Our CT Wrestling Family lost a great friend this weekend. Skip Odell passed away on Friday evening. Skip is the husband of USAWCT Board Member Gayle and the father of South Windsor wrestlers Jake, Sam and Max. Skip was involved in CT wrestling in every aspect of the sport. He was always around to lend a helping hand to all. We are deeply saddened to have lost such a wonderful friend of CT Wrestling.
A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday (11/7) at
Savior Lutheran Church
239 Graham Road
South Windsor, Ct.06074
The Memorial Service will start at 5:00pm. Friends can come and pay respects to the family from 5-8pm
In Lieu of Flowers donations can be sent to USAWCT c/o Odell Family Fund. Please send donations to Sarah Jadach 20 Lakeview Terr Derby, CT 06418
Lemuel Skip Walter Odell III, 55, of South Windsor, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away on Friday, November 1, 2013, at Manchester Hospital.
He was born and raised in Manchester where he was well known as a wrestling champion and later graduated to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where he continued his wrestling career.
Skip is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Gayle (Landry) Odell, as well as his six children and two grandchildren. His children; Lemuel Walter Odell IV of Istanbul, Turkey; Jannell (Odell) Lee, her husband Bill and their two children Brayden and Payton of Griswold; Dustin Odell of Ellington; and Jake, Sam and Max Odell of South Windsor, all mourn the loss of their father and grandfather.
He is also survived by his brother Scott Odell, wife Sue and their two children Tyler and Rebecca of Devon, Pennsylvania; his brother Mark Odell, wife Sheri and their two children Stephanie and Michael; and his sister Cheryl Kendig, her husband David and their four children Jarod, Danny, Luke and Celeb of Dalton, Massachusetts; as well as two sisters in law and their families; Shereen Landry of Enfield and Celine Peach, her husband Jeffrey and their children Macy and Jeffrey of Enfield.
For more than 25 years Skip worked as a production manager in the air and space manufacturing industry; of which he retired several years ago to focus on his family and to pursue his love of sports coaching. He was a UConn football season ticket holder, never missing a game, a life-long New York Yankees fan. He loved hard work and was usually seen working late into the evening in his yard.
He was a South Windsor youth wrestling coach, a South Windsor Panthers football coach, a South Windsor and Ellington little league baseball coach, and was well known on the regional and national wrestling circuit. He touched the lives of many young athletes most notably through his passion, support and unmistakable voice thundering encouragement from the sidelines. His three youngest sons plan on carrying his love of wrestling into the future. Jake will continue wrestling at the Stevens Institute of Technology, Sam at the U.S. Naval Academy and Max will take wrestling far beyond South Windsor High School.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 7, 2013, at 5:00 pm, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 239 Graham Road, in South Windsor, with a reception to follow.
All my Prayers for the Odell family to have the strength needed to continue as a wonderful family without Skip leading them.
Skip and Gayle were always very welcoming to my son and our family at youth wrestling events and when traveling with Team CT. Skip was always ready to jump into the corner and coach even if your wrestler was from a different program and or town. He and the boys certainly helped my son and made him welcome.
Thank you to all the Odells and especially to Skip who will be missed by us. God Bless.