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Charles Major O'Dor

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O'Dor, Charles Major
Charles Major O'Dor passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 in Sun City West, AZ. Charles was born on January 3, 1921 in Norman, OK to Charles and Anna O'Dor. He attended Fox High School where he was in Honor Society all 4 years and was active in glee club and student council. Charles had a beautiful voice and loved to sing. After high school, Charles attended the University of Oklahoma until his country called him to service in the Army Air Corp in 1942. An accomplishment he was particularly proud of was 84 completed missions on a B24 Liberator bomber. Charles met the love of his life, Elizabeth Vogel, at a Chicago Servicemen's Club dance during WWII. His family fondly remembers him telling the story of how he fell in love with her yellow blouse. They married on February 13, 1943. Shortly thereafter Charles served in the Southwest Pacific, returning home to settle with Elizabeth in Sioux Falls, SD to complete his military commitment. There, they had a daughter, Leslie, and then moved to Chicago where their daughter, Susan, was born. They lived and raised their family in Arlington Heights, IL for many years. Charles completed his college education at Northwestern University and served as an auditor in the private sector for many years before working for the US government. This career change saw them move to Washington, DC. Upon his retirement from the Department of Energy in 1986, Charles and Elizabeth settled in Sun City West, AZ. Their retirement was filled with many years of world travels, civic and social activities, and attending the opera and symphony together. Charles was very active in his Masonic Lodge, Kiwanis, and Lions. He was particularly fond of working with children and spent many rewarding years working as a volunteer in the Nadaburg School district. Charles never forgot his Oklahoma roots and was an avid University of Oklahoma football fan. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather and always had extra space in his heart for his beloved pets. Charles was a member of Shepard of the Hills United Methodist Church, Sun City West, AZ. Charles is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth of Sun City West, daughters Leslie (Wayne) Winslow of St. Charles, IL and Susan (Jack) Bauman of Kohler, WI; eight grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Cora Lee Giddens, and brother George O'Dor. Graveside services for Charles will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, October 24 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ, 85024. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made to , 1510 East Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014, or Shepard of the Hills United Methodist Church, Sun City West, AZ

Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 24, 2012
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