The Edmond Sun

January 11, 2013

Ralph M. O’Donnell, Jr.


The Edmond Sun

EDMOND —     Ralph Marcus O’Donnell, Jr., 82, was born November 20, 1930 in Cherokee, Okla., the son of Ralph Marcus and Neva Harriett (Honeyman) O’Donnell. He passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, January 9, 2013.

    Ralph 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. From 1955-56 he served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Upon his discharge, he worked for the U.S. Public Health Service - Indian Health. During this time he and his family lived in Portland, Ore., Walnut Creek, Calif. 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 a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Professional Engineers, as well as, the American Quarterhorse Association. In his retirement years 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 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.

    Ralph is survived by his wife of 62 years, Neva (Butts) O’Donnell; his daughters, Kelly Ann Dye of Edmond, Susan Kathleen O’Donnell of Oklahoma City, 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 fiancé 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, Colo.

    Viewing will be 4-8 p.m. Sunday, January 13 , 2013 and funeral services will be 10 Monday, January 14, 2013 in the Vondel Smith Mortuary North Colonial Chapel.

    Interment will be 2 p.m. in the Cherokee City Cemetery.

    Memorials may be made to Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 825 NE 13th, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047, and God’s TP, Inc. (God’s Tabernacle of Praise) 5801 NW 178th Street, Edmond, OK 73012.