When a blind date leads to a happy marriage of 41 years, 3 children and 9 grandchildren; it was meant to be.
Hal Dwayne Odell was born in Buda, Texas in January 28, 1944 and lived the early part of his life here. After graduating high school, he moved to the “big city,” Austin. Hal was a union carpenter before learning his woodworking trade and opening his own cabinet shop. He had a great reputation and builders and homeowners loved working with Hal. He never left a job until the homeowner was happy.
Hal and Adeline were married July 14, 1975. They were known for always thinking alike, being on the same page, having the same goals and working together to achieve them. Adeline loved Hal and loved taking care of him. Taking care of Hal was so natural to Adeline, which he never took for granted. They still called each other ‘sweetheart’ and ‘babe.’ She would sing ‘I know someone who loves you!’ to which he would smile and reply ‘Who me?’ The family grew up watching how a great marriage should be. Dad took care of Mom and Mom took care of Dad.
Hal was a ‘jack of all trades,’ master of all. He loved fishing, genealogy, history and Republican politics. Hal was known for making the best chicken and dumplings and Sunday morning breakfast. When his Grandchildren were asked what we should tell everyone about Papa they said, “he was strong, loved coffee, ice cream and candy and Papa loved to fish.” Papa could do it all. He could build you anything and fix everything. Hal built his and Adeline’s dream home in 2011. He put so much time, sweat and love into the house. They worked hard for all they had and took pride in their accomplishments together. They spent many hours on their front porch, drinking coffee, playing with their dog, Bandit, and just spending time together.
Hal’s time on Earth was cut too short. He was the toughest, strongest, kindest man we ever knew. He led by example and he left this earth in the same manner that he led his life; as a man of honor, dignity and integrity. Hal passed October 8, 2016. Surrounded by his family, he was hugged and kissed and loved on. We played Mom and Dad’s songs, watched football (he loved the Longhorns,) told stories and shared memories.
Hal is survived by his loving wife, Adeline. His children Lisa Klingemann and husband Buster, Jeff Odell and Julie Gibbs and husband Dane. Grandchildren, Alana, Colton, Ethan, Korban, Tristan, Callan, Trevor, Cash and Chance. His brother Claude (Cowboy) and his family.
Hal was preceded in death by his parents Claude E. and Myrtle Saunders Odell. Sisters Nancy and Geneva. Best friend Delby Glass.
The family would like to thank the nurses and doctors at Seton Hays ICU for the compassionate way they cared for Hal.
Visitation: Friday, October 14th 6:00-8:00pm Harrell Funeral Home, Kyle, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday October 15 at Harrell Funeral Home in Kyle, Texas. Procession to follow to Live Oak Cemetery. Celebration of Life to follow at the Odell Residence. 110 Montgomery Ct. Buda, 78610.