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Pastor Mike O'DonnellOctober 22, 1958 ~ February 2, 2020 (age 61)
Michael Basil O'Donnell was born on October 22, 1958 and died on February 2, 2020.
Born to Mickey and Beverly (Keck) O'Donnell in St. Joseph, Missouri, he was the oldest of his siblings, Shanon, Dominick and Nick. He was the oldest of the 17 grandchildren of Basil and Marjorie Keck and his childhood was filled with spending time with his grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. It was his Grandpa Keck who instilled in him a love for sports, especially the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals, and Wichita State Shockers. It was his Grandma Keck who instilled in him a love for Jesus and the Bible.
When he was a young boy, Mike's family moved to Wichita, Kansas. He began attending Grace Baptist Church with his Grandma every Sunday. At the age of 7, he accepted Jesus as his Savior, and while at summer camp when he was 13, he surrendered to God's call to preach. It was while attending Grace that Mike met the love of his life, Peggy Walker.
Mike and Peggy were married on December 3, 1977 at Grace Baptist Church. After graduating from Baptist Bible College, Mike and Peggy moved to Ottumwa, Iowa to begin their first job in ministry. While there, their first child, Stephanie, was born. Just four months later, God moved the family back to Wichita to begin serving on staff at Grace. While serving there, they welcomed their second child, Michael, and third, Tyler. Pastor Mike became the senior Pastor at Grace in 1985, where he continued to serve faithfully the rest of his life.
In addition to his ministry duties, Pastor Mike spent time coaching his children in football and basketball, and he led the Sunrise High School girls basketball team to three straight state titles. He was a lifelong learner, earning a Master's degree from Friends University and a PhD from Louisiana Baptist University, and he shared his knowledge by serving as an adjunct professor at local universities. He was a frequent and beloved caller on local sports radio programs. On these programs, he was affectionately referred to as "Pastor Mike", and he was appreciated for his wit and insights.
As a pastor, he was involved in many ministries: AWANA, parenting classes, an after-school program, a prison ministry, a feeding program, Vacation Bible Schools, and many others. Most recently, he was helping restore families through a court sanctioned parenting program. He was willing to serve anyone, and he helped countless people during his 40 years of ministry. He distinguished himself with his unique willingness to minister to people who were struggling with poverty, addiction, and mental illness.
Pastor Mike was preceded in death by his grandmother, Marjorie Keck; grandfather, Basil Keck; brother, Dominic; and mother, Beverly. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Peggy; father, Mickey and step-mother, Diane; sister, Shanon; brother, Nick, and sister-in-law, Liz; daughter, Stephanie, and son-in-law, Andrew; son, Michael; son, Tyler, daughter-in-law, Katie, and apple-of-his-eye grandchildren Lucy, Laney, and London; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Grace Baptist Church
1414 W. Pawnee, Wichita, KS 67213