William Onderdonk

William Onderdonk

Tuesday, June 4th, 1935 Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

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Obituary for William J. Onderdonk

William J. Onderdonk, 84, of Spring Lake Heights, passed away on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.
Bill was born in New York and raised in Brielle. He graduated from Manasquan High School and attended Drew University. He then served in the Navy, where he was trained as an aviator. He went on to a successful career as a manufacturing executive. Upon retiring he worked for many years as a crossing guard at the Spring Lake Heights School, and as a beach badge attendant at the Spring Lake beach. He enjoyed spending time at the beach and with his family.
Bill was predeceased by his wife Mary Lee (Forrest) in 1987. He is survived by his daughter, Susan Onderdonk Haste, of Spring Lake Heights, and by his son, Jeffry Onderdonk, of Euless, Tx. He was the beloved grandfather of Adam William and Garrett Aiden Haste, and Kathryn Mary, Rebecca Ann and Thomas Archer Onderdonk. Also surviving are Bill’s former son-in-law, Cameron Haste, his former daughter-in-law, Tina Onderdonk, and his sister, Carol Milonas.
Memorial visitation will take place at O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Hwy. 35, Wall, on Saturday, February 1, 2020, from 2-5 PM, with military honors to be conducted at 5 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory may be made to Spring Lake First Aid Squad, 309 Washington Avenue, PO Box 94, Spring Lake NJ 07762, or to the Spring Lake Heights Police Association, 555 Brighton Avenue, Spring Lake Heights, NJ 07762. Condolences may be sent via

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 1st, 2020 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    O'Brien Funeral Home - Wall
    2028 NJ-35
    WALL, NJ
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    Saturday, February 1st, 2020
    2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Military honors will be conducted at 5 PM.
  • Interment

    Private Cremation
    4201 Rt. 33
    Tinton Falls, NJ
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Bob Abate

I was taking my Granddaughter to school one day and noticed a car with a
Naval Aviation tag on the rear. After dropping her off, I walked over to the car to introduce myself - a Navy Veteran with a bit of flight training.

That began a friendship of several years and whenever my wife and I visited our Grandchildren, a stop at Bill’s Crossing Guard Post was a must for me. We were two Navy guys with a lot of mutual interests and shared them face-to-face and via email.

I called Bill a couple of times once he was ill but didn’t want to possibly bother him at the wrong time during his recuperation. It was quite a shock to learn of his death and I will truly miss a good friend and a wonderful example of a Senior Citizen and a Veteran who served his Country with Honor and Distinction.

Bob Abate
Yonkers, New York
Comment | Posted at 04:35pm via Condolence

Susan Haste

Thank you so much for sharing. He told me about you and how much he enjoyed your conversations when you were in town. Best Regards, Susan Onderdonk Haste
Posted at 08:37pm

Stephanie Jones

Pop Pop you will be missed Rest in peace
Comment | Posted at 07:36pm via Condolence

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