Obituary of Ronald W. O'Dell
Ronald W. O’Dell, 66, of Amsterdam, formally from Utica, New York passed away from COVID-19, after a long battle with lung cancer on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady.
He was born in Norwich, NY on August 28, 1955 to Mr. George O’Dell and Veta (Quackenbush) (O’Dell) Roberts.
Ron attended Utica schools, graduating from UFA High School in 1972. He then served in the Army National Guard, Elihu Root. He worked for over 40 years as a Customer Services Manager for Mohawk Hospital. He was most recently employed by Mohawk Healthcare, where the Spellmans became like a second family to him.
Ron met the love of his life Karen in 2009, and they were united in marriage on September 26, 2010.
Ron enjoyed watching and playing golf, NY Giants football, the New York Yankees, and Syracuse University basketball. In his younger years, Ron bowled, speed skated, and played softball, which he had very fond memories of. He will be remembered for his dedication to his work, organizational knowledge, and being the go-to person for his colleagues. He was a member of American Legion Post 229.
Ron is survived by his wife Karen (Brzozowy) (Stanley) O’Dell, his mother Veta Roberts, sons Andrew (Kim) O’Dell , Justin (Ashley Madore) O’Dell, Ryan (Meghan Watson) O’Dell, and Ron (Jennifer) O’Dell Jr.; stepdaughters Jessica (Robert) Updyke and Melissa (Zachary) Pfeiffer. His siblings include Sue (Tom) Flemming, Georgia (Ray) Ferguson, George (Sandy) O’Dell, and Cindi (Daniel) Livas. He also leaves behind his grandchildren; Andrew and Katie O’Dell, Rowan, Bodhi, and Silas Updyke, Holland Pfeiffer, and Harper Rae O’Dell, who he unfortunately was never able to meet. As well as numerous nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the staff at Ellis Hospital for their care and compassion.
Calling hours will take place on Friday, August 26 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM, followed by a Memorial Service at the Betz, Rossi, and Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave, Amsterdam, NY 12010.
A celebration of Ron’s life will be held at Heintz Funeral Services, 408 Herkimer Road, Utica on Sunday, August 28th from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM.