James M ODell

Born on April 3, 1937

Departed on April 15, 2021 and resided in Cottontown, Tn

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James “Jim” M. O’Dell, age 84, passed away April 15, 2021. He was born in Craigsville, West Virginia to the late Carl Rupert O’Dell and Thelma Sheppard O’Dell. He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years Lou, several brothers and sisters, one great grandchild and the mother of his two daughters Evelyn Gray. He is survived by his faithful furry companion Buddy, his son, Wesley (Terry) Beehler; daughters, Karen (David) Jakubek, Debbie (Bryan) Persson, and JoAnn (Rick) Young; sisters, Eleanor Hubert, Martha McConnell; ten grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren with one on the way, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Jim was a veteran from the United States Air Force. He served for 20 years during which time he was stationed in Vietnam during the war. He traveled to many other places during his time in the Air Force. He made many friends in all places he visited and resided. He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 240, where he served in the Honor Guard and a member of Tac Tankers.
When he retired from the Air Force, he moved from Michigan to California. He then began a career working for Ball Corporation in California as a mechanic. He was employed there for 20+ years. He is greatly missed there as he has received several calls asking for advice on machinery or a repair through the years. On his off time, he enjoyed a round of golf with friends and family. His passion for cars earned him the title of neighborhood mechanic. He could and has rebuilt cars from the frame up. He enjoyed sharing his knowledge with others, teaching them how to work on their own vehicle.
After retirement from Ball Corporation, he and Lou moved to middle Tennessee. Jim was a great husband, father and friend. He had a gift to be able to fix any kind of motor even if he had never seen one before. He would help anyone who needed it or find the help they needed. For many years he ran a food bank out of his own storage building for veteran’s and military families. He was also able to get a few rounds of golf in until a shoulder injury retired him from the game.
Jim will have a graveside service with military honors at Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery on Thursday May 20, 2021 at 1:00 PM.

9 Comments to James M ODell

  1. Cheryl Whereatt
    April 21, 2021 1:11 pm

    Debbie and Karen your dad was a really great guy I’m so glad I got to meet him wow he had a life you should be so proud of what he has accomplished he will be very very missed Love you guys

  2. Mary Browning
    April 22, 2021 12:14 am

    May your memories of your get togethers and good times comfort you at this time of sorrow. I am sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers go out to you.

  3. Heather & Matt Esser
    April 22, 2021 2:11 pm

    Dear Debbie (Bryan) and Family – we are sorry for the loss of your father. We always had a good time seeing him and listening to his stories when he would visit Madison WI. He will definitely be missed, but certainly not forgotten. He always had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone it seemed. Such a nice guy. May he Rest In Peace. We love you all and big hugs from Madison Wi.

  4. Mimi Johns Bicknase
    April 23, 2021 2:30 pm

    Sending love and peace to Debbie, Bryan, Karen and all your family. We enjoyed meeting your father on several occasions and always found him bright cheerful and making us laugh. That is a gift! Hold onto the love you shared through the years and may his memory be eternal. We love you.

    David and Mimi

  5. Gladys Thomas
    April 23, 2021 10:29 pm

    Know that my prayers are with you all. May God bless Uncle Jim and all of you. And May he Rest In Peace.❤️✝️

  6. Earl Johnson
    April 24, 2021 2:15 am

    Not that we should have favorite’s but Uncle Jim was always my favorite uncle, he was a very loving and knowledgeable man and I miss him dearly. I love you.

  7. Dina Kochevar
    April 24, 2021 1:23 pm

    Karen and Debbie, my heart goes out to the two of you and your families. Your dad was such a kind man to me. Always a hug. 🥰🤗😢

  8. Len & Nora Kubazewski
    April 24, 2021 6:53 pm

    Karen… Our hearts go out to you. It’s so hard to lose a parent. Your dad sounds like a fabulous man. May you cherish the memories.

  9. Barb Kampmeier
    April 30, 2021 10:52 am

    To all of Jim’s Family,
    I’m sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man and I’m so happy I got to meet him at Debbie and Bryan’s house for a birthday party. Remember the good times and the love he gave you.

    Barb Kampmeier
    Madison WI

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