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Paul Ernest Odor, 88, of Edmond, Okla., met Jesus face to face on June 2, 2018. He was born Dec. 6, 1929 in Philadelphia, Penn. to Ralph and Rosalie Odor. Paul was a graduate of Edmond High School and an accomplished athlete in wrestling and football. He then attended Oklahoma A&M where he met his lovely bride of 65 years, Mary Dial (Odor). Paul graduated with degrees in both Agricultural Science and Mechanical Engineering. During the course of his education, he also served in the Korean War as a 1st Lieutenant for two years for the United States Army. After completion of college, he began his engineering career at Western Electric in Oklahoma City where he served a long career before retiring as a department chief of engineering.
Paul was known for his strong work ethic, integrity and character, as well as his zest for life and was always working on projects. He had a contagious wonderful sense of humor and always enjoyed sharing a good joke. He was an avid sports fan of the Oklahoma State Cowboys and loved fishing with a passion! In the final years of his life he spent countless hours writing the biographies of his grandfather William Harrison Odor, builder of the Round Barn, Arcadia, Okla. and of his father, Ralph Keely Odor, self-educated engineer and inventor of the Vornado fan.
Paul trusted Jesus as his Lord and Savior and was baptized at age 79.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ralph Keely Odor and Rosalie Lupus Odor, sister Dorothy Howell and brothers Bill Odor and Ralph Keely.
He is survived by his loving wife Mary; sister Katherine Ripley and husband Joseph of Rootstown, Ohio; daughter Debra Bevel, sons Dr. James Odor and wife Carolyn, David Odor and wife Patti all from Edmond, Okla.; grandchildren, Kathryn Bevel, Michael Bevel, Diane and husband Christian Madrid, Jenny and husband Ben Hainline, Dr. Nathan Odor, Rachael and Dr. Brian Kliewer, Ryann and husband Baird Williams and Madison and husband Joe Langer; and five adorable great-grandchildren: Allie, Arian, Wyatt, Dylan and Raina.
Paul was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease at the age of 59 and he refused for it to define his life, fighting a brave battle until his death.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Norman Veterans Center and the staff of Caregiver Connections for the loving care given during his final years.
In honor of a life well lived and a strong fought battle, donations can be made to the Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma, 720 West Wilshire Blvd, Suite 109, Oklahoma City, OK 73116. www.ParkinsonOklahoma.com.
Published on June 4, 2018
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