Our Staff

Our staff's commitment to you 

Our staff is committed to providing support, compassion, information, and direction as needed to all members of our community, their families, and friends who are dealing with loss and grief.

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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-who currently works in the family firm, Rory P. O’Donnell, who lives in Chicago, IL and works on the Chicago Board of Trade, and Jordan M. O’Donnell, a sophomore at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO.

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, she currently assists the funeral home in its advertising and promotions as well as assisting with funerals from time to time.
Linda is member of Holy Family Church, 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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Jeff Voepel Funeral Director Assistant

In 1986 Jeff Voepel graduated from Ritenour High School in St. Louis and in 2009 He earned a Bachelor of Science in Christian Education, and 2 minors in Youth and Music Ministry and Psychology.  Jeff is a licensed and ordained Baptist Minister at Emerson Baptist Church.  He also volunteers as Chaplain at Hannibal Regional Hospital and is Chaplain at Beth Haven Nursing Home.

Jeff is Married to Donna Voepel and it the proud father of 5 daughters; Samantha Ann, Brooke Rene, Courtney, Jessica Nicole and Rebekah Elaine.  They have one grandchild Mary Elizabeth and one more on the way.

Jeff loves sports especially the Seattle Seahawks, and follows the St Louis Blues, St. Louis Cardinals, and Sacramento Kings.

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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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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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John Schafer Funeral Director Assisant

John and Jane Schafer moved to Hannibal in 1987 from Colorado. Their two daughters, J’Lynne Mundle and J’Nelle Schafer Lee, teach in the Hannibal Public Schools. They have two fine sons-in-law, Dale Mundle and Joshua Lee, and one spectacular grandson, Jordan.

John and Jane have doctorate degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia. John also has professional certification as a Certified Public Accountant. John and Jane teach full-time at Hannibal-LaGrange College. John teaches in the business department and Jane is the Director of Teacher Education. John enjoys the opportunity to serve and learn by working part-time at the James O’Donnell Funeral Home, Inc.

John serves on the Kids in Motion Board and is on the A+ Schools Advisory Board. He and his wife are members of Fifth Street Baptist Church.

In his free time, John enjoys traveling, bicycling, reading, and spending time with family and friends. 

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Joe Haynes Funeral Director Assisant

Better known as “Big Joe” Charles Joseph Haynes, was born in Ilasco, Missouri, and then moved to Hannibal at an early age. After graduating from Hannibal High School in 1952, Joe served two years in the United States Army. After 34 years of service, Joe retired from the Hannibal Fire Department in 1989. Joe drove a School bus for Hannibal Public Schools for 16 years and continues to help out as needed. Joe joined the funeral home staff in 1989.

Joe is a member of the American Legion and was past Commander in 1975. He is Baptist by faith. Joe and his wife Betty, enjoy traveling and spending time with friends and family that includes four daughters, Cindy, Susan, Becky, and Juli, and his most prized possessions, 8 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

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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. 

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-who currently works in the family firm, Rory P. O’Donnell, who lives in Chicago, IL and works on the Chicago Board of Trade, and Jordan M. O’Donnell, a sophomore at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO.

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, she currently assists the funeral home in its advertising and promotions as well as assisting with funerals from time to time.
Linda is member of Holy Family Church, 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.

 

Jeff Voepel

Funeral Director Assistant
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In 1986 Jeff Voepel graduated from Ritenour High School in St. Louis and in 2009 He earned a Bachelor of Science in Christian Education, and 2 minors in Youth and Music Ministry and Psychology.  Jeff is a licensed and ordained Baptist Minister at Emerson Baptist Church.  He also volunteers as Chaplain at Hannibal Regional Hospital and is Chaplain at Beth Haven Nursing Home.

Jeff is Married to Donna Voepel and it the proud father of 5 daughters; Samantha Ann, Brooke Rene, Courtney, Jessica Nicole and Rebekah Elaine.  They have one grandchild Mary Elizabeth and one more on the way.

Jeff loves sports especially the Seattle Seahawks, and follows the St Louis Blues, St. Louis Cardinals, and Sacramento Kings.

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. 

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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John Schafer

Funeral Director Assisant
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John and Jane Schafer moved to Hannibal in 1987 from Colorado. Their two daughters, J’Lynne Mundle and J’Nelle Schafer Lee, teach in the Hannibal Public Schools. They have two fine sons-in-law, Dale Mundle and Joshua Lee, and one spectacular grandson, Jordan.

John and Jane have doctorate degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia. John also has professional certification as a Certified Public Accountant. John and Jane teach full-time at Hannibal-LaGrange College. John teaches in the business department and Jane is the Director of Teacher Education. John enjoys the opportunity to serve and learn by working part-time at the James O’Donnell Funeral Home, Inc.

John serves on the Kids in Motion Board and is on the A+ Schools Advisory Board. He and his wife are members of Fifth Street Baptist Church.

In his free time, John enjoys traveling, bicycling, reading, and spending time with family and friends. 

Joe Haynes

Funeral Director Assisant
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Better known as “Big Joe” Charles Joseph Haynes, was born in Ilasco, Missouri, and then moved to Hannibal at an early age. After graduating from Hannibal High School in 1952, Joe served two years in the United States Army. After 34 years of service, Joe retired from the Hannibal Fire Department in 1989. Joe drove a School bus for Hannibal Public Schools for 16 years and continues to help out as needed. Joe joined the funeral home staff in 1989.

Joe is a member of the American Legion and was past Commander in 1975. He is Baptist by faith. Joe and his wife Betty, enjoy traveling and spending time with friends and family that includes four daughters, Cindy, Susan, Becky, and Juli, and his most prized possessions, 8 grandchildren and one great grandchild.

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.