Donald Gene Odean Sr., 85, of Hershey, died March 3, 2013, at Centennial Park Retirement Village in North Platte.
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Don was born Feb. 13, 1928, to Swan Emanuel and Zida Daisy Eckhoff Odean in Hershey, where he lived his entire life except for two tours of duty in Uncle Sam's Army. He served from May 1946 to March 1947 and from October 1950 to October 1952, during the Korean Conflict.
In May 1948, Don hired out with the Union Pacific Railroad with the Bridge and Building Department and worked until his retirement (due to a disability) on Feb. 1, 1987.
In July 1953, Don married Lillie Walton and to this union three children were born, Debbie, Kim and Don Jr. They later divorced in May 1973.
Don was a member of the Hershey American Legion Paul R. Martin Post No. 279, past member of the Hershey Volunteer Fire Department and former fire chief. He enjoyed garage sales and sports, was an avid Husker fan and outdoorsman, and was a regular mall walker. Don delivered Meals-On-Wheels at Hershey and picked up the food for the Hershey Senior Center.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Swan and Zida Odean; a brother, James "Jimmy" (Betty) Odean; and a grandson, Cyrus Odean.
Survivors include his children, Debbie Evans, of North Platte, Kim (Ellen) Odean, of Hershey, and Don Jr. (Gayle), of Redding, Calif.; five grandchildren, Angie (Jeremy) Sanford, Tina Crowell, Travis (Teresa) Evans, Lucas (Alicia) Odean and Cassidy (Brooke) Odean; 12 great-grandchildren, Emma, Brady and Alise Odean, Presley Odean, Logan and Lainee Evans, Aaron Smith, Kelsey Crowell, Jessie Bates, Allysa Odean, Joey Sheets and Bailee Sanford; three great-great-grandchildren, Aden, Carly and Jordon; two nephews, Kerry (Mary) Odean and Robert Odean; and numerous cousins and other family.
Memorials are suggested to the Hershey American Legion or the Hershey Senior Center. Online condolences may be shared at odeanchapel.com
Services will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 7, at the Hershey American Legion Paul R. Martin Post No. 279 with Gary Smith officiating. Causal dress is requested. Burial with military honors will follow at Fort McPherson National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., today and Wednesday, March 6, at Odean Colonial Chapel at C & Sycamore, which is in charge of arrangements.
Published in North Platte Telegraph from March 5 to March 6, 2013