David Donnelly, 93, a well known Lebanon attorney, died Wednesday evening, Jan. 31, 2018, in Cox Medical Center South in Springfield.
He was born June 15, 1924, in Lebanon, Mo. to Governor Phil M. and Juanita F. McFadden Donnelly.
On April 16, 1955, he married Betty Jane Parmenter.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Betty, on June 14, 2015.
David was born and raised in Lebanon and graduated from Lebanon High School in the Class of 1942. He then entered Kemper Military College where he completed his studies with an AA Degree in 1944. He served in the United States Army beginning in 1942 and was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant in 1953. He attended the University of Missouri and the University of Missouri School of Law. He soon became a senior partner in the firm of Donnelly-Baldwin and Wilhite in Lebanon for many years. He had served as Circuit Judge, Prosecuting Attorney, Lebanon City Attorney, and Municipal Division Judge. He had served in many state positions including Chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party. He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge since 1942, and also was a member and former president of Lebanon Rotary Club since 1949. He had served on the hospital board for many years, was a charter Lebanon Ambassador and member of the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce. He received Lebanon’s highest accolade by being placed on the Wall of Honor in 2008.
David was a longtime active member of First Christian Church where he served as a deacon for more than 40 years. He also had served as chairman of the church board. He was a member of the board of the Drury College School of Religion.
He is survived by a daughter, Polly Donnelly Strickland and her husband, Keith, of Lebanon; two granddaughters, Erin Donnelly Strickland and Allie Rose Strickland, also several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for David Donnelly will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in First Christian Church of Lebanon with the Rev. Greg Turner and the Rev. Jerry Miller officiating. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery, under the care and direction of Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Lebanon.
Visitation will be at 1 p.m. until service time Monday in the church.
Memorial donations to First Christian Church may be made through the funeral home.
For more information or to view or sign the online memorial visit www.holmanhowe.com.


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