Our Staff

Our Staff

Our dedicated staff are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

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James O'Donnell Owner, Funeral Director, Embalmer

Born and raised in Northeast Missouri, James J. O’Donnell, graduated from Hannibal High School, has an Associate of Arts Degree from Hannibal LaGrange College and a Bachelor of Science in History from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. O'Donnell also holds an Associate of Mortuary Science Degree from Kansas City, graduated from Kansas Community College, and is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in both Missouri and Illinois.

In 2016 James J. O’Donnell joined the Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel as an owner, funeral director and embalmer. The O’Donnell and Lewis Families have joined together for generations assisting each other in serving the families of Northeast Missouri and look forward to being a part of the Palmyra community for years to come.

In the spring of 2012 Jim was appointed by Missouri Governor, Jay Nixon to the Truman State University Board of Governors in Kirksville, MO. Jim is also a member of the Missouri Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association, Illinois Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, past member of board of directors for the Hannibal YMCA, past member of the Hannibal Park Board and past member of the Hannibal Arts Council Board, past member of the board of directors for Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce, member of Early Bird Kiwanis, member of the Hannibal Elks Lodge #1198, member of the men's auxiliary at the Hannibal Veterans of Foreign War #2446, member of Hannibal Knights of Columbus Council #907, and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.

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Jeremy A. Lane General Manager, Funeral Director, Embalmer

Jeremy was born in Hannibal, MO, his parents are Rodger and Paulette Lane. As a youngster, Jeremy moved to Denver Colorado and attended school in Lakewood, Colorado through the second grade. The family then moved to Marysville, KS, where Jeremy ultimately graduated High School.

A graduate of Kansas City Kansas School of Mortuary Science, Jeremy served his funeral director and embalmer apprenticeship in Southwestern MO. Jeremy has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1998.

Jeremy has been associated with funeral homes in Columbia, MO and Booneville, MO before returning to Marion County in 2005. Jeremy joined the staff of the James O’Donnell Funeral Home in 2006. Jeremy has been a Lead Funeral Director and Assistant Manager at the James O’Donnell for many years. In 2015 the James O’Donnell Funeral Home acquired the Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra, MO. Jeremy has been serving as the General Manager of the Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel since 2017.

Jeremy is married to Melissa J. Lane and together they have 6 children, 1 son Matthew Lane; 5 daughters, Brook Lane, Madelyn and Mckinnley Meyer, Jerssy and Cassidy Lane. Matthew lives in Hannibal, Brook is completing college and studying to be a court reporter. Madelyn, Mckinnley, Jerssy and Cassidy attend schools in the Monroe City School District.

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David M. Lewis Funeral Director, Embalmer

David M. Lewis is a third generation funeral director. He did his undergraduate studies at Northeast Missouri State Univerity and graduated from St. Louis Community College Mortuary Science Program. He is a member of the National, Missouri and Illinois Funeral Directors Associations. Also, he has served on both regional and state funeral association boards. He is a past president for the Tri-State Funeral Directors Assoc. for Missouri, Illinois and Iowa.

He and his wife Gabe are members of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Palmyra.

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Matthew Garner Funeral Director Apprentice

Hi, my name is Matthew Garner. I was born in Hannibal, MO and raised for 11 years in Palmyra, MO. My family then moved to Columbia, MO where I am a 2012 graduate of David H. Hickman High School. I wrestled and played golf while attending Hickman. I had the opportunity of being able to play golf at the collegiate level for Quincy University. I am currently in mortuary school at the Commonwealth Institute for Funeral Service in Houston, TX. During the summers I like to play golf, fish, and take my kayak out on the Salt River and any other body of water I can find to go out on. When Fall and Winter come around I will spend all my free time in the woods deer hunting.

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Pam Martin Funeral Assistant

Pam has served Lewis Brothers for many years as a funeral assistant. She is formerly of the Nelsonville area and is a graduate of Philadelphia High School. Pam and her husband Greg have six children and live in the country between Palmyra and Philadelphia. Her enthusiam to assist others is just one of her endearing traits. 

