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John Odell, 53

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John Thomas Odell was born to Captain Lee and Betty Odell on March 15, 1960 in Stauton, Virginia where his dad was stationed at the U.S. Army Stauton Military Academy. He entered into eternity on November 3, 2013 from a stroke. He was married to Karla Harren of Cold Spring on July 2, 2005 at the Frogtown Park in Cold Spring, offiated by Pastor Greg Odell. They resided in Salinas, California.

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Johnny was a high school math teacher at North Salinas High School and coached JV baseball. His job was teaching but he enjoyed following the Oakland A's and was an avid Oakland Raiders fan. His passion was faith, family and the study of history; especially Gettysburg and the Civil War era. He always liked his travels with Greg throughout North Dakota and Minnesota; and enjoyed the ND Peace Gardens and Medora Musical.

John and his brother Greg enjoyed these verses together: Psalm 107:35-43 "He turned the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into flowing springs; there he brought the hungry to live, and they founded a city where they could settle. They sowed fields and planted vineyards that yielded a fruitful harvest; he blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased, and he did not let their herds diminish. Then their numbers decreased, and they were humbled by oppression, calamity and sorrow; he who pours contempt on nobles made them wander in a trackless waste. But he lifted the needy out of their affliction and increased their families like flocks. The upright see and rejoice, but all the wicked shut their mouths. Whoever is wise, let him heed these things and consider the great love of the Lord."

He was preceded in death by his father, Lee E. Odell in 2001 and mother, Betty E. Odell in 2005.

John is survived by his wife of eight years, Karla Odell of Salinas; brothers, Greg (Sue) Odell of Alexandria, Grant (Mary) Odell of Richmond, VA; sisters, Joy Odell of Fairbanks, Alaska, Jennifer (Dale) Ellis of Salinas; dogs, Oliver and Joey; nine nieces and nephews, six great-nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, November 17 at 2 p.m. in Monterey, presided by Pastor Tim Knauf of Calvary Baptist Church of Marina.

There will be a memorial service held in Cold Spring in December.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made out to the Alexandria Senior Center or the Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge of Brainerd.

Peace to his memory.

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