Robert Odell, 91, of Newport, died Monday, March 18, 2013, at home.
He was born on March 25, 1921, in Roselle, N.J. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a navigator on a B-17 bomber named “Stinker” by its crew. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and two bronze battle stars as the result of finishing a tour of 32 bombing missions over Europe.
Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, Morehead City, with the Rev. Michael D. Frese officiating.
He is survived by one daughter, Kathleen N. Odell of Newport; three sons, Barry R. Odell of Hilton Head Island, S.C., Gene C. Odell of Newport and Theodore Odell of Rahway, N.J.; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the church fellowship hall following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Carteret General Hospital Foundation for Hospice of Carteret County, P.O. Drawer 1619, Morehead City, NC 28557 or the Collings Foundation, P.O. Box 248, Stow, MA 01775.
Arrangements are by Brooks Funeral Home and Crematory, Morehead City.