Many families reach out after the conclusion of the services to let us know how much our support and guidance meant to them in their time of need, and we’re honored to receive such heartfelt praise. We feel that these messages speak for themselves and we’d like to share them with you.

If you feel we’ve gone above and beyond in supporting you through this difficult time, or would simply like to reach out and say thanks, contact us to share your thoughts or submit a testimonial below. It means the world to us to hear from you and know that we’ve made a difference.

Submit a Testimonial

Dear Jimmy, Your crew exceeded our expectations. I don’t know how you got so much creative, imaginative work done is such a short time. The walls and printings define the term Life Celebration. Those waiting at the door, drivers, directors, office, were all noticeably helpful. The 5th generation has kept pace with technological advances to truly ease the burden of the family. Forever grateful, M.C. and family

M. C. and Family

June 05, 2021

I would like to sincerely thank James O'Donnell and his staff for providing such a thoughtful and caring tribute in memory of my husband Hector Rivera. Pat Rivera and Family

Pat Rivera

March 30, 2021

I would like to sincerely thank James O'Donnell and his staff for providing such a thoughtful and caring tribute in memory of my husband, Hector Rivera.

Pat Rivera & Family

March 30, 2021

Thank you for everything you have done for us during Sena's passing. You did an awesome job on her Life Celebration & everything looked amazing

John, Candy & Frame Family

January 07, 2021

On behalf of the family of Gloria Jane Miller, I thank you for the care and attention you extended during the planning, and fulfillment of my mom's memorial. The photo walls and personalized momentos were deeply impactful. After the disappointment of having to postpone and reschedule due to COVID, the excellence of the memorial helped us all forget that. The staff at J.O.D.F.H. treated us like family and we are grateful.

S. Cook

January 04, 2021

We would just like to extend our thanks for a beautiful job with Dad's funeral. It was indeed over the top! He would have loved it. I will be sharing our picture book in Ohio with people! The staff was so friendly and helpful. Thanks again!

Barbara, Dennis and Lori Norfolk

December 04, 2020

Thank you so much for all the time, care and effort that was put into the arrangements for my mother-in-law, Joy Briscoe. The thoughtful details were noticed and appreciated by so many at the visitation, funeral and the burial. The use of the photographs we provided was absolutely wonderful - seeing them at the visitation was really great for me after a very difficult two weeks! Everyone I spoke to was so friendly and helpful. Thanks again for such a wonderful job!

Kristen Briscoe

November 13, 2020

I would be remiss if I didn't write to thank all of you. Your tireless efforts this past week yielded a true celebration of Mom's life..full of laughter, smiles tears, music and faith. Your attention to every detail helped make the celebration all the more special. For such a send off, we remain eternally grateful and thankful for your work. Thank you

Andrew W. Briscoe

November 11, 2020

We want to thank you for the beautiful service for Madaline Smith. Our family was beyond impressed by the thought, effort and creativity put into everything. We loved how you incorporated her hobbies and family members names into everything. It was an absolutely amazing and perfect way to honor this wonderful woman we all loved so dearly

Pamela Ford

October 27, 2020

The family of Douglas Gower thanks you and your staff for all you have done during Doug's passing. The rocking chair is above amazing. Thank you very much for everything!

Gertie Gower

October 15, 2020

Thank you so much for the way you and all of your employees handled Dad's wake & funeral. The visitation was an awesome celebration of life like we had never seen. It became a more relaxed atmosphere for our whole family. We greatly appreciate all that everyone did for us. You left no stone unturned. Thanks again.

Mike Branham and Family

August 24, 2020

Thank you for a beautiful service for Joe. You went above and beyond my expectations. I was moved - what a wonderful job. I can't thank you all enough!

Beverly Johnson and Family

August 20, 2020

My sincere thanks for taking care of my Mom's services. Although it was at a very difficult time in our country & our world. You patiently guided us through our planning and decisions for Mom. Sherry and Corey took many calls from me with additional questions. I was thankful all our family was able to be a part of the service and burial. It gave me solace to see Mom as I knew her before age and illness took her. God Bless you all.

