Jerry O’Connell, 61, formerly of Spring Valley

Jerry O’Connell

Jerry F. O'Connell, 61, of Naples, Fla., died peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.

He was born in Austin on Nov. 24, 1957.

He graduated from Spring Valley High School.

He started working in the family business with his dad and brothers before and after gradation. 

He married the love of his life, Ronda on Feb. 25, 1984, and enjoyed 35 years of marriage.

He worked as a heavy equipment operator and foreman for Mitchel & Stark since 1984. He learned from the best watching his dad, Nickolas. He enjoyed demolition derbies and Sunday morning Harley rides for breakfast and Bloody Marys. He could fix any small engine that needed fixing. He entered many backhoe rodeos and competitions over the years, often coming home with the trophy. He was the best backhoe operator around. He spent his life working hard and enjoying his beer. He took pride in taking care of his family and was always there for anyone in need. He spent his free time heckling and teasing his grandkids, but he met his match with his grandson Tremario.

He is survived by his loving wife, Ronda; three children, Crystal (Marcus) O'Connell of Naples, Fla., Jake (Sarah) O'Connell of Kansas City, Mo., and Amanda (Andrew) Courtney of Alva, Fla.; six grandchildren, Kaleiha, Marcus, Tremario, Marissa, Madison and Abigail; siblings, Jim (Vicky) O'Connell of Spring Valley, Dave (Laure) O'Connell of Hudson, Wis., Joe (Patty) O'Connell of Spring Valley, Lori (Alec) of Grand Meadow, Bryan (Kathy) of Spring Valley, Wayne (Brenda) O'Connell of Byron and Lana (Dave) Blanchard of Spring Valley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nickolas O'Connell, in April 1999 and Lois O'Connell in September 2018.

The family will have a private celebration of life at their home.