Robert Vincent O'Donnell

March 21, 1940April 14, 2014

Robert Vincent (Bob) O’Donnell, Age 74, of Bellbrook, OH passed away April 13, 2014 from a malignant brain tumor. He was born in Niagara Falls, NY. His father Oswald, mother Selene, and brother John preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 51 years Mary Ellen (Kitty), sons Peter (Diana) of Grand Rapids, MI and Drew (Michele) of Chapel Hill, NC and four grandsons: Brendan, Colin, Kevin, and Sean. He is also survived by his brother Jim (Jeanne) of Gig Harbor, WA. Bob was a graduate of Bishop Duffy High School (’58) and the University of Dayton (’62 B.S. Bus Admin, ’71 MBA). He was a proud officer in the United States Army and served as a fixed wing pilot in Munich, Germany and a Helicopter pilot in Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Air Medal Award, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. He loved Dayton and its rich aviation history. He retired from Standard Register after a thirty-three year career. In retirement he worked as an HR Block Income Tax preparer, a consultant for Heckmann Sales & Leasing, and served as the Executive Director of the National Utility Contractors Association of Ohio (NUCA). Bob was a proud supporter of The University of Dayton. He was a member of the Flyers Club, on the Executive Board of the Golden Flyers, on the UD Leadership Council and a UD basketball season ticket holder. He was also a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity. Bob was a longtime member of Incarnation Church. He served as the Director of Athletics for the parish and was a Charter member of the Knights of Columbus St. Leonard’s Council 10215. He also volunteered for Big Brothers Big Sisters, was the Treasurer of the Alter Boosters Association, a soccer coach, and a soccer referee. He was a member of several dinner clubs with close, long standing friends. His passions included golf, computers, travel, and enjoying time with his friends, his family and his wife. Bob and Kitty did everything together. He was known for his frugality, quick wit, and dry sense of humor. He liked to tell jokes, often sharing them at dinner parties. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother and he will be missed by all who loved him. The family wishes to thank all of Bob’s many friends who lent support and help during this difficult time as well as Dr. Ryan Bauman, Dr. Scott Bleser, the staff at St. Leonard’s Long term care facility and, most especially, Terri and Susan of Hospice of Dayton. Friends may call from 4-7 pm Wednesday April 23, 2014 at the TOBIAS FUNERAL HOME-FAR HILLS CHAPEL 5471 Far Hills Ave at Rahn Rd. Memorial Mass 10:30 am Thursday April 24, 2014 at Incarnation Church in Centerville, Ohio with burial in Woodland Cemetery, overlooking his beloved UD. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Bob’s name to: The University of Dayton UD Fund at 300 College Park Dr. Dayton Ohio 45469-7051 On line condolences may be sent to


  • Calling Hours Wednesday, April 23, 2014
  • Memorial Mass Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Nadine Rieser

April 28, 2014

Kitty and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing and offer you my deepest sympathies and prayers. May God bless you and surround you with His comfort.

Sharon Tyler

April 26, 2014

Kitty, I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Colleen told me when I told her about my Dad also passing on the 19th. I wish I could have attended his funeral but I was dealing with my own grief at the time. So sorry and know you are in my prayers.

Gina Sier

April 24, 2014

Kitty, Pete, Drew and families'
So sorry to hear of Bob's passing, he was a great guy who will be missed. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Stephen Ratcliffe

April 24, 2014

We are sorry to hear of your loss. He will be remembered, along with those who passed before him from the 174th AHC at our Memorial service during our Vietnam Unit Reunion next week in Florida.
Steve Ratcliffe 69/70 DucPho Vietnam

James Finefrock

April 23, 2014

James Finefrock U.S. Army 174th AHC Duc Pho, Vietnam; On behalf of the 174th, we the alumni salute Capt. O'Donnell and laud him for his distinguished service to our Country.

CSM(RET) David Nimmons

April 23, 2014

As a member of the 174th Aviation Company Heavy, I would like to pass on my condolence to the family. i did not serve with him , but he was a member of our unit and as a member we look out for our own. he is flying with God now, never to run out of fuel nor will he ever have to land. God bless.
CSM (RET) David and Mrs. Lori Nimmons. Viet Nam 1967-1968, 1970-1972

Jill O'Neil

April 22, 2014

I'm so sad to hear of Bob's passing. I have so many great memories of him in Niagara Falls and in Dayton. My condolences to the family.

Karen (Barstow) Lambert

April 21, 2014

Kitty, Pete, Drew & Family-
Very sorry to hear about Bob. He was a wonderful friend to my dad & mom for many years. Their lives were most certainly enriched by his friendship. I will never forget the beautiful "pumpkin" reading he read at my mom's funeral. I'm sure that was difficult but meant so much to Julie & me.
Thinking of all of you.

D. P. Nash

April 21, 2014

A hard charging military aviator has answered his last call to arms.

My dear, sweet Kitty, know that you and all those dear to you are in my prayers at this most difficult of times.

Very sincerely yours,

Pat Nash, Capt. Artillery, US Army

Ron Zlotnik

April 21, 2014

So very sad to hear of Bob's passing. You have our deepest sympathy and prayers for comfort and healing at this difficult time.