Horace James O’Dell, 95, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018.
He was born on Jan. 26, 1922, to Millard Filmore O’Dell and Sarah Jane Parks O’Dell in Hanging Dog. Horace was preceded in death by his sisters, Josephine Long (Jack), Janice Palmer (Wayne), Alma Hamilton (Pat); brothers, Howard (Stella), Homer, Roscoe (Bonnie) (Vanna); and his son, David Conrad O’Dell.
He is survived by his brother Charles (Helen). He had many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Horace served in the U.S. Army on the front lines during World War II in the European Theater, protecting our country. After the war, he married Georgia Lee Hayes. They had eight children: daughter Alice Kathleen O’Dell (Paul) Dean; daughter Marlene Nancy O’Dell (Richard Lyons) (Glen Vadnais) Vadnais; daughter Barbara Ann Bradley; daughter Mary Lee O’Dell (Randy Redden) (James Janson) Janson; daughter Dorothy Lynn O’Dell (Scott) Hicks; son Sam Horace (Brenda) O’Dell; son Winston Tom O’Dell; and son David Conrad O’Dell.
His grandchildren were Elizabeth Dean (Ernest) Macnab, Abbie Dean (Scott) Renaud, Shari Dean (Daniel) Wright, Julie Lyons (Jeff)Bricker, Meredith Lyons, Adam (Rachel)Redden, Christopher (Allison)Redden, Brett (Julie) Redden, Suzie Redden (Craig)Boneau; Tamra Bradley (Matthew) Abbott, Becky Bradley (John) Bonenberger, Heather Bradley, Tim Bradley; Sarah Hicks (Kristian) Kastelic, Mary Hicks, Aaron (Martha) Hicks, Paul (Mindy) Hicks, Jason O’Dell, Jacqueline and David O’Dell.
His great-grandchildren include Colin, Alisa, Alana and Chase Macnab; Matthew, Christopher, Maggie and Mollie Renaud; Michael, Rachel, Laura, Jonathan, Emily, Leah and Simon Wright; Owen and Audrey Bricker; Siara (Robert) Pikney, Ashlynn (Marvin) Alas, Julien (Lucero) Milbry and Jesse (Abby) Milbry; Samantha and Brett Bonenberger; Tim, Kaitlyn and Cheyenne Bradley; four children of Heather Bradley; Jordan and Cameron Redden; Jacob, Jeremy and Meribeth Redden; Camden, Elly and Zoey Redden; Archer and Haven Boneau; Victoria and Alexander Hicks; and Maya and Ben Hicks.
Great-great-grandchildren include Benji and Cooper Macnab; Paige Macnab; Rainy and Paisley Macnab; Marvin Jr., Adelyn and Sebastian Alas; Nayeli Milbry and Aaliyah Milbry.
Horace lived in the Akron, Ohio, area for more than 60 years. He worked as a welder and retired from General Motors, Terex division.
He was an avid gardener, planting gardens until he was in his 90s, and loved to ride on his lawn mower cutting his grass.
The family of Horace would like to thank the caregivers at Sunrise Senior Living and the wonderful staff at Harbor Light Hospice for their care.
Visitation was held from noon-1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at Newcomer Funeral Home, 131 N. Canton Road, Akron.
The funeral service began at 1 p.m. Interment followed at Hillside Memorial Park.