RICHARD O'DONNELL

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RICHARD O'DONNELL "Rick"  
(Age 51)  

Suddenly on Thursday, November 22, 2012 in Alpine, Texas. Richard was born in Wichita Falls, Texas and grew up in France, Germany and England before settling in Falls Church, Virginia, where he was a plumber for 20 years. In 2001, following a vacation to Big Bend National Park, he relocated to Alpine Texas where he owned and operated the Crystal Bar and the Buffalo Rose Saloon.
Rick is survived by his loving wife, Jeanne and her children, Alex Almada-Lewis and Erika Novosad of Alpine. He also leaves behind his three children, Michael John, Errin Rose and John Richard and four grandchildren; his marriage to Sherry Goff ended in divorce. He is also survived by his father, James O'Donnell and a sister, Katie Mandes, as well as a host of other family that loved him very much.
Rick was a loner that loved people; and so he was happiest in Alpine, Texas, surrounded by friends, that loved him more than he knew, at the Buffalo Rose and The Crystal Bar.
A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, December 8 at 3 p.m. in Alpine, followed by a gathering at the Crystal Bar.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his name to the Sheriff's office in Alpine for the annual Children's Toy Drive. Donations can be sent to: 201 West Avenue E. Alpine, Texas 79831.


Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 2, 2012
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