Gayle Viorel

April 22, 2020

On behalf of myself and my entire family, I want to thank you, Gregg and the entire staff of the James O'Donnell Funeral Home for the kindness, compassion and sympathy you extended to us. I had not attended a "Life Celebration" visitation before and did not know what to expect. I knew it would be nice but you far exceeded my expectations. I was amazed and overwhelmed by all the different things you did with the pictures of Mom. It truly was a celebration of her life. You really caught the essence of who my Mom was and she would have been pleased and overwhelmed, too. You took the worst day of my life and made it better. Thank you!

Mark Burroughs

January 30, 2020

Just a little note to thank you for the lovely service for David Baudendistel. Your Celebration of Life is so uplifting, it helps take away the sorrow for the family. I'm sure your Daddy is very proud of what you've done with the family business.

Mary Beth and Linda

September 23, 2019

My family and I can't thank you all enough for the Celebration of Life you did for George Arch. You took what we told you about him and set up a beautiful tribute to his life. Thank you again for everything!

Ruthie Arch & Family

June 14, 2019

I want to say thank you to Jim and his staff for the wonderful life celebration and funeral they gave my Dad it really means a lot to us as a family to have someone care that much to provide the perfect services in our time of need, Thank You the family of Keneth Willing


February 26, 2019

I’d like to thank you for the wonderful service you provided to our mom, Lois F. Griffin. We had planned on having a closed casket because mom had suffered so, but after seeing her we decided to leave it open. She looked beautiful and at peace. We were just amazed at all the little details and everything you had set up to celebrate her life. Every member of your staff was so thoughtful and courteous. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything and God bless each of you. I think people should know what a wonderful job you do. If you were a hotel or restaurant you would get 6 Stars!!! I will miss my mom forever, but you made the whole thing a little easier. Thanks again.

Judy Newman

February 13, 2019

Thank you so much for the wonderful representation of Lauren's life through displays, brochures, banners, handouts and pictures. We appreciated all your hard work and effort to tell Lauren's story. Many people who did not know Lauren felt like they did afterwards because of what you did for our family.

Jeremy Underhill & Family

January 31, 2019

You and your staff's kindness has a way of touching our lives and making our hearts happier. It's people like you who make a difference in the world. You may not hear it often but you are appreciated very much. Thanks for all you did for our family for Ed's services.

Brenda Stolte

January 28, 2019

As we laid dad to rest this week, we cried a lot and we laughed a lot! It was and still is amazing to have seen the number of people dad impacted over his life, some of which he may have only came in contact with a few times, he left something with them that they will remember forever! The support each and every one of you that reached out over the past week has been absolutely amazing and really helped get through a tough time! Thank you! Jimmy O'Donnell and his staff blew us away! I grew up with Jimmy, and have watched his attention to detail on numerous occasions, from basketball, to carrying on a family legacy! Jimmy O, I promise you, your dad is very proud! We all have choices in life, but I promise you the James O'Donnell way is the only way!

Shannon S.

January 24, 2019

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the most beautiful Life Celebration you gave my father James W. Elliot. From the waving flag above the casket, the real tomatoes & green peppers for the farmer's market part of the his life, it was perfect. He would have gotten a good laugh of him being on the "Financial Advisers" and would have loved the music. Mr. O'Donnell - you are truly a man who understands the business, but mostly the business of the heart. May you and your O'Donnell family be blessed.

