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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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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Gregg Koelliker Funeral Director and Embalmer

Gregg was born, raised and began his funeral service career, in a small town in northeast Kansas. He graduated from High School and earned an Associate of Arts degree at the Highland Community Junior College in Highland, Kansas, He earned as Associate of Arts degree in Mortuary Science in 1981, at the Kansas City Kansas Community Junior College.

He is a member of the Free Will Baptist Church in Hannibal and serves on the ministerial staff, sings with the praise team, and is a youth pastor. He is president of the board of Marion County Services for the Developmentally Disabled, and serves as a chaplain both at the Hannibal Regional Hospital and the New London Fire Department. He has served on the Ralls County Flu Pandemic Committee for several years.

Gregg has a son, Tyler; two daughters, Morgan and Amelia; and three grandchildren. Somara, Rhoslyn, and Ethan.

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Marty Smyser Funeral Apprentice and General Manager

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Paul Quinn Funeral Assistant

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Paul Johns Funeral Assistant

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Anna Gottman 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.

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.

Gregg Koelliker

Funeral Director and Embalmer
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Gregg was born, raised and began his funeral service career, in a small town in northeast Kansas. He graduated from High School and earned an Associate of Arts degree at the Highland Community Junior College in Highland, Kansas, He earned as Associate of Arts degree in Mortuary Science in 1981, at the Kansas City Kansas Community Junior College.

He is a member of the Free Will Baptist Church in Hannibal and serves on the ministerial staff, sings with the praise team, and is a youth pastor. He is president of the board of Marion County Services for the Developmentally Disabled, and serves as a chaplain both at the Hannibal Regional Hospital and the New London Fire Department. He has served on the Ralls County Flu Pandemic Committee for several years.

Gregg has a son, Tyler; two daughters, Morgan and Amelia; and three grandchildren. Somara, Rhoslyn, and Ethan.

Marty Smyser

Funeral Apprentice and General Manager
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Paul Quinn

Funeral Assistant
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Paul Johns

Funeral Assistant
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Anna Gottman

Office Manager
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