Ernest Dalby "Ernie" Odell, age 91, and former resident of Ochelata,
Oklahoma, passed away on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, in the
Medicalodge of Dewey where he had been a resident.
Ernie was born on August 19, 1921 in Ramona, Oklahoma. He was the son
of Turner Odell and Annie (Elliott) Odell. He was raised in the
Ramona area where he received his formal education.
He farmed in the area before entering the U.S. Army
in 1942 during
WWII. Ernie received Signal Corps Basic Training, Rifleman, Automatic
Rifleman and Guard Patrolman training. As a Rifleman, he served with
the 958th Air Base Squadron Battalion overseas. He also went on
scouting and patrolling missions to locate enemy positions. He
received the Good Conduct Medal, the WWII
Victory Ribbon, the American
Theater Ribbon, the EAME Theater Ribbon and four Bronze Service Stars.
In September of 1945, Ernie received his Honorable Discharge from the
military and at that time he returned to Oklahoma.
Ernie and the former Thelma Ruth Luster were united in marriage in
1946 and they made their home in the Ramona and Vera area. Two
daughters were born to this union, Phyllis Ruth and Janet Annie.
In 1969, Ernie and Jo (Collins) Cook were united in marriage and they
made their home in Ochelata. Jo preceded Ernie in death in July of
In 1954, Ernie became an employee of the local Phillips Petroleum
Company where he was involved with building maintenance. He was
retired from Phillips in 1978. In 1968, Ernie worked for Arnold and
Ruth Moore as manager of JAM Acres in rural Ochelata. Ernie's health
forced him to retire in October 2009 and he moved from the Ochelata
farm to Bartlesville to be near his daughter, Janet. In 2011, Ernie
became a resident of Medicalodge of Dewey.
Ernie was a member of the Matoaka Baptist Church and also a member of
the American Legion Post #105.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jo; daughter,
Barbara Ellen Fogle; son, Chuck Turner Odell; brothers, George,
Clarence "Bud", Ed, Joe and Bill; sisters, Hazel Allen, Mary McClain
and Annie Roston; and grandson, Samuel Freeman.
He is survived by his daughter, Phyllis Ruth and her husband, Danny
Freeman, of Okesa, Oklahoma; his daughter, Janet Annie and her
husband, Jack Carter, of Bartlesville; eight grandchildren, Daniel
Freeman, Joseph Freeman, Stephanie Farley, Christopher Fogle, Joan Ann
Holtz, George Fair Ford, III, Travis Hullberg and Dalton Fogle; 15
great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and sister, Esther
Thompson of Colgate, Oklahoma.
If there are those who would like to honor Ernie by a contribution in
his name, the family suggests Lighthouse Outreach Center, 1411 W.
Hensley Blvd, Bartlesville, Oklahoma 74003, or to the charity of
Graveside services will be held on Friday, January 11, at 2:00 PM in
the Ochelata Cemetery. Chaplain Steven Griffith, of Cornerstone
Hospice, will officiate. Full military rites will be accorded to Mr.
Odell by James H. Teel American Legion Post #105 of Bartlesville.
Online condolences may be left at www.honoringmemories.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Arnold Moore & Neekamp