Donald Eugene “Donnie” O’Dell, Jr., 58 of Huntingtown, MD, passed away doing what he loved on May 17, 2022.
Donnie is predeceased by his parents Donald Eugene “Boots” O’Dell, Sr. & Jane Dianne O’Dell, father-in-law, Snaz Fowler. He is also predeceased by his brother, Robert O’Dell, brother-in-law Sach Schmier and sister-in-law, Amy Smith.
Left to cherish his memory are wife Gail O’Dell and their four children, Jaime Worley (JR), Jesse O’Dell (Amanda), Michael O’Dell (Asha) and Keith O’Dell (Renee). father-in-law, Pete Fisher & mothers-in-law , Lucretia Fisher and Faye Fowler. His brother-in-law, Jeff Fowler (Jenn) and sisters-in-law, Connie Schmier & Debbie Kelly (Joe). Numerous aunts/uncles, cousins, nieces/nephews, and countless friends. Most importantly his 12 grandchildren Teaira, Alana, Kaleb, Jailyn, Kaiden, Landon, Gracyn, Harmony, Miles, Olivia, Demi, and Sophie.
Donnie was born May 11, 1964, to Boots and Dianne O’Dell in Prince Frederick, MD, where he grew up.
Donnie graduated from Calvert High School in 1982. Shortly after the birth of their first child he and Gail moved to Florida, where they began their life and continued to grow their family. Donnie unknowingly met the love of his life in kindergarten and they found each other again in high school. Donnie asked Gail to be his on May 26, 1980, and they were married on May 24, 1986. Their love story of 42 years is one of a kind.
Donnie has always been a hard worker. Providing for his family was a priority and his work ethics were very important to him and carried over into his children. In Florida, he started driving dump trucks with Village Land Clearing & Fill. He drove trucks for 12 years and then decided to go into business for himself. He was know as “The Tree Tender”. He could take care of all of your landscaping needs, no job too small or tree too tall.
In 1998, Donnie and Gail moved their family back to Calvert County where Donnie began working alongside his cousin, Bill Buckler with Action, as an exterminator. Ironically, Donnie worked with Action back when he was 15 years old. Donnie developed a passion for killing bugs and was known around here as the “Bugman”. He once again went into business for himself, and started “Call Donnie the Exterminator”. He would take care of all your bug needs, and tell you, “Humans are extra!”
Donnie enjoyed NASCAR, riding his Harley and having a cold one with friends and family.
He was lovingly known as “Uncle D” by his favorite nieces and nephews.
Donnie’s greatest accomplishments in life were his four children and his most prized possessions were his 12 grandchildren. Donnie suffered some life changing health issues in 2019. He spent his last few years with us being the best damn Poppy he could be!