Jim Elliot and Teresa Orf

January 14, 2019

Like so many others I was amazed by the service provided by each and every O'Donnell employee. The service at the funeral home itself and the graveside service were wonderful. Distraught with grief, I left the Celebration of David's life feeling uplifted and knowing David would have loved the event. From the love of Minnesota, to the Cardinals, the family and the pups, his grilling and classic cars, the set up all over the room and playing on the walls were perfectly my David. Even the finer details meant everything to the family. If we, the family, could give them 10 out of 5 we would. We also received so many compliments on the service and coworkers said they felt like they knew him better. Thank you JOFH for giving us support, comfort and David's Life Celebration in such an amazing way

Kim S.

September 20, 2018

Thanks for the wonderful job you and all your people did for my family. Dad's service was so special and we really appreciate everything you guys have done for us.

Bobby Boland

May 30, 2018

Thank you so much for the professionalism, care, concern and attention to detail shown to our family during the preparation, visitation and funeral of our mother and wife, Jean McCurdy. We could not have asked for a more personal tribute to her. We are amazed and humbled at the time and attention that was given to put together her beautiful visitation. We are truly grateful.

The Family of Jean McCurdy

October 31, 2017

Words cannot express to all the staff at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home for all the details of preparing for the funeral of mom! The celebration of life for mom with all the posters, pictures, just the whole set up was just awesome!! You made our difficult time much easier! I am sure mom would be pleased! Nothing but high praise!!!! So grateful I had you to help us thru this time! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!


March 02, 2017

Words cannot express to all the staff at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home for all the details of preparing for the funeral of mom! The celebration of life for mom with all the posters, pictures, just the whole set up was just awesome!! You made our difficult time much easier! I am sure mom would be pleased! Nothing but high praise!!!! So grateful I had you to help us thru this time! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!

Steve Eicken

March 01, 2017

Mr. O'Donnell I am so impressed by you and your staff. I have no idea how you got all that stuff done in such a short period of time. I can definitely tell you take pride in what you do. You have a spirit of excellence that runs deep in who you are. The sausage biscuits was a fantastic touch, the life stations you set up were perfect, the blanket and pictures will be forever cherished and because of you I enjoyed this day of honoring my dad. I can't thank you enough for making the toughest day of my life easy. I am truly grateful. > >


October 15, 2016

Words cannot describe how much I appreciate you taking care of my husband. Every little detail was a shock and surprise but in a good way. So peaceful and beautiful. It is and was a very difficult time but us and everyone who works for you made it so much easier. He is at peace. Your Father Jimmy Sr. would have been very proud. Thank You


February 17, 2016

Your attention to detail was over the top! With the passing of a loved one it is always difficult to go through the visitation and services. Wanda Sharp wanted hers to be a celebration and it truly was a celebration of her life! The desk, dance apparel, stadium seats, banners, prayer cards, and of course the popcorn made her visitation a true testimony of her life. Thank you is not enough to express our gratitude for all you have done for us during this difficult time! May the Lord bless you and yours!

Corkey & Shari Gilbert

October 20, 2015

Thank you so much for going above and beyond for the visitation of our mom, we truly appreciate all of the things you did for us, from the wonderful photo cards to the fried chicken and the table set-up, everything turned out so nice and truly captured everything about our mother perfectly . Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Johnny, Janie and Family

September 25, 2015

I have never experienced such a wonderful tribute. When we walked into the packed church for my grandfather's funeral, we were led in by the Bishop of Missouri and about 15 Priests and Deacons. It was so touching, and James O'Donnell Funeral Home went above and beyond by recreating an old time barber shop- all of the special touches they put in surprised even our family. He would've been so impressed, and I am so proud because he deserved every bit of it!

Katie R.

August 21, 2015

James O'Donnell Funeral Home has serviced my family for generations, taking care of many of my loved ones. They have always been very helpful with the utmost respect and care for my loved ones as well as the surviving family. When my mother passed suddenly in 2013, I had no clue how to handle the arrangements. I knew exactly what she wanted so Jimmy walked me through the process and was very understanding. I don't know how I could have done it without him. I can't express enough how much I appreciate all the love and care we received from this family. You won't find better care anywhere else.

Chris Bertrand

May 19, 2015