George L. O’Dell

August 25, 1935 - August 1, 2016
George L. O’Dell

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George L. O’Dell, 80, passed away August 1, 2016. He is the son of the late Roy and Mildred O’Dell. He served his country proudly in the United States Army. George was always active and enjoyed the outdoors. He loved Johnny Cash and his Dunkin Donuts coffee with his grandkids.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia O’Dell; son, George E. O’Dell; daughters, Theresa O’Dell and Sandra DeFini ; 5 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; brothers, sisters and his beloved dogs, Abby and Baxter.


A graveside service will be held Friday, August 12th at 10 am at Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave, Bushnell. Online condolences may be offered at


Friday, August 12, 2016
12:00 AM

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6502 SW 102nd Avenue
Bushnell, FL 33513
(352) 793-7740

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  • October 27, 2016
    Sandy ( Sis ) says:
    Dad, I have to be the luckiest girl in the world to have had the greatest father ever!! We always got along and understood each other. There are so many tears of joy and laughter we had in our many conversations . What made you so great was , you were my hero as a little girl, i used to think you were the tallest man ever and the strongest in the world. You Dad always made time for me and talked to me when I made mistakes. I remember you found out I was smoking cigarettes and gave me this long lecture to why i shouldnt smoke.As you knew , well , that didnt work out so . I used to think I had the coolest father in the small town we lived in. You worked a side job at night driving a taxi and would take me and my friends to the Playboy club to pick people up for a ride home. When i feel off my bike and skinned my knee and a rock was stuck under the skin, you said , close your eyes I think I may have to operate! I was so scared, but you got it out and I was fine with the band aid and a keep your ass on the bike!! My father had a way with words. My wedding day , you asked the DJ to play "Daddy's little girl"! When the song was over , you had him play it again, I said" Dad, why are they playing this song again "? You replied , Because you are my little girl and I want one more dance ! I was so proud and happy to know my Dad loved me that much! So when you got sick back Jan.2016 and the Dr came in the room to tell all of us that you were terminal and had only 6 mnths to live, my WORLD STOPPED that very moment and glancing over to you trying to be strong, I knew you were scared and was afraid . This man I knew as a strong and active happy go lucky sole, was wanting to run and get the most he could out of what little time he was given. I sat a listened to everyone and their busy schedules and Mom not in the best of health , I than offered with giving Dad some dignity , offered to have him come stay at my house to live for a while. I knew he would, cause we got long great! I rushed home and prepared the house for my Dad to come stay with me. I was happy he wanted to. I enjoyed every day and moment I had with him. Over the course of the next 8 mnths God blessed us with, we talked periodically about the what he wanted. We made the plans , I wasnt happy doing it, but we did. dad grew sicker and sicker over time and was more dependent on me . The days before he passed away he was placed in Hospice for comfort! I was scared for him as he was scared too. I stayed with him day in and day out . Sunday Night i knew the time was very close and felt a presents of peace. I knew i had to tell my Dad , I was going to be okay. So I crawled up on the bed next to him and played a Beautiful song "You can let go now Daddy". It was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. we listened to it together as I hugged him and cried . My Dad passed always a few minutes later. This man I once knew to be strong and laughing and so active and my hero, grew so weak and tired and fragile was dying and I couldnt make him better and smile anymore. It is so heart breaking to see someone grow so sick and fragile . I have never lost anyone so close to my heart and felt a part of me died with him. I will never be the person i once was. But I can say Dad, I did listen to you when we talked!! I heard you and I am doing it . i cant keep the promise you asked me to do. I CAN'T STOP MISSING YOU AND CRYING AT NIGHT. Night time seems to be the hardest for me. Thats when you would call me to help you when you couldnt breathe! My Dad was one of my best friends and I miss him so so much . This Dad, you did not prepare me for, This heart breaking pain ! I miss you Dad , EVERYDAY!! Rest in peace you good man! I love you !! xox Hugs to Heaven! :'( Love Sis