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Donald R. O'Dell

1931 - 2013 BENNINGTON Donald R. O'Dell, 81, a lifelong resident of Bennington, died Monday, July 1, 2013, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center ,following a long illness.

The son of Merritt and Hazel (Hunt) O'Dell, he was born in Bennington on July 15, 1931.

Don married the former Sylvia Hodgen in Manchester on Nov.19, 1969. She passed away July 3, 1981.

Don had worked most of his life as a heavy equipment operator. He had worked on many large projects including Woodford Mountain, The Northway ( Route 87) in New York, Ball Mountain Dam, Townshend Dam and highways in Dorset and Danby.

He also worked at the Monastery on Skyline Drive in Manchester as custodian for 15 years as well as operating his own caretaking business.

Don enjoyed hunting and fishing and will be remembered as a very caring man.

He leaves his sons, Daniel O'Dell and wife, Donna, of Bennington and Donald Ron O'Dell of Kentucky; daughter, Peggy Jean Hoyt and husband, Joseph, of Hoosick Falls, N.Y.; brothers, Roland O'Dell of Bennington and Leon O'Dell of Shaftsbury; sister Mildred Malone of Medina, N.Y., six grandchildren, four great- grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by sisters, Louise Leazer and Marjorie Bevins, and by brothers, Merritt, William and Vernon.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service to honor Don's life will be held at the HANSON-WALBRIDGE & SHEA FUNERAL HOME on Friday July 5, at 7 p.m. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 5 to 7p.m.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Bennington Rescue Squad in care of Hanson-Walbridge & Shea Funeral Home, 213 West Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201.

To send e-mail condolences visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com



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Published in Bennington Banner on July 3, 2013
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