Jack L. O'Dell


Jack L. O'Dell, 88, Middlebury, died at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Elkhart General Hospital, surrounded by his children and grandchildren.
He was born Dec. 14, 1930, in Elkhart, to Charles A. and Mildred Alice (Books) O'Dell.
On Jan. 3, 1953, in Elkhart, he married Jacqueline J. Gleason. She died June 19, 2014.
Surviving are two daughters, Debra A. (Randy) Fenwick, Middlebury, and Kathy M. (Jeff) Whitehurst, Berne; two sons, Michael S. (Deb) O'Dell, Berne, and Timothy P. (Vickie) O'Dell, Middlebury; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Marge O'Dell; and brother, Richard O'Dell.
Jack was a member the VFW and American Legion Post 210 in Middlebury. He was a 1949 graduate of Elkhart High School and was a Korean War veteran who served in the United States Marine Corps from 1950 to 1953. He received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Tri-State University in 1958.
He enjoyed carving, writing poetry, painting and wood working.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 S. Main St., Middlebury.
Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, also at the funeral home. Services will be conducted by Pastor Ron Russell.
Burial with full military rights will take place at Grace Lawn Cemetery, Middlebury.
Memorials may be given to Gideons International.
Online condolences may be offered at millerstewartfuneralhome.com
Published on January 7, 2019
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