Frank O'Dell, 82, of Homosassa, passed away Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at Crystal River Health and Rehab Center.
A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., he was born Jan. 5, 1932, to John and Elizabeth O'Dell, one of three children. "Digger," as he was known to many of his friends, was a retired ramp serviceman for United Airlines at JFK Airport in Queens, N.Y., with 30 years of service. Mr. O'Dell was a U.S. Army and Navy veteran of the Korean War and served in Korea as a medic from 1951 to 1953. He was of the Roman Catholic faith; formerly active in the Knights of Columbus and Loyal Order of Moose and a member of American Legion Post 155, Crystal River. Frank will always be remembered as a man who wanted to always help people each day of his life.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joann O'Dell, Homosassa; son Rob O'Dell, Beverly Hills, son John O'Dell, Homosassa, and son Samuel O'Dell of Long Island, N.Y.; sister Mary Carillo, Long Island, N.Y.; granddaughters Jamie Nicole O'Dell, Virginia and Yasmine O'Dell, New York, N.Y.; great-grandson Landon O'Dell; and a very close nephew, Al Carillo, M.D., of Long Island, N.Y. Mr. O'Dell was preceded in death by a son, Frankie O'Dell, on Oct. 8, 1990; and a brother, John O'Dell.
Friends will be received from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at Wilder Funeral Home, where a chapel service will take place at 2 p.m. Entombment will follow at Fountains Memorial Park at 2:45 p.m. with military honors rendered by American Legion Post 155. www.wilderfuneral.com
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Feb. 24, 2014