Robert Odean


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Posted Online: Feb. 15, 2013, 7:24 pm
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Robert L. Odean, 86, of Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of Moline, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at the Mayo Clinic, Phoenix.
A celebration of Robert's life will be held at a later date in the Quad-Cities. Trimble Funeral and Cremation Center, Moline, is entrusted with arrangements. Memorials may be made to Fifteenth Avenue Christian Church, Rock Island.
Robert Leslie Odean was born Nov. 30, 1926, in Moline, the son of Herbert and Bessie Mable Allen Odean. He graduated from Moline High School in 1945. He married Helen Lee on March 7, 1948, in Olds, Iowa.
He was an airplane mechanic for the United States Army Air Force, serving during and after World War II in Germany, France and North Africa.
He worked as a pattern maker for various pattern shops in the Quad-Cities for 40 years, retiring in 1990.
Bob was a 60-year member of Fifteenth Avenue Christian Church, and was very active in the church as an elder, board chairman, property chairman and serving on various committees. He was a member of the Trio Lodge No. 57 and the Thor Lodge of Vikings, Moline. He also was a volunteer Scout leader, serving for more than 10 years with Boy Scout Troop 254 and Explorer Post 254 in Rock Island. From the 1970s through 2012, he successfully operated a number of rental properties. He enjoyed socializing with friends, traveling, being a "jack of all trades" and spending summers in their family cabin in Minnesota.
He is survived by his wife, Helen, Phoenix; a son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Sandy Odean, Dallas, Texas; a daughter-in-law, Darlene Odean, Parker, Colo.; and grandchildren, David and Kaitlin Odean, Elizabeth, Colo., Michael Odean, Parker, and Lesley Hamilton, Dallas; and a nephew, Jeff Odean. He was preceded in death by sons, Mark and Barry Odean; his parents; a stepmother, Sadie Peterson Odean; and a brother and sister-in-law, Herbert and Dorothy Odean.
The family invites you to share stories and condolences and light a candle in Bob's memory at www.TrimbleFuneralHomes.com.












 



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