Leonard K. O’Dell passed away peacefully on Monday, August 12, 2019 at his home in Emporia, Kansas surrounded by his family at the age of 86.
Leonard was born in Stony Point, N.Y. on March 14, 1933 to Leroy and Mary (Rose) O’Dell. At the age of 20 he was drafted into the US Army, serving with the 101st Airborne Infantry as a Corporal during the Korean Conflict/War, and returned home in December of 1954.
In 1978 Leonard moved to Emporia and married Anita on September 6, 1980. They were married for nearly 39 years. He operated O’Dell Drywall from 1980 until he retired in 2003 at the age of 70. In his younger years his friends called him Muttzyand later when he came to Emporia he was often known as Preacher and Old Timer. He loved the outdoors and was happiest when he was hunting, fishing or just walking in the woods enjoying the wildlife and nature.
He is survived by his wife Anita, of the home, sons Colter and Andrus (Bethanie) O’Dell of Emporia, Steve (Laura) O’Dell of Stony Point, N.Y. and Russell Fine of Renton, WA.; daughters Debbie Keyser and Kathy O’Dell of Stony Point, N.Y.; five Grandchildren Kelly (Adam) Carano, Christopher (Kelly) O’Dell, Justin (Nicole) O’Dell, Alicia (Ryan) Magner and Michael Keyser; eight Great Grandchildren Sofia, Sebastian, Rhys, Averi, Lenix, Travis O’Dell and Myles and Judah Magner.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Mary O’Dell, sisters Marie Babcock, Shirley Brooks and Sharon Dempsy, and brothers Roy, Richard and Douglas O’Dell.
Cremation is planned. Visitation will be on Sunday, August 25, 2019 from 2 to 4PM at Grace United Methodist Church. At a later date Leonard’s ashes will be taken home to Stony Point, New York.
Memorial contributions can be sent to Hand In Hand Hospice, 1201 W. 12th Avenue, Emporia, Kansas 66801.