NEWPORT NEWS - George Robert Oden, 89, a native of Newport News, passed away May 16, 2014. George was preceded in death by his parents Robert T. Oden and Elsie A. Oden and two sisters, Esther Sanford and Madolin Emswiler. He is survived by his first love and wife of 69 years Helen Rogers Oden, sons George "Chico" Oden Jr., (JoAnn), Donald R. Oden (Terry), and daughter Rita K. Oden, as well as grandchilden Todd, Jody, Greg, Joel, Casey; great-grandchildren Joshua, Sydney, Katelyn, Reese, Madison, and Bella Rose; several nieces and nephews. George graduated from Newport News High School in 1941, completed the Apprentice School and also served in the U.S. Navy
. After 35 years of dedicated service at NACA/NASA Langley Research Center, George retired in 1980 as Head of the Laboratories Operations Branch. He was a Master Mason of the Bremond Lodge #241, A.F. & A.M. George was an active member of Ivy Memorial Baptist Church for 58 years and served on many committees, as well as being a life-time deacon. He will be remembered for his smile and welcoming words at the church door every Sunday morning, as well as his many visits to shut-ins. A celebration service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 21, at Ivy Memorial Baptist Church. Immediately following the service the family will receive guests at a reception in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, please make donations payable to Ivy Memorial Baptist Church, Pantry Fund, 2200 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, VA 23666, or to the
, 11835 Canon Blvd, Suite A102, Newport News, VA 23606. Arrangements are in the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.