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Bret Wade O'Dell

August 25, 1960 — October 18, 2021

Bret’s life began on August 25, 1960, in Marion, KS. He was the son of Delvin L. O’Dell and Kathryn Ann (Park) Armstrong. Bret was a 1978 graduate of Marion High School. He was united in marriage to the former Randi L. Schoby on August 22, 2005, in La Junta, CO. Bret had owned Bret’s Butcher Block and the hardware store in Florence and most recently was a service technician for Propane Central in Wichita. He was active on the Peabody Fire Department serving for twenty years. Prior to moving to Peabody, he served on the Florence Fire and EMS from the age of eighteen. Bret was also an avid woodworker and enjoyed camping with friends. His greatest joy was his family which includes his wife Randi of Peabody; daughters Megan (Joel) Thomas and Alysha (Alex) Haines, both of Marion; step daughters Letitia (Jarrod) Fry of Hesston, and Toni (Taylor) Oxford of Rincon, GA; grandchildren Rylee Thomas, Clayton Thomas, Tessa Haines, Rhett Haines, Luke Haines, Dylan Fry, Dawson Fry, Jackson Fry, Nick Fry, Zoey Fry, Tristan Oxford, Ayrabella Oxford, Ensley Oxford, Zelie Oxford, and Ezra Oxford; his parents Delvin (Mary) O’Dell of Emporia and Kathryn Armstrong of Marion; and sisters Rhonda (Eldon) Hett of Marion and Brenda (Bill) Clouse of Smithville, MO. Bret passed away at his home on Monday, October 18, 2021. His family will gather with friends on Wednesday, October 27th from 6-8 p.m. at Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Marion. His memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 28th at 11 a.m. at the Florence United Methodist Church led by Pastor Steve Hysom. Memorial contributions in Bret’s name may be directed to the Peabody Fire Department or Good Shepherd Hospice. Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Bret at

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, October 27, 2021

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Marion Chapel

205 Elm St, Marion, KS 66861

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Celebration of Life

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Florence United Methodist Church

201 W 5th St, Florence, KS 66851

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