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Paul Quinn Funeral Assistant

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Marty Smyser Funeral Assistant

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Paul Johns Funeral Assistant

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Anna Gottman Secretary, Office Manager

James O'Donnell

Owner, Funeral Director, Embalmer
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Born and raised in Northeast Missouri, James J. O’Donnell, graduated from Hannibal High School, has an Associate of Arts Degree from Hannibal LaGrange College and a Bachelor of Science in History from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. O'Donnell also holds an Associate of Mortuary Science Degree from Kansas City, graduated from Kansas Community College, and is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in both Missouri and Illinois.

In 2016 James J. O’Donnell joined the Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel as an owner, funeral director and embalmer. The O’Donnell and Lewis Families have joined together for generations assisting each other in serving the families of Northeast Missouri and look forward to being a part of the Palmyra community for years to come.

In the spring of 2012 Jim was appointed by Missouri Governor, Jay Nixon to the Truman State University Board of Governors in Kirksville, MO. Jim is also a member of the Missouri Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association, Illinois Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, past member of board of directors for the Hannibal YMCA, past member of the Hannibal Park Board and past member of the Hannibal Arts Council Board, past member of the board of directors for Hannibal Area Chamber of Commerce, member of Early Bird Kiwanis, member of the Hannibal Elks Lodge #1198, member of the men's auxiliary at the Hannibal Veterans of Foreign War #2446, member of Hannibal Knights of Columbus Council #907, and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.

Jeremy A. Lane

General Manager, Funeral Director, Embalmer
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Jeremy was born in Hannibal, MO, his parents are Rodger and Paulette Lane. As a youngster, Jeremy moved to Denver Colorado and attended school in Lakewood, Colorado through the second grade. The family then moved to Marysville, KS, where Jeremy ultimately graduated High School.

A graduate of Kansas City Kansas School of Mortuary Science, Jeremy served his funeral director and embalmer apprenticeship in Southwestern MO. Jeremy has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 1998.

Jeremy has been associated with funeral homes in Columbia, MO and Booneville, MO before returning to Marion County in 2005. Jeremy joined the staff of the James O’Donnell Funeral Home in 2006. Jeremy has been a Lead Funeral Director and Assistant Manager at the James O’Donnell for many years. In 2015 the James O’Donnell Funeral Home acquired the Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra, MO. Jeremy has been serving as the General Manager of the Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel since 2017.

Jeremy is married to Melissa J. Lane and together they have 6 children, 1 son Matthew Lane; 5 daughters, Brook Lane, Madelyn and Mckinnley Meyer, Jerssy and Cassidy Lane. Matthew lives in Hannibal, Brook is completing college and studying to be a court reporter. Madelyn, Mckinnley, Jerssy and Cassidy attend schools in the Monroe City School District.

David M. Lewis

Funeral Director, Embalmer
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David M. Lewis is a third generation funeral director. He did his undergraduate studies at Northeast Missouri State Univerity and graduated from St. Louis Community College Mortuary Science Program. He is a member of the National, Missouri and Illinois Funeral Directors Associations. Also, he has served on both regional and state funeral association boards. He is a past president for the Tri-State Funeral Directors Assoc. for Missouri, Illinois and Iowa.

He and his wife Gabe are members of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Palmyra.

Matthew Garner

Funeral Director Apprentice
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Hi, my name is Matthew Garner. I was born in Hannibal, MO and raised for 11 years in Palmyra, MO. My family then moved to Columbia, MO where I am a 2012 graduate of David H. Hickman High School. I wrestled and played golf while attending Hickman. I had the opportunity of being able to play golf at the collegiate level for Quincy University. I am currently in mortuary school at the Commonwealth Institute for Funeral Service in Houston, TX. During the summers I like to play golf, fish, and take my kayak out on the Salt River and any other body of water I can find to go out on. When Fall and Winter come around I will spend all my free time in the woods deer hunting.

Pam Martin

Funeral Assistant
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Pam has served Lewis Brothers for many years as a funeral assistant. She is formerly of the Nelsonville area and is a graduate of Philadelphia High School. Pam and her husband Greg have six children and live in the country between Palmyra and Philadelphia. Her enthusiam to assist others is just one of her endearing traits. 

Paul Quinn

Funeral Assistant
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Marty Smyser

Funeral Assistant
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Paul Johns

Funeral Assistant
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Anna Gottman

Secretary, Office Manager
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