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“Vannessa and Vicki You are in my thoughts and prayers. Your dad was always so friendly and treated all of us as family. I saw him a couple of...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Judy (Laux) Minard - Holts Summit, MO

“My Dad was the strongest person that I know. He was strong physically, mentally, and emotionally. I remember as a little girl how he could out lift...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Valerie (oden) Bishop - Leon, IA

“Dear Oden Family, I am thinking of you at this time and praying for your peace and comfort. In His love, Jean Beeler ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: Jean Beeler

“Dear Vaness and family, So sorry to hear about your Dad. God bless you all, and i pray He wrap his loving arms around you at this time. Hugs, love...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Lana and Larry Zerby - Stockport, IA

“Vaness, I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. God Bless. ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: Barb Melvin - Centerville, IA

“Dear Vaness and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. May God show comfort to you and your family. ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: Larry and Kristine Cass - IA

“I am so sorry to hear about Don's passing. He was one of the good guys! He brought so much joy to our family. He loved talking about his children...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Marilyn Ross - Madison, WI

“I am so sorry for the loss of your father. Hillary Lyons ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: Hillary Lyons

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. May the gently hand of God touch your heart with peace. With Sympathy, Valarie & Dave John 14 2...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Valarie Sample - Ottumwa, IA

“So sorry to hear of Don's passing. I went to church with Don at Drake Avenue Christian Church for many years. We always had a lot of good...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Elaine Logsdon - Cincinnati, IA

“I have so many great memories of Don. We had so much fun together through the years. One of my favorite memories involved attending farm auctions him...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: June Wile - Springfield, IL

“We are praying for the family God Bless You ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: mary Ann Hurley - Exline, IA

“Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Cindy Donovan-Steahr Centerville

“Please accept our sincere sympathy and prayers, and may your loving memories give you peace. ”
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Donald Eugene Oden of Centerville died on July 12 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

He was born the son of Thomas (Britt) and Cora (Johnson) Oden on December 14, 1936 in Centerville, Iowa. Donald resided all of his life in Appanoose County where he was known as a family man, horse trader and farmer. For years he shipped horses to the New Holland, Pennsylvania Sale Barn with his brother, Kendell Oden. Donald was known as someone who could buy and sell most anything, be it livestock or antiques.

Donald was an avid storyteller and jovial man who deeply loved his family. Some of his favorite outings were to watch the grandchildren play sports or travel with his wife.

Donald is survived by his wife, Vivian Sue Oden of Centerville and his children: Vanessia Oden and husband Steve Widmar of Exline, Vickie Tripp and husband Mike of Columbia, Missouri, Daniel Oden of Phoenix, Arizona, David Oden of Keosauqua, Iowa, Valerie Bishop and husband Ray of Leon, Iowa and Valinda Terrell and husband David of Kirksville, Missouri; two stepchildren, Diane (Ron) Robbins of Unionville, Missouri and Dan (Ginger) Weston of Unionville, Missouri;.Grandchildren: Kate, Maggie and John Tripp; Noah, Nicholas, Nathaniel, Nash and Nyle Bishop; Colin and Domenic Terrell; five step-grandchildren, Lacey (Ian) Gilworth of Unionville, Missouri, Corey and Hilary Mason both of Unionville, Missouri, Tiffani (Tristen) Klinginsmith of Unionville, Missouri, and Torey Weston of Centerville, Iowa; three step-great grandchildren, Vivian Rory Gilworth, Thomas Rush Gilworth, and Jaxson Lee Klinginsmith all of Unionville, Missouri;
Other survivors include his siblings: Dolores Foster of Centerville, Phyllis Mitchell of Brea, CA, Beverly Baldwin of Mystic, Kendell (Dorothy) Oden of Exline, Shirley McAnelly of Centerville and Kay Hanson (Don) of Centerville. Donald is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas (Britt) and Cora (Johnson) Oden; his wife Virginia (Sedgwick) Oden; brothers, Bob, Wendell, Jack, Britt and John Oden; a sister Dorisdell Germanio.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM, Monday, July 16, 2012 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville with Pastor Lloyd Johnston officiating. Burial will follow in the Exline Cemetery, Exline, Iowa. A visitation will be held Sunday at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory from 12-6 PM, with the family present from 4-6 PM. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Donald Oden Memorial Fund and may be given to Lange Funeral Home, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared at www.langefh.com.