John Michael O'Connell Jr. of Hotchkiss died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Grand Junction. He was 50.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Hotchkiss.
Mr. O'Connell was born July 30, 1962, to John Sr. and Muriel "Maxine" O'Connell in Delta. He spent his childhood and attended school in Hotchkiss. He attended diesel mechanic school at Delta-Montrose Technical College.
Mr. O'Connell attended the Baptist Church and Assembly of God. He was a member of Klampers, an organization which does work for the needy and donates gifts for kids. He enjoyed playing Santa Claus, fishing, camping and vehicle restoration.
He is survived by his son, Daniel O'Connell and wife Erin of Hotchkiss; a daughter, Jaclyn Hall and her husband Clint of Quantico, Va.; his father, John "Jack" O'Connell Sr. and his wife Barbara of Hotchkiss; his mother, Maxine O'Connell and John Butcher of Winnemucca, Nev.; a brother, Steven O'Connell, his wife Val and their children Christina and Casey, all of Hotchkiss; seven grandchildren, Kaylynn, Ty and Ryker O'Connell, and Kole, Kadi, Kali and Kash Hall; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Arrangements were handled by Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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