Former Juneau resident, William Odell, died peacefully at home on September 6, 2012. He was surrounded by his family and was 65 at the time of his death. Born in Juneau on May 19, 1947, he was the second child of William and Fortuna (Hunter) Odell. He grew up on Starr Hill and attended Juneau schools until the age of 17 when he left to join the U.S. Navy. His military service included a tour of duty in Vietnam. Following his service, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota where he would remain for the rest of his life. He worked for the Minneapolis Public School system and was in charge of a building maintenance crew for one of the schools. He remained in that position until ill health forced him to retire several months before his death.
His interests included climbing Juneau area mountains, gold mining, coin collecting and playing the stock market. He spent hours researching stocks and was drawn to risky investments with the potential for high returns. After his death, his daughter moved one such investment to safety only to discover that a short time later it had almost tripled in value. A large part of his childhood was spent on Juneau's mountains and whenever he returned for a visit, he also returned to the mountains.
He was preceded in death by his father William and his sister, Nancy.
He is survived by his mother Fortuna Odell of the Juneau Pioneers' Home, his daughter Stacey White of Minneapolis, his aunt Frieda (Hunter) Odell of Washington State and numerous cousins throughout Alaska and elsewhere. Funeral services were held in Minneapolis on September 9, 2012.
Published in The Juneau Empire on June 12, 2013