Ronald E. O'ConnellJune 26, 1936 ~ June 8, 2017 (age 80)
Ronald E. O’Connell, age 80, of Manteno, formerly of Kankakee, passed away on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at his home. He was born on June 26, 1936 in Kankakee, the son of Francis and Agnes (Dominque) O’Connell. Ronald was retired, working as a machinist at Bradley Roper and Caterpillar in Joliet and in management at Peddinghaus Corp. in Bradley. He was a United States Marine Corp Veteran serving from 1953-1956. He was a lifetime member of the Beecher Amvets Post 0067 and a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church in Kankakee where he spent a great deal of time volunteering for the past 20 years. He was instrumental in starting the St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry which is now the Catholic Church of Kankakee Food Pantry. Ronald also taught English as a second language and through that program he made many close friendships with his students, especially the Carmona family. He was very interested in the Native American Indian heritage and culture and loved the outdoors and photography.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen M. (Hartman) O’Connell of Manteno who he married on December 14, 1954 at Camp Pendleton Marine Base in California. He is also survived by five children, Michael (LaDonna) O’Connell of North Carolina, Randy (Cindy) O’Connell of Peotone, Keith O’Connell of Manteno, Carol (Todd) Morris of Minnesota, and Timothy O’Connell of Danville; eleven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; a sister-in-law, Jean O’Connell of Kankakee; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Janet O’Connell (September 1, 2012); two brothers, Elwood and LaVerne; and two sisters, Sharron Menigoz and Janice Betourne.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial visitation will be held at St. Teresa Catholic Church, 361 St. Joseph Ave., Kankakee, IL 60901 on Friday, June 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. A memorial funeral mass will be held at St. Teresa Catholic Church on Friday, June 16 at 11:00 a.m., Father Sunny Castillo and Father Tom Cargo officiating. A luncheon will be held immediately following the funeral mass. Inurnment and military honors will be held at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL on Tuesday, June 20 at 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Hospice of Kankakee Valley or to the family would be appreciated.