoys being active & outdoors, whether playing soccer or sand volleyball or taking her pups on trail runs. Wendy currently resides in Quincy, IL with her significant other, Matt, and their two dogs, Kingston & Niko.

James O'Donnell

Owner, Embalmer, Funeral Director
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Born and raised in America’s Hometown, James J. O’Donnell, graduated from Hannibal High School, has an Associate of Arts Degree from Hannibal LaGrange College and a Bachelor of Science in History from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. O'Donnell also holds an Associate of Mortuary Science Degree from Kansas City, Kansas Community College, and is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in both Missouri and Illinois.

In the spring of 2012 Jim was appointed by Missouri Governor, Jay Nixon to the Truman State University Board of Governors in Kirksville, MO. Jim is also a member of the Missouri Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association, Illinois Funeral Directors Associaton,National Funeral Directors Association, past member of board of directors for the Hannibal YMCA, member of the Hannibal Park Board,member of the Hannibal Arts Council Board, member of the Farmers and Merchants Bank and Trust Company Advisory Board, past member of the board of directors for Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce, member of Early Bird Kiwanis, member of the Hannibal Elks Lodge #1198, member of the men's auxillary at the Hannibal Veterans of Foreign War #2446, member of Hannibal Knights of Columbus Council #907, and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. 

Linda O'Donnell

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Linda O’Donnell, is a life long Hannibal resident. Linda is a graduate of Hannibal High School, John Wood Community College where she holds an Associate Arts Degree and Quincy University, where she earned a Bachelor Arts Degree in Media Studies / Journalism.

Linda is the wife of the late James V. O’Donnell, with whom she was married for over 30 years. Linda and Jim raised three sons, James J. O’Donnell, Rory P. O’Donnell and Jordan M. O’Donnell.

She brings a wealth of advertising and public relations experience to the James O’Donnell Funeral Home. In the past Linda has worked as a freelance writer for a variety of area firms.

Linda is member of Holy Family Church, past board member of the Hannibal Arts Council, member of the Quincy Racquet Club, and past president of the Catherine Richards Dillingham Circle of Kings Daughters and Sons

Linda enjoys tennis, golf, traveling, swimming, gardening, and spending time with her family.

John Freiling

Web Master, Office Manager
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A rural Hannibalian, John Freiling comes to us from Ralls County. John graduated from Hannibal High School in 1972, has an Associate of Arts Degree from Hannibal LaGrange College, further study at Missouri University, Columbia, Truman State University, Kirksville, and Concordia University River Forest IL.

He is a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, where he serves as Vice President of the congregation and directs the Handbell Choir, and has served at Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Past Chairman of the Board of Elders. He has served as Vice President of Missouri University Extension for Ralls County and serves at a representative on the Northeast Missouri District University Extension Council, member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Missouri Funeral Directors Association, Board member of Miss Hannibal Pageant Board of Directors, Recently elected to the board of Marion County Services for the Developmentally Disabled, served many years on the Hannibal Concert Board, Affiliate Faculty for the American Heart Association, and a member of American Guild of English Handbell Ringers.

John enjoys fishing, traveling, photography, stain glass, woodworking, gardening, composing handbell music, model railroading, computers, and building lighted Christmas displays.

John and his wife, Mary, have three children, September, Johnathon, and Justin, and three grandchildren, Gage, Anna, and Jaxson.

Kyle Anderson

Embalmer, Funeral Director
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Kyle Anderson was born in Concordia KS. and is a 1992 graduate of Clifton-Clyde High School. He received his Bachelors degree from Kansas State University and is a graduate of Kansas City, Ks. Community College’s School of Mortuary Arts and Sciences.

Kyle has 4 children, Kermie Gail, Caney (Izzie) Elizabeth,Rowdy Milton and Willow Aislinn Dee.

Gregg Koelliker

Embalmer, Funeral Director
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Gregg was born, raised and began his funeral service career, in a small town in northeast Kansas. He graduated from High School and earned an Associate of Arts degree at the Highland Community Junior College in Highland, Kansas, He earned as Associate of Arts degree in Mortuary Science in 1981, at the Kansas City Kansas Community Junior College.

He is a member of the Free Will Baptist Church in Hannibal and serves on the ministerial staff, sings with the praise team, and is a youth pastor. He is president of the board of Marion County Services for the Developmentally Disabled, and serves as a chaplain both at the Hannibal Regional Hospital and the New London Fire Department. He has served on the Ralls County Flu Pandemic Committee for several years.

Gregg has a son, Tyler; two daughters, Morgan and Amelia; and three grandchildren. Somara, Rhoslyn, and Ethan.

Jeremy A. Lane

Embalmer and Funeral Director
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Jeremy has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer for over 20 years. Jeremy currently assists with services in Hannibal and is the General Manager for Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra, MO

Terry Miller

Funeral Director
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Terry J. Miller, a Hannibal native graduated from McCooey High School in 1966, has an Associate of Arts Degree from Hannibal-LaGrange College, and a Bachelor of Arts from Truman State University, and is a licensed Funeral Director. After 29 years of teaching at A.D. Stowell Elementary School, Terry retired in May of 2001.

