Basil F. O'Dell

Hale, Michigan
June 28, 1939 - November 3, 2018


Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 11 am to 1 pm at the Whittemore United Methodist Church

Service Location

Whittemore United Methodist Church


Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Obituary Notice

Basil F. O’Dell, age 79, of Hale, MI, passed away at his home on Saturday, November 3, 2018. He was born on June 28, 1939 in Deford, MI to Harvey & Marjorie (Stine) O’Dell. He graduated from Whittemore-Prescott High School in 1957. Basil married Karen Sue Dickey of January 2, 1960 at the Whittemore United Methodist Church. Basil had been a farmer and school bus driver before joining the Iosco County Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy and was the Undersheriff when he left the force. He then became a loan officer with the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Hale. Basil was a member of the Whittemore United Methodist Church. He had been a member of the Hale Area Schools Board of Education from 1983-1991. He liked reading, flower gardening, watching the Detroit Tigers and coaching high school baseball and Pony League.

Basil is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Karen of Hale; son, Curt (Gale) O’Dell of Hale; daughter, Tanya Haskin of Rose City; grandchildren, Danielle (Nick) Katterman of Hale, Brendon O’Dell of Sault Ste. Marie, Karissa (Kyle) Piar of West Branch, Halie Haskin of Lupton; great grandson, Ean Katterman of Hale; sister, Leila O’Dell of Kawkawlin; sister-in-law, Jackie O’Dell of Saginaw; many nieces and nephews and countless friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Thomas O’Dell; in-laws, John & Irene Dickey.

A visitation will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 11 am to 1 pm at the Whittemore United Methodist Church with a memorial service at 1 pm at the church with Rev. Nathan Jeffords officiating. Inurnment will follow at Saints Cemetery in Whittemore. Memorial contributions may be made to the Whittemore United Methodist Church or to the Sebawaing Camp. Online condolences may be made to the family at


Memorial contributions may be made to the Whittemore United Methodist Church or to the Sebawaing Camp.


Saints Cemetery


So sorry to hear about Basil. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family. May he Rest In Peace. Prayers for his family.
— Pete and Sandy Ahejew(Jackie’s sister)
Prayers to Karen and family. Basil touched so many lives and will never be forgotten. RIP my friend.
— Bev VanHorn
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Tanya.
— Barb Gee Marshall
Love, hugs and prayers to you all. He is smiling down on us with his beloved pups.
— Valarie Peterson
Rest in Peace Coach, thank you for everything you taught me over the years. Our thoughts are with your family during this difficult time.
— Donald Lucy
So sorry to hear of Basil’s passing. Sending thoughts and prayers to the family.
— Greg & Tina Michalski
Our hearts go out to you. Basil was a strong , kind man, and he always seemed larger than life. Our prayers go out to you asking God to hold you in his arms and give you comfort.
Love, John & Ronnie
— Ronnie
We would like to pass along our condolences for the loss of a great man,he will be missed by many,R.I.P. Basil!
— Rick Barnes
I would like to to pass on my condolences to the family of Basil O'Dell. I always loved talking to him at track meets back in my teenage years, we always had good conversations about hunting and NASCAR.
— Jimmy Sanford
Loving prayers to my cousin Karen, her daughter Tanya and their family at the sudden passing of a great person, my cousin Basil. May he rest in peace and rejoice with his loved ones in Heaven.
— Adel Partlo
So sorry to hear of Basil's passing. Prayers for you and your family
— Barbara Sortor
Karen, I am so sorry for your loss. Basil was a wonderful man. Praying for the Family.
— Tootie Goodman
You will be greatly missed, our dear friend. Always remembered for your big heart and all the wonderful times we four had together. We are blessed to have had you in our lives.
— Bob and Phyllis Lavender
Our deepest prayers and thoughts to Aunt Karen and the family through this time. I enjoyed growing up with Uncle Basil's stories, thoughts, and lessons. He was a great person to be around.
John and Cheryl Loy
— John Loy
Our thoughts and prayers are with Karen, Curt, Tanya and the whole family! Basil was a sweet and wonderful man! He will be greatly missed by all who knew him! God Bless you al! R.I.P Basil
— Carrie Shaffer
So sorry to hear of Coach Basil's passing. I have many great memories from the baseball field. He definitely was one of the "good guys". Thoughts and prayers to the family.
— Bill Fransee

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