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RALPH ODONNELL

O'Donnell, Jr. Nov 20, 1930 - Jan 9, 2013 OKLAHOMA CITY Ralph Marcus O'Donnell, Jr. was born November 20, 1930, in Cherokee, Oklahoma, the son of Ralph Marcus and Neva Harriett (Honeyman) O'Donnell. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at the age of 82. Ralph graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1948, Oklahoma State University in 1953 with a Civil Engineering Degree, and the University of California, Berkeley in 1960 with a Master's Degree in Sanitation Engineering. In 1955-56, he served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Upon his discharge, he worked for the U.S. Public Health Service - Indian Health. During this time, he and his family lived in Portland, OR; Walnut Creek, CA and Bethesda, MD. They returned to Oklahoma City in 1964, where he joined Myers and Associates Engineering, which later became Myers and O'Donnell Engineering. Before his retirement in 1991, he was self-employed as O'Donnell Engineering. He was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Professional Engineers, as well as the American Quarterhorse Association. In his retirement years, he enjoyed spending time on his farm, playing golf, attending OU football games, and taking many trips to the mountains of Colorado and New Mexico, where he trail rode with his beloved horses and many friends. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Neva (Butts) O'Donnell; his daughters: Kelly Ann Dye, of Edmond; Susan Kathleen O'Donnell, of OKC; Kerry Jean Hughes and her husband Jeff, of Edmond; and Shannon Kay "Kacy" Smith and her husband Greg, of Edmond; nine grandchildren, Jennifer Fricke, Courtney Riffey and her husband Thomas, Jamie Dye, Patrick O'Donnell and his fiancee Reem Bahouth, Sean O'Donnell and his wife Courtney, Brooks Hughes, Darci Smith, Kelsi Hughes and Colby Smith; his great-grandchildren, Caden Clevenger, Luke Riffey, Caitlin Riffey, and Marcus Riffey who is expected in February; and his niece, Marty Stroh of Loveland, CO. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sons-in-law, Larry Dye and Dave O'Donnell; grandson-in-law, Rob Fricke; and sister-in-law, Vivian Roberts. The family would like to thank the staffs of Bellevue Health and Rehabilitation Center and Mercy Hospice for all of your love, care, and support. Viewing will be Sunday, January 13, 2013, 4-8 p.m.; and funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, January 14, 2013, in the Vondel Smith Mortuary North Colonial Chapel, with interment at 2 p.m. in the Cherokee City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 825 NE 13th, Oklahoma City, OK 73104; Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Rd, SW, Lilburn, GA 30047; and God's TP, Inc. (God's Tabernacle of Praise) 5801 NW 178th St, Edmond, OK 73012. "Happy Trails"


Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 13, 2013
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