He is a member of Holy Family Church, member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Missouri Funeral Directors Association, and retired member of Missouri State Teachers Association.

Terry and his wife Margaret, enjoy traveling, fishing, golf, and Nascar. They have one daughter, Michelle. 

Bill Bown

Funeral Assistant
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Bill retired from BASF Corp after 38 years of service.  A Hannibal native, Bill enjoys watching his grandkids play sports and an occasional round of golf.  Bill has been  married to his wife, Diane for 35 years.

Corey L. King

Funeral Assistant
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Corey L. King is a native of Hannibal, MO. He graduated from Hannibal Senior High School in 1988. In 2005, he received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Hannibal LaGrange College. He has served as a faithful Deacon and Trustee at Helping Hand Baptist Church located in Hannibal, MO, since 1995 under the leadership of Pastor Lindell Robbins. Corey is actively involved in his community and enjoys ministering the word of God.

He and his wife, Lisa King, have been married for eight years since May 2010 and reside in Hannibal, MO. They have four children, Jaykob King, and Mercedes King of Dallas, Texas, formerly of Hannibal, MO, and Chelisa Deere and Will Sewell IV of Hannibal, MO.

Matthew Garner

Funeral Director Apprentice
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Hi, my name is Matthew Garner. I was born in Hannibal, MO and raised for 11 years in Palmyra, MO. My family then moved to Columbia, MO where I am a 2012 graduate of David H. Hickman High School. I wrestled and played golf while attending Hickman. I had the opportunity of being able to play golf at the collegiate level for Quincy University. I am currently in mortuary school at the Commonwealth Institute for Funeral Service in Houston, TX. During the summers I like to play golf, fish, and take my kayak out on the Salt River and any other body of water I can find to go out on. When Fall and Winter come around I will spend all my free time in the woods deer hunting.

Mark Mueller

Prearrangement Counselor
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Born and raised in Monticello, Illinois

l Mark earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a minor in music at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois in 2000.

l Mark is a member of Arch United Methodist Church in Hannibal, MO and has lived in Hannibal since 2008 with his family.

l With his wife, Stacey, Mark enjoys singing with The Mark Twain Chorale. Mark and his wife have also had the honor of performing with the Hannibal LaGrange University Theater Department in recent spring Musicals.

l A sports fan, Mark enjoys following baseball. Other interests include music, theater and watching and coaching his son (Calvin) in his various sports activities. Mark is a 3rd generation Eagle Scout.

Sheri Tate

Bookkeeping, Secretary
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Since 1999, Sheri Tate has been a part of the dedicated staff at James O’Donnell Funeral Home, Inc. She is a graduate of Hannibal High School Class of 1977. She worked under the direction of her parents in the family run business at the Pastry Box and now called Country Pastry for the past 35 years baking and decorating cakes.

She is a member of Holy Family Church. She likes gardening, traveling, and spending time with her family that includes her husband Bill, two children, Krista and Jared and daughter in law, Trisch. Her most enjoyable time is spent spoiling her grandchildren; Drew, Dawson, Lydia, Jaetyn and Traetyn. 

Paula Quirk

Bookkeeping
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Paul Johns

Funeral Director Assistant
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Chris Ledbetter

Musician
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Since the age of 13 Chris Ledbetter has been playing piano and organ for weddings and funerals. She subbed for Anna May Chandler, (teacher and friend) when she was in high school and has been with the O’Donnell staff since Mrs. Chandler’s death in 1984. Chris graduated from Hannibal High School in 1974 and attended Hannibal-LaGrange College.

She is a member of Holy Family Church where she is in charge of music ministry at the church and Holy Family School. Chris is a member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians and the National Association of Letter Carriers Auxiliary #610.

Chris and her husband Gene have two wonderful children, Christina of Clearwater, Florida and Chad of Hannibal. Her hobbies include music, reading, playing cards, traveling, and most of all spending time with her family and friends. 

Wendy Arnett

Secretary
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Born & raised in Hannibal, MO, Wendy graduated from Hannibal High School and furthered her education at Culver-Stockton College, where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree (BS) in Psychology.  After graduating college, Wendy moved to San Diego, CA for several years until family obligations called her back to America’s Hometown.

Wendy joined our staff in December of 2015. She assists our funeral directors with many different facets to ensure things run smoothly for families we serve.

Wendy is also currently the assistant women’s soccer coach for her alma mater, Culver-Stockton College, where she has served since the fall of 2013. She enjoys being active & outdoors, whether playing soccer or sand volleyball or taking her pups on trail runs. Wendy currently resides in Quincy, IL with her significant other, Matt, and their two dogs, Kingston & Niko.

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