MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — Louis "Lou" H. O’Donnell III, 76, of Michigan City, IN, passed away peacefully Friday, March 19, 2021, with family at his side.
Visitation will be held Friday, March 26, 2021, from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EST) at Sommerfeld Chapel, 15 N. Barton St., New Buffalo, MI. A Celebration of Life Service will take place on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at 11:00 AM (EST) at the funeral home. Out of respect for the family and guests in attendance; masks and social distancing will be required. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.sommerfeldchapel.com.
Lou was born on August 13, 1944, in Chicago, IL, to the late Louis II & the late Adelaide (Cummings) O’Donnell. He graduated from Mount Carmel High School and continued his education at Southeast Junior College. Following college, Lou enlisted in the US Army serving for 6 years earning the rank Staff Sergeant USR & awarded as a sharpshooter. Soon thereafter, Lou started his career path as a civil servant with the Chicago Police Department earning the title of Detective. 4 years later he changed direction, moving on to the Chicago Fire Department and becoming an Engineer on engine 121. He retired after 30 years of service. During these years, Lou also opened O’Donnell Construction, showcasing his talent for craftmanship, quality and design as seen in the many beautiful homes he built throughout Harbor Country.
Of course, none of this would have been possible without a supportive partner. In 1972, Lou married his sweetheart the late Linda (Werygo) O'Donnell, his wife of 44 years. He was a loving father to their 3 children - Louis IV, Carie & Joseph O'Donnell. Cherished grandfather of Benjamin, Fallyn, Joey Jr & Grant. Dearest brother to the late Jack O'Donnell (Marilyn). Favorite uncle to his nieces, nephew and great-nieces.
Lou was often seen practicing his shot at the range or farm fields, cruising his favorite Caddy's by land and boats along the shores of New Buffalo & Edwardsburg, MI. He also enjoyed the Chicago classics… Old Style Beer & Chicago style hot dogs. Lou was fondly known by many as “Big Lou” or “Mr. O.” A fitting name for a guy who lived large. He will be remembered for his unwavering dedication to his family and friends, his big opinions, laugh, heart & the twinkle in his eyes.