Dennis Paul O’Dea
Dennis Paul O’Dea, age 75, of Philip, died Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Dennis Paul O’Dea and his twin brother, Dean Patrick, were born July 30, 1936, in Philip, the son of John and Edna (Bennett) O’Dea. He attended the Empire and Fairplay rural schools and his mother, Edna, later home schooled the kids for a time. He then attended Philip High School.
On October 17, 1956, he married Marlene Keyser at the Dowling Church located one mile south of her parents’ home on Ash Creek, and to this union were born three children.
During his life, Dennis worked in various occupations including road construction, the gold mine in Lead, various ranches around Philip, operated the Mitchell sale barn, owned a ranch near Newell and later near Harrold, and owned and operated O’Dea Trucking and Central Diesel Repair in Ft. Pierre. He later worked for Altendorf Implement and retired from Moody Implement in Pierre.
Dennis is survived by one daughter, Debbie Hapney and her husband, Randy, of Quinn, and their children, Rocky (Pam) of Floresville, Texas, Levi (Kyli) of Quinn, Jessie (Travis Sharp) of New Underwood, and Bailey of Quinn; one son, Mike O’Dea and his wife, Krista, and their boys, Nathan, Brandon and Austin of Philip; three great-grandchildren, Harley and Houston Hapney and Adyson Sharp; seven brothers, Jack O’Dea and his wife, Charlotte, of Midland, Dean O’Dea of Vale, Gene O’Dea of Hot Springs, Jim O’Dea and his wife, Vonnie, of Howes, Jerry O’Dea of Altoona, Iowa, Leo O’Dea of Vermillion and Richard O’Dea of Hot Springs; seven sisters, Maurine Hagler of Meridian, Idaho, Bonna Hagler of Nampa, Idaho, Phyllis Coleman and her husband, Marvin, of Quinn, Lillian DeKnikker and her husband, Eddie, of Gettysburg, Lorraine Smith of Emmett, Idaho, Mary Bauer of Rapid City, and Rosella O’Bryan and her husband, Tom, of Bagley, Minn.
Dennis was preceded in death by Marlene O’Dea on June 5, 1998; an infant daughter, Tina; and his parents.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip, with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 27, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip, with Father Kevin Achbach as celebrant.
Interment will be at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.
A memorial has been established.
Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com