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William Richard Ondell, Sr.

June 12, 1948 - November 13, 2021

William R. “Bill” Ondell, Sr., 73, of Thaxton, VA passed away on November 13, 2021, at his residence. He was born in Dayton, OH, on June 12, 1948. He is the son of the late Earl W. Ondell, Sr. and Marjorie Helen Martin Ondell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Earl W. Ondell Jr.

Bill served his country in the United States Army with the 1st Calvary, 3rd Infantry Division during Vietnam. He was a member of AMVETS and served as the National District 2 Commander having covered 7 states. He in past years loved bowling with family and friends. He enjoyed traveling to national tournaments and was also very proud of having bowled a 300. Bill was very involved in the Williamson Rd. Rec. Club and an avid NASCAR fan. He worked for the Roanoke Times as a pressman for many years and worked for the Buffalo Evening News, and the Courier Express.

Bill is survived by his two children, Jennifer DiGregorio and her husband, Anthony of Wilmington, NC and his son, William R. Ondell, Jr. of Jacksonville, NC; 8 grandchildren, Jessica Martin, Chelsea DiGregorio, Anthony DiGregorio, II., Ciara Ondell, William Ondell, Kaylan Dudley Henschel, Dylan Ondell and Megan Ondell; three great-grandchildren, Hope Ondell, Bretton Martin and Tucker Martin; one sister, Cheri Sinicki and husband, Michael; his girlfriend, Elaine Young; ex-wife and mother of his children, Judy McLaughlin; special friends and caregivers, Jeni Albrecht and her husband, Bob, Christina Warren and Carl DeHaven; Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, and many other friends.

A funeral service and celebration of Bill’s life will be conducted at 11:00 am on Monday, November 22, 2021. The family will receive the friends from 4:00 until 6:00pm on Sunday, November 21, 2021, Burial will follow the service in Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery with military honors. To send condolences online please visit obituaries.tharpfuneralhome.com. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford is assisting the family.

Burial Date November 22, 2021

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Miss you Billy, we were neighbors, friends, and brothers of the military. You were a Good Man.

Posted by Chris Dolan on August 16, 2022

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss Bill was such a wonderful kind and caring person he always spoke and he knew you by name. We will be truly be missed rest in peace.

Posted by Susan & Jeff Fowler on November 22, 2021

So sorry for his passing. Wish there was some way to have reconnected sooner but he made the years pass as if it was only yesterday. Prayers to all his extended family and know that we are with him in spirit.

Posted by Mike and Diane Matlock on November 22, 2021

To the Ondell Family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of my Brother-In-Arms, Wild Bill... He was a True AMVETS Member and will be truly missed! I will keep your family in my prayers during this difficult time. May GOD Bless you!

Posted by Ace Taylor on November 20, 2021

I am honored and blessed to have known Bill. We had a lot of fun and good times at all the AMVETS National Conventions. I will truly miss our phone calls. The Ondell family is in our hearts/minds/prayers for your loss. With deepest sympathy from AMVETS Department of Nebraska

Posted by Deborah Wehrli on November 19, 2021

I am truly sorry for Bill's passing. I will always remember the times we had deer hunting together when I was young, spending a few weekends at your house with your family in Cheektowaga NY, And I love the picture of you, my father, your father, brother and Shane, from your fishing trip at Oneida lake. It is on my wall and I look at it every day. Rest in peace my cousin. Harry Ondell

Posted by harry k ondell on November 17, 2021

So sorry Bill was a close friend I will miss him. We had a good time together. Eating breakfast was time to talk.

Posted by Charles Dick on November 17, 2021

So sorry Bill was a close friend I will miss him. We had a good time together. Eating breakfast was time to talk.

Posted by Charles Dick on November 17, 2021

It has been my distinct honor and pleasure to work with Bill in AMVETS. I have never met a more dedicated and capable person who had the welfare of our nation's veterans always uppermost in his heart. I know the health struggles he valiantly faced and I always admired his courage and determination. May the Lord bless all of you who knew and loved our dear Bill. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Michael D Halley on November 17, 2021

We glad we got to know him a good man

Posted by Johnson Debbie on November 16, 2021

We glad we got to know him a good man

Posted by Johnson Debbie on November 16, 2021

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