Here is John "Digger" Odell's obituary and funeral info

(October 30, 1948 - October 27, 2011)

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John A. Odell

John Arthur Odell, 62, beloved husband of Susan M. (nee Kegelmeyer), devoted father of Krystina Baker Lamb (Robert), David Holyoke Odell, Danielle Renee Baker, Katherine Holyoke Odell and Paul Eric Baker, dear brother of Becky Clough (Roger). Passed away peacefully at his home October 27, 2011. John was an educator in many ways in the Mason School System for 21 years. Gathering at Christ's Church at Mason, 5165 Western Row Road, Mason, OH 45040 on Tuesday, November 1 from 5:00 PM until time of Memorial service at 6:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of John to: The Mason Schools Foundation, P.O. Box 183, Mason, Ohio 45040. For details or to send a condolence, visit

Beloved Mason Educator Passes Away:

School Board Member Odell's Funeral to be Held 11.1.11

Mason City Schools' board member John Odell died on October 27 after a hard-fought battle with an aggressive form of lung cancer.

A beloved educator, Odell had an extensive career as an innovative Mason teacher and curriculum leader from 1985 until he retired in 2006. He ran for and won a seat on the Mason City Schools' Board of Education in November 2009, and brought the same passion for learning to the school board as he did in the classroom. Odell viewed his time serving the citizens of Mason City Schools as an important public service, and was diligent in reminding everyone that even in tough times we must always keep children first.

Odell will be remembered for his love and commitment to hands-on, innovative learning, his creative problem-solving skills, and dry wit.

Our hearts are with his wife, Susan, and his children David Odell, Katie Odell, Krystina Baker Lamb (Robert), Danielle Baker, and Paul Baker.

Arrangements Memorial Service at Christ's Church at Mason on Tuesday, November 1, 2011. 5165 Western Row Road, Mason, Ohio 45040 Receiving at 5:00 p.m. Service at 6:00p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memory of John to: The Mason Schools Foundation P.O. BOX 183, Mason, Ohio 45040


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