Ralph Marcus Jr. O'Donnell Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
Funeral services for Ralph O'Donnell were held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 13, 2013 in the Vondel Smith Mortuary North Colonial Chapel with interment at 2:00 p.m. in the Cherokee City Cemetery.
Ralph Marcus O'Donnell, Jr. was born November 20, 1930 in Cherokee, Oklahoma the son of Ralph Marcus and Neva Harriett (Honeyman) O'Donnell and passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at the age of 82.
He graduated from New Mexico Military Institute in 1948, Oklahoma State University in 1953 with a Civil Engineering Degree and the University of California, Berkeley in 1960 with a Masters Degree in Sanitation Engineering.
He served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1955-56. Upon his discharge, he worked for the U.S. Public Health Service - Indian Health. During this time he and his family lived in Portland, OR, Walnut Creek, CA and Bethesda, MD.
They returned to Oklahoma City in 1964 where he joined Myers and Associates Engineering which later became Myers and O'Donnell Engineering. Before his retirement in 1991 he was self-employed as O'Donnell Engineering.
He was also a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Professional Engineers, as well as, the American Quarterhorse Association.
After retirement, he enjoyed spending time on his farm, playing golf, attending OU football games, and taking many trips to the mountains of Colorado and New Mexico where he trail rode with his beloved horses and many friends.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Neva (Butts) O'Donnell; his daughters, Kelly Ann Dye of Edmond, Susan Kathleen O'Donnell of OKC, Kerry Jean Hughes and her husband Jeff of Edmond and Shannon Kay "Kacy" Smith and her husband Greg of Edmond; nine grandchildren, Jennifer Fricke, Courtney Riffey and her husband Thomas, Jamie Dye, Patrick O'Donnell and his fiancÚ Reem Bahouth, Sean O'Donnell and his wife Courtney, Brooks Hughes, Darci Smith, Kelsi Hughes and Colby Smith; his great-grandchildren, Caden Clevenger, Luke Riffey, Caitlin Riffey, and Marcus Riffey who is expected in February; his niece, Marty Stroh of Loveland, CO.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sons-in-law, Larry Dye and Dave O'Donnell, grandson-in-law, Rob Fricke and sister-in-law, Vivian Roberts.
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