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Kenneth John O’Donnell

Kenneth John O’Donnell, 82, of Champaign, Ill., passed away at 2:16 a.m. on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, Ill.

Ken was born December 31, 1938, in Urbana, Ill. to parents Cletus and Virginia O’Donnell.

Ken is survived by his son, Tim (Connie) O’Donnell; his dearest Darlene Klingel and daughter Andrea Betzler; two grandsons, Bryan (Kasee) O’Donnell and Travis Dawson; two granddaughters, Baylee O’Donnell, Brittany Dawson (Billy Mohn); five great-grandchildren, Sydney and Eli O’Donnell, Kinsley Dawson, Piper and Parker Dawson; and brother Bill (Diann) O’Donnell.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Linda Dawson; son-in-law Rick Dawson; and brothers Raymond O’Donnell and Arthur O’Donnell and sister Louise O’Donnell.

Ken retired from the University of Illinois Printing Department in 2004.

Ken enjoyed spending two decades of dirt track racing with his son, Tim. He also loved going to car shows with his antique cars. Ken deeply appreciated spending time with his family and friends. Ken’s love for his son was mutual and like no other. Ken was widely known for his great sense of humor, and his family and friends will treasure all the laughter they shared with him.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Burial will take place at Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign.

Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm, Champaign, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Condolences may be offered online at heathandvaughn.com.



We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

—Mike and Lynn Armstrong
Aladdin Electric