Kendall H. OdellOctober 10,2012
Kendall H. Odell
STRAFFORD — Kendall H. Odell Sr., 88, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., after a period of failing health.
He was born Sept. 14, 1924, in East Barre, the son of Leon C. and Mary E. (Hooker) Odell. He graduated from Plainfield High School in Plainfield in 1942.
At the age of 17, Kendall joined the U.S. Army Air Corps, trained as a medic and served during World War II in the China-Burma-India theater, stationed at Hastings Air Base in Calcutta, India. After an honorable discharge, he was hired as the head nurse at the Elizabeth Copper Mine in South Strafford. Kendall married Mary Josler, of South Strafford, on July 22, 1948, having first met her many years before as teenagers. She obviously must have made quite an impression on him. They spent their early married life living in Cabot, Montpelier and Middlesex, while Kendall worked for a highway construction company and the Vermont Department of Transportation as a highway inspector and engineer. They moved to Strafford in 1956, when he went to work for Putnam Construction of Bridgewater as a highway engineer, before starting his own concrete construction business in the mid-1960s. He retired in 1980.
Ken was a member of the United Church of Christ of Strafford; member and past master of Temple Lodge 54 F & AM of South Strafford; member and past worthy grand patron of Forest-Unity Chapter 82 Order of the Eastern Star of Sharon; and past district deputy grand master District 9 F & AM Grand Lodge of Vermont. He also served as a Strafford town selectman and cemetery commissioner. Ken enjoyed dancing, hunting, fishing, horseshoes, cribbage and playing the harmonica. He was a lifelong New York Yankees fan.
He is survived by his daughter, Ann Walker, and husband Rick, of Fairlee, and his three sons, Randy Odell and wife Storme, of Bradford, Brian “Chip” Odell and wife Cynthia, of East Thetford, and Kendall “Kenny” Odell and wife Karen, of Strafford; seven grandchildren; a sister, Geraldine Spooner, of Lakeland, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Dodge, of Tunbridge; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Mary Odell, who died in 2004, and a sister, Elizabeth Dunkling.
A memorial funeral service will be held Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the United Church of Christ in Strafford, with the Rev. Byron Breese and the Rev. Ed Jager officiating. The burial will be held at the Strafford Cemetery immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Temple Lodge 54 F & AM, P.O. Box 28, South Strafford, VT 05070.
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