CAPT. JOHN ODELL JR. U.S. Navy, Retired John Edward Odell Jr., age 97, of Boulder City, passed away Jan. 20, 2013. He was born June 25, 1915, in Knoxville, Tenn., to John Edward Odell and Fanny A. Hoffmeyer Odell. He was a true sportsman and lettered in football, baseball and basketball at Maryville College, Tenn. After college, he played baseball with the Pittsburg Pirates farm team for one season while awaiting his induction into the Navy. In 1938, he began his career as a Naval aviator and spent over 27 years serving our country. During his service he fought in two wars, World War II and the Korea War and received the Bronze Star. Prior to World War II, he was stationed in Iceland flying PBY's looking for German submarines. After the war started, he flew many missions in North Africa and the Pacific. In 1952, he was air officer on the USS Oriskany off of Korea. John loved the outdoors; he was an avid golfer and loved to travel. After retiring from the Navy, he settled in Colorado Springs, Colo. in 1969, where he enjoyed the Rocky Mountains and attending ORBs luncheons and USAFA football games. He and Elsie enjoyed many hours on Lake Mead on their boat. He was a member of the Tailhook Association and the Daedalians. He is survived by his wife, Elsie Odell, whom he married June 9, 1984 in Reno; a daughter, Barbara (Timothy) Yeomans of Colorado Springs; stepdaughter, Janet (Mark) Ousley of Colorado Springs; and grandchildren, Sarah Odell and Robert Odell of England. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Sarah Elizabeth "Libby" Odell; son, John Edward Odell III; and stepdaughter, Jerrye Gilmore. Memorial services will be at 12:40 p.m. Friday Feb. 8, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City. Family and friends can sign an online memorial guestbook at www.bouldercityfamilymortuary.com If desired, donations in John's memory may be made to the Nevada State Veterans' Home of Boulder City, or Creekside Hospice, Las Vegas.
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Published in Boulder City Review from Jan. 25 to Jan. 31, 2013