Albert Howard Odom, 90, of Granite City, passed away at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Relais Bonne Eau Hospice House in Edwardsville.
He was born Feb. 10, 1925, in Summersville, Mo., a son of the late Richard and Cora (Hiney) Odom. He married Virginia Alma (Nevels) Odom on June 11, 1945, in Worden, Ill., and she survives. He retired from Nestlé in Granite City after 40 years of dedicated service as a machinist. The United States Army veteran proudly served his country during World War II. He enjoyed his days of woodworking, fishing, hunting and gardening. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.
In addition to his beloved wife of 70 years, he is survived by four children and their spouses, Connie and Danny Murphy of Collinsville, Randy Odom of Granite City, Richard and Sharon Odom of Granite City and Debra and Mark Becherer of Granite City; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; other extended family and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Rodney Odom; two brothers, Frank and Oran; and five sisters, Elsie, Lottie, Hazel, Marie and Stella.
In celebration of his life, memorial visitation will be from 5 p.m. until time of service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, 2015, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City, with the Rev. Jeff Young officiating. Military rites will be accorded. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois and may be accepted at the funeral home; www.irwinchapel.com.