John B. O'Dell
1961 - 2020

John B. O'Dell

1961 - 2020

God gained another beautiful angel on October 27, 2020. John O'Dell was born in Racine, WI where he lived until he traveled throughout the US and Europe. John settled in Stone Mountain, Georgia in the early 1990's.

John was a singer, songwriter and musician. Music was his passion all his life. Even though John created many bands over his lifetime, it wasn't uncommon for him to be out and jump on stage to either blend in with a guitar or grab the mic and lead the audience in song. He brought people together through music.

John was compassionate and friendly to all walks of life and he very much loved his dogs. John loved his family and no matter where he'd have to travel, he was always there to support his family. John is survived by his mother, Catherine (Nee: Gerardo) Jaster of Dover, DE; bother Kelly O'Dell of Racine, WI; sister Rosie (Geoff) Gates of Lansing, KS; sister Mary (Charles) Seefeldt of Dover, DE; John's longtime girlfriend, Lorna Gomez of Stone Mountain, GA as well as many cousins, nephews, nieces, one great niece and so many friends.

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Published by Racine Journal Times on Nov. 15, 2020.
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I knew John for about twenty years. I lost touch with him off and on, but we reconnected again in 2019. He had a big heart for adventure, music, and his dogs. John always had a helping hand to those in need. I think the last few years were tough for him. He did a lot of soul searching. The last time I talked to him he expressed that he was drawing closer to God. I know he loved his mother dearly. My condolences to his family as you go through this difficult time.
Daisy Blake
November 25, 2020
John and I were good friends for at least 20 years here in Stone Mountain, GA. He was a good man, a good singer, and a good and loyal friend. My condolences and deepest sympathy go out to his mother, sisters, brother, family and girl friend. He is missed. Very glad to know he had a deep interest in talking about God to anyone, and he believed in Jesus Christ as his Savior, so he is happy where he is now.
Marcia McCance
November 23, 2020
My deepest sympathy to John's family! I also grew up in Racine.RIP John.
Lisa Celusta
November 21, 2020
My sincere condolences to Cathy and family on the loss of your dear son and brother. John shared his heart with everyone he ever met and all who crossed paths with him were blessed by his openness and honesty. I will miss him; but his hopefulness, his vision, and his undying dreams will stay alive and remain part of us all. John was an original and a one of kind. He was my friend, and there was no one else like him.
matt stanton
November 18, 2020
John was my best friend for many years. He taught me to be confident in my music and we worked together on many, many songs. He was a BIG Beatles fan, my favorite story he told me was the time he saw Paul McCartney in an airport..he whipped out his guitar and played a song for him. That was John. His love for music and people. His lust for life. I will miss his smile and his laugh forever, but he will always be in my heart, and we will always have the music. I love in peace my buddy.
Renee Linsenmayer
November 16, 2020
We miss you John! It's hard to remember to put everyone in the obituary. A couple of John's closest friends were Matt Statton and Uncle Kevin. John would talk to them almost daily. Again, John you will be so missed buy us all. Love you always, Geoff & Rosie
Geoff & Rosie Gates
November 16, 2020
John was a kind gentle soul who I had the privilege of knowing for the last 30 some years. Loving brother and son he will be missed. Rest easy John
Becky shoop
November 16, 2020
Kelly, Rosie, sorry to hear about the loss of your brother John. So, many memories of our childhood. I remember being turned on to Pink Floyd in your basement. I must say, it was "different". I had never heard that type of music before, but it kinda grew on me over time. I think John was just picking up the guitar around that time. Even though we lost touch with each other, I have thought about you all from time to time. Running into Kelly a few times and getting updates of the family was nice. I wish you all peace and love in your time of grief. I look forward to a celebration of John in future, God willing.
Daniel Malacara
November 16, 2020
To the Odell family. Condolences on the lost of John. I offer you prayers of comfort and strength.
Seenie Lawson-shabazz
November 15, 2020
Dear Kelly, our heart felt condolences for the loss of your Brother. God bless.
Jackie & Joe Thielen
November 15, 2020
You were my angel, you were my protector. You always worried about everyone. You are now at peace and playing your flying guitar. Sing with the Angels my brother!
Little Sister Mary
November 15, 2020
So sorry for your loss Kelly Let him rest in peace now
Diane Matter
November 15, 2020
John thank you for sharing your love of music with my daughter Valerie she loved her jamming out with you that summer in Wis . You were more then a cousin to me more like big brother I will miss you dearly give are huge family in heaven a hug from me
Wendy Perez
November 15, 2020