O’Donnell’s Funeral Homes Acquires Quincy Location

August 23, 2019
Caption for Photo: From left to right: Rory O'Donnell, General Manager with Jim O'Donnell President and owner stand next to Rod Cookson and Kyle Cookson in front of the Zehender-Robinson-Stormer-Cookson Funeral Home in Quincy. Caption for Photo: From left to right: Rory O'Donnell, General Manager with Jim O'Donnell President and owner stand next to Rod Cookson and Kyle Cookson in front of the Zehender-Robinson-Stormer-Cookson Funeral Home in Quincy.

Hannibal, MO – The James O’Donnell Funeral Home of Hannibal is acquiring the Zehender-Robinson-Stormer-Cookson Funeral Home in Quincy, IL.

The purchase will be complete at the end of September with the Quincy location re-branded as the O’Donnell-Cookson Life Celebration® Home to honor both the new and most recent owners, the Cookson family. The James O’Donnell family-owned funeral homes are expanding to four locations with this acquisition extending the reach of Life Celebration Experiences into another community.

“We are honored to be able to assist families in the Quincy region. I am very proud to be a fifth-generation funeral director serving my hometown and surrounding communities,” said President and owner Jimmy O’Donnell. “Helping families at a tough time has always been very important to our family in more ways than one. I am very pleased to announce my brother Rory O’Donnell will be the General Manager of O’Donnell-Cookson Life Celebration® Home®.”

Rory and his family will also reside in Quincy. Rod Cookson and the current staff will stay on to continue their work with the O’Donnell family. Kyle Cookson is retiring to Manhattan, Kansas to be closer to family.

The O’Donnell’s have been serving Northeast Missouri families for over 100 years. Jimmy O’Donnell said the Life Celebration Home® is a concept that is transforming the industry and providing families with more options. The Life Celebration Home® experience creates an immersive, healing environment full of personalized memorials that include photographs, memorabilia, special honors, photo collages, mementos, music and other unique tributes – anything that celebrates and tells the story of the life of a loved one.

In 1895, the James O’Donnell Funeral Home began operating in Hannibal. In 2001, Jim O’Donnell became the fifth generation to join the Funeral Home. The James O’Donnell Funeral Home also owns and operates Lewis Brothers Funeral Home in Palmyra, and The James O’Donnell Life Celebration Home® in Monroe City, MO. More information is available from the James O’Donnell Funeral Home at 573-221-8188 or online at jamesodonnellfuneralhome.com.