Edward Jarvis O'Dell
Edward Jarvis O'Dell
  • March 8, 1927 - August 20, 2015
  • Estes Park, Colorado

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Edward Jarvis O'Dell, Jr. of Estes Park, Co and Bellaire, TX. Son of Edward Jarvis Sr. and Margarethe (von Unwerth) O'Dell was born March 8, 1927 on his father's birthday In Talequah, Oklahoma. He passed away after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's Disease on August 20, 2015 at the age of 88 years, four months and 20 days, at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, TX

Ed lived in many towns in Oklahoma due to his father's position as division engineer with the Oklahoma State Highway Department. He was in elementary school in Shawnee, Oklahoma, Junior High School in Ada, Oklahoma and graduated from Durant, Oklahoma High School. Ed joined the Navy his Senior year at Durant and served several months before receiving a medical discharge. He later joined Army Reserve Unit in Woodward, Oklahoma with his final discharge from the Army Reserve being in Borger, TX.

After discharge from the Navy, Ed attended Oklahoma A&M and later Spartan Aeronautics, receiving his A&E mechanics license from that college.

Ed moved to Buffalo, Oklahoma in 1948 and married his wife of 65 years, Leatrice Joye Hall, in the First Baptist Church in Buffalo, on June 11, 1950

Ed worked for Phillips Petroleum Pipeline for eight years before moving to Greeley, Colorado where he owned and operated Ed's Phillips 66 Service Station From Greeley he moved to Dodge City, KS and worked with his father in the Broce-O'Dell Concrete Plant. When he couldn't get Colorado out of his system the family moved to Estes Park, Colorado where they owned and operated service stations and a petroleum bulk plant, until retiring in 2001.

Ed was an outdoorsman, loving fly fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, Rving and anything to do with mountains and rivers of Colorado.. Before retiring he was involved with the Rooftop Rodeo Committee, the Estes Park Merchant's Association, Ducks Unlimited and other organizations. He is a member of Estes Park Masonic Lodge No 183 and the American Legion Post #0119 of Estes Park. He is a member of the Southern Baptist Church of Greeley, Colorado.

Ed was preceded in death by his mother in 1976 and his father in 1987.

Ed leaves as his survivors his wife, Leatrice Joye (Hall) O'Dell, son Dr. Michael L. O'Dell and wife Dr. Kristi J., daughter Michelle Lynette (O'Dell) Parker and husband Raymond, daughter Melodi Ann (O'Dell) Weinberg and husband Gregg. Grandchildren Kelly Brooke (O'Dell) Luszcz and husband Eric, their children Aubrey and Quinn, Brian Sean O'Dell and wife Emily their children Jack and Harper, Leslie Paul Parker and wife Tabitha their children Colt and Raini, Lucas Edward Parker and wife Danielle their son Barrett, Sandler Edward Weinberg and Leigh Ann Weinberg, brother Daniel J. O'Dell and his wife Sheryl. Also many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and a host of friends.

Funeral Service will be held Tuesday August 25th, 11:00am at the First Baptist Church in Buffalo, Oklahoma

Graveside Mason Rites will be conducted by the Brothers of Masonic Lodge of Woodward, Oklahoma
Military Rites will be performed graveside as well. Burial is in the High Point Cemetery Buffalo, Oklahoma

Honorary Pall Bearers; Brian O'Dell, Les Parker, Luke Parker, Sandler Weinberg and Eric Luszcz

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to either the Alzheimer's Association or the Masonic Lodge #183 of Estes Park, Colorado. Levy Funeral Directors of Bellaire, Texas and Myatt Funeral Home of Buffalo, Oklahoma were in charge of arrangements.