Friday, January 27, 2023

Julian Stephen ‘Steve’ O’Connell, 83, of Newport News

Julian Stephen “Steve” O’Connell (Weymouth Funeral Home)

Memorial Service: 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 29, 2023

Location: Weymouth Funeral Home

Visitation: Following the Service

Location: Weymouth Funeral Home

Julian Stephen “Steve” O’Connell, 83, originally from Winchester, VA, went to be with the Lord on January 20, 2023.  Steve moved to Newport News, VA with his wife, Nikki Ann O’Connell in 1969 from Northern Virginia to make a home and raise a family.

Steve enlisted in the U.S. Air Force not long after high school where he served for 4 years and earned the rank of Airman First Class. He was also very proud to be in the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and participated in many ceremonies including the inauguration of John F. Kennedy.

After serving in the Air Force, Steve was dedicated to his work and served his customers in the business machines industry. Although he officially retired in 2004, he continued to support his customers independently.

Steve had been an active leader of the Hampton Elks Lodge for over 50 years and was a Past Exalted Ruler and most recently, he held the role of Chaplain. In addition, he worked to promote youth and Veteran programs.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents, William Julian O’Connell and Hilda Cordelia Smithey, and just recently, his wife of 58 years, Nikki O’Connell. He is survived by his daughter, Kathleen (Katy) Lee Lorenti (John); his 3 grandsons, Christopher Smallenberg, Timothy Smallenberg, and Craig Warrick; his brother, James Michael O’Connell, and sister, Margaret Jane Requidan (Rick).

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 29, 2023 at Weymouth Funeral Home with Elks Rites and Military Honors. The family will receive friends following the service. Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home.

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