BRISTOL — Clarence E. O’Connell, 97, of Bristol, passed away at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, in his home.
He was born March 20, 1916, in Union Mills to Charles and Mary (Cox) O’Connell, and lived in the Bristol area for the last 10 years.
He was a factory worker at Allis Chalmers for 37 years.
On June 8, 1940, in Rolling Prairie, he married Barbara Driscoll. She preceded him in death on April 21, 2012.
He was a member of United Methodist Church in La Porte, attended Rolling Prairie High School and was a member of Do-Si-Doers Square Dance Club. He loved woodworking, fishing, gardening and spending time with his family. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Depression.
Clarence leaves behind two sons, John (Thelma) O’Connell of Clarksville, Tenn., and Michael (Carla) O’Connell of Bristol; four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife; one daughter, Diane Inacio; four brothers and two sisters.
A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 10, at Essling Funeral Home, with the Rev. Charles Finney officiating. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, at Essling Funeral Home. Burial will follow the service in Pine Lake Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bristol Church of the Nazarene, 401 Hilbish Blvd., Bristol, IN 46507. Family and friends may leave their condolences at www.esslingfuneralhome.com.