Rudolf Wayne Odom
Cross Plains, TX
Rudolph Wayne Odom, 92, passed away on August 15, 2014 at the Clyde Nursing Home in Clyde, Texas. Wayne as he preferred to be called, was born on July 10, 1922 in Corsicana, Texas to Horace and Mamie Alice Henson Odom. His family moved to Kermit, Texas where Wayne attended High school and was a standout football and track athlete. He went to work in the West Texas oilfields before joining the United States Army in 1942 at the outbreak of World War II.
Wayne served as a B.A.R. and radio man in the 7th Infantry Division. He saw action in the Aleutian Islands and participated in the invasion of Leyte, in the Philippines, and on April 1, 1945 the invasion of Okinawa. He was seriously wounded in fighting on Okinawa and received the Purple Heart.
After the war he returned to Kermit where he worked for Mobil Oil Corporation as an A Carpenter and pumper for almost forty years. In Kermit he raised hunting dogs and cutting horses, which he rode in amateur competitions, winning his share. After retiring from Mobil he bought his dream ranch west of Cross Plains and became a rancher/farmer for the last 28 years of his life. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a Baptist.
Services are under the direction of Bailey-Howard Funeral Home. Graveside service with Military Honors will be 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery on West Lake Road north of Abilene, Mike Bailey, Hospice of the Big Country Chaplain, will be officiating. He was under the care of Hospice of the Big Country for the last year of his life and was very thankful for their loving care.
Memorials may be made to West Texas Rehabilitation Center or Hospice of the Big Country, 4601 Hartford Abilene, Texas 79605.
Abilene Reporter News, August 16, 2014