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JACK O'DANN, 90
Gainesville - Jack O'Dann Richardson, 90, passed away May 4, 2013 at the VA Hospital in Gainesville.
O'Dann was born January 11, 1923 in Marion County, South Carolina to Winnie Alma Herring and James Ralston Richardson. The family moved to Jacksonville, FL in 1926, where they raised seven children. O'Dann was a graduate of Landon High School where he met his wife of 63 years, Jean Margaret Addington, and played football under his beloved mentor and coach, George Trogdon.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific.
After working in the food brokerage business for many years and raising a family in Jacksonville, O'Dann and Jean moved to Spring Lake in Keystone Heights in 1968. He was active in the Melrose Masonic Lodge #89, where he served two terms as Worshipful Master and was District Deputy Grand Master. He was a Scottish Rite Mason, member of the Keystone Heights Shrine Club and Morocco Shrine Temple, Jacksonville. He was a former member of the KH Rotary Club and past chair of the Clay County Development Authority.
O'Dann was an avid fisherman and loved to host fish fries for friends and family. He developed his interest in drafting into a second career, drawing hundreds of house plans for folks in the local community.
Mr. Richardson was predeceased by his wife, Jean; sister, Esma Bales; and brothers, Quinn, Jake, and Everett. Survivors include his children, Kathy Barrow (Henry) of Keystone Heights and son, Tom of Horseshoe Beach, FL; brothers Tex Richardson (Billie) of Bush, LA and Charles Richardson (Loraina) of Jacksonville; brother-in-law, Jim Addington (Peggy), Ft. White, FL; grandchildren Julie Griffin (Slade), Knoxville, TN and Mark Barrow (Kim), Pensacola; five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to Lake Area Ministries, P.O. Box 1385, Keystone Heights, FL 32656.
Arrangements by JONES-GALLAGHER FUNERAL, 340 E. Walker Dr., Keystone Heights. 352-473-3176.
Jones-Gallagher Funeral Home & Cremation
340 East Walker Drive Keystone Heights, FL 32656
Published in Gainesville Sun from May 5 to May 6, 2013