September 17, 1922 – March 26, 2019

Richard E (Dick) Donnelly, 96, formerly of Newton, IL passed away on March 26, 2019 in Schulenburg, TX.

Memorial service will be held at Sacred Heart Church Hallettsville at 11 AM on Monday April 1st. Rosary will be recited at 10:30 AM at the Church prior to the Mass. Interment will be at a later date in Vanderhoof Cemetery, Jasper County, IL. Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Church, Hallettsville; St. Rose Church, Schulenburg; Hospice of South Texas, Hallettsville; or donors choice. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Koenig-Belvill Funeral Home & Cremations, La Grange, TX. Family and friends can view and sign the guestbook online at

Dick was born in LaSalle, Illinois on September 17, 1922 the second of three children of Howard E Donnelly and Anna Rose (Shortell) Donnelly. He, along with his older brother Bob and younger sister Pat, was raised by Aunts and Maternal Grandfather after being orphaned at age 12. After graduating high school, Dick was in the Civilian Conservation Corps, worked on farms, and was a deck hand on river barges before enlisting in the US Navy. During WWII he served in the Mediterranean, Africa, Philippines, and the South Pacific. Following his Honorable Discharge, he moved to Decatur, IL where he met Rita May. Following a 3 month courtship, they were married in May 1946 at her parent's home in Newton, IL by the same minister, who married her parents and grandparents. In 1951, they moved to the farm near Newton, where they resided until moving to Hallettsville, TX in 1996 to be near their grandchildren.

Dick never met a stranger, he always had a smile, kind word, and maybe a joke for everyone he met. He was a farmer and worked at many jobs before becoming the owner/operator of a lumber company and sawmill in Newton. After retirement he and Rita traveled the US. Wherever they stopped he always found a place to fish.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion.

Dick is survived by his wife of 72 years, Rita of Schulenburg. Son, Thomas “Tom” Donnelly of Hallettsville, TX; grandchildren, Timothy “Tim” Donnelly and Julie of Kyle, TX, Rebecca “Becky” Erb and Michael of Corinth, TX; sister-in-law, Judy Morr of Jewett; one great-grandchild, Nolan Donnelly, and 8 nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter Susan Donnelly; brother Robert Donnelly and wife Cecilia; sister Patricia Shinneman and husband Dale; daughter-in-law Linda Donnelly and brothers-in-law, Eugene Morr and Thomas Newlin.