Michael Scott O’Dell

April 25, 1954 ‒ March 02, 2006

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: Michael Scott O’Dell, 51, died Thursday, March 2, 2006 in Springfield Medical Center, Springfield, Missouri following an extended illness.

Michael, who loved the Lord, is no longer suffering the pains of life on this earth, but is now at peace in the comforting arms of the Savior in his heavenly home.

He was born April 25, 1954 in Dayton to Delmer and Mary Elizabeth (Albright) O’Dell and attended Green Vocational School.

From the early 70s until the development of his sickness in 1997, Michael lived in Pompano Beach, Florida. There, he worked as a printing press operator nearly 20 years for his long time friend and comrade Bill Runde.

Living near the beach, Michael naturally loved the water, swimming, and especially fishing. Though the Lord’s mighty power could be felt in the rough waves of the ocean, Michael was not afraid and loved to swim out far beyond the breaking waves. He enjoyed fishing in the warm sun of Lake Okeechobee.

To bring a smile to a child’s face filled Michael’s heart with joy. As Jesus said in Matthew 19:14, “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven,” and Michael loved the children.

In 2000, he moved to Nashville, where we attended The Vineyard.

A patriot, Michael expressed heartfelt gratitude to all veterans for the sacrifices they made to keep our homes safe and free.

Michael will be remembered for his generosity, loving heart, and willingness to do anything for people in need of his help.

He is survived by his loving wife Valerie Gleisinger O’Dell whom he married January 24, 2000, a son and daughter-in-law Greg and Mandy Schneider of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, a daughter and son-in-law Christy and Tim Shaum of Bellville, a daughter-in-law Dawn Schneider of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, eleven grandchildren, his mother Mary Elizabeth Thompson of Dayton, a sister and brother-in-law Sharon and John Creakmore of Dayton, brother Kevin O’Dell of Russville, three step brothers, two step sisters, mother-in-law Louise Gleisinger of Bellville and a large extended family.

In addition to his father, Michael was preceded in death by his step father William Thompson, an infant son Michael, a brother David O’Dell, and a step brother.

The family will receive friends Saturday, March 11, 2006 from 1-3 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where the funeral service will be held at 3 pm. Pastor Patrick Bailey will officiate.

Memorial contributions to the Richland County Veterans Service Commission may be made at the funeral home.