Marvin “Odie” Odneal

KSCB News - March 23, 2011 12:00 am

Marvin L. “Odie” Odneal 77, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle died Sunday, March 20, 2011. He was born September 7, 1933, in Prairie Home, Missouri the son of Martin and Robna Frances (Byler) Odneal. He graduated from Prairie Home High School in Prairie Home, Missouri.

He worked for Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Oklahoma and Kansas for 37 years, before retiring as manager of administrative services in Kansas City, MO. A member of Elks Lodge since 1976, he served in many offices and as Exalted Ruler in 1981-1982. He was a member of First Christian Church, Liberal. Odie enjoyed working in the yard and loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

On September 26, 1953, he married Eula Mae Ellison in Prairie Home, Missouri. She survives.

Other survivors include:

1 Son David Odneal and wife Mindy Minneapolis, MN

2 Daughters Dianna Van Auken and husband Dennis Colorado Springs, CO

Donna Odneal Liberal, KS

6 Grandchildren Chrissy Topliss and husband Duane

Shawna Odneal

James Gokey

Angela Craft and husband Ryan

Jessica Gokey


4 Great-Grandchildren Joshua Odneal

Brooke Topliss

Jordan Craft

Austin Topliss

1 Brother Martin Odneal, Jr and wife Joan Gilbertville, IA

1 Sister Clara Belle Zey Prairie Home, MO

2 Sisters-in-law Norma Schilb Prairie Home, MO

Sue Ellison Finley, OH

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Sam Odneal, half brothers Robert Woodhouse and Dan Odneal, half sister Grace Lea Odneal, brothers-in-law Lindon Ellison, Eldon Ellison, Wilbur Schilb and Donald Zey.

Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday, March 24 th , at First Christian Church with Rev. Terry Ford presiding. Burial will be held at Liberal Cemetery.

Visitation time will be held 1:00 – 8:00 pm Wednesday, with the family present to greet friends from 6-8 pm at Brenneman Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the First Christian Church or Liberal Elks Lodge #1947 Benevolent Fund in care of Brenneman Funeral Home, 1212 W. 2 nd Liberal, KS 67901.

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