Thomas Mark Odum, 52, of Edwardsville, and formerly of Winter Park, Fla., passed away at 1:11 a.m. Monday, May 25, 2015 at Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City.
He was born July 18, 1962, in Granite City, a son of Nancy L. (Burns) Odum of Edwardsville and the late Harry H. Odum. He married Flora A. (Peters) Odum on Dec. 21, 1985, in Oviedo-Winter Springs, Fla. Thomas retired in 2009 as a mechanical engineer.
He had worked for South Eastern Properties Management and also for Full Sail College-Silver City Properties, both in Florida. He also served as vice president of FAO Accounting Services Inc. since 1996. He was the text book definition of a “gear head.” Thomas loved fast cars, dirt bikes, motorcycles, go-karts and his beloved Buick Regal Turbo T, or what he called “Little Sister.” If it had a motor, he was going to play with it and eventually ride it. While most know him for being a gear head, his real passion was spending the precious moments with his grandchildren. His grandchildren meant the absolute world to him and he cherished every moment he spent together as a family, especially at the “barn.” He was the most generous man with a pure heart of gold. No matter what, he would drop whatever he was doing to help someone in need. Thomas was a jack of all trades and there was nothing he couldn’t do. He will always be remembered for the love and special times shared with his entire family and many, many friends.
In addition to his beloved wife and mother, he is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Erin Nicole and Sean P. Kuehnel of Granite City; two grandchildren, Tyler Thomas Kuehnel and Alexis Leigh Kuehnel; a brother and life partner, Harry Scott Odum and Sharon Meyer of Edwardsville; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary Beth and Michael John Karlechik of Edwardsville; mother-in-law, Cleanthi “Tina” Peters of Winter Springs, Fla.; two brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law, Woodrow S. and Michelle Peters of St. Cloud, Fla., and Stephen Peters III of Winter Springs, Fla.; aunts and uncle, James and Carol Smith of St. Jacob and Janine Green of Granite City; many nieces and nephews; and other extended family and friends.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Stephen Peters Jr.
In celebration of his life, a memorial visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, at Irwin Chapel, 591 Glen Crossing Road in Glen Carbon, with the Rev. Roger Wright officiating. Memorials are suggested by the family and may be given to the Mayo Clinic Department of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905 for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome research or to Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in support for Karlie Ann Cox and may be accepted at the funeral home, www.irwinchapel.com.