In Memory of

Jesse

Lawrence

O'Daniel

Obituary for Jesse Lawrence O'Daniel

In Loving Memory of Jesse Lawrence O'Daniel, born in Kiowa, Oklahoma on June 26, 1934, and embarked on his final journey on December 24, 2023. Surrounded by the warmth of family, he passed away peacefully, leaving a void that can only be filled by the memories of his remarkable life. A visitation will be 2:00-3:30 p.m. Saturday, December 30, 2023 at the Strode Funeral Home Chapel. A memorial service to celebrate Jesse's life will be held at a later date.

Jesse is survived by the love of his life of over 70 years to Patty Sue Reese O'Daniel. Their enduring love and dedication served as an inspiration to all who were fortunate enough to witness it. Together, they weathered life's storms and celebrated its joys, creating a bond that transcends time.

A loving father, Jesse leaves behind a legacy of family and commitment. He is survived by his four sons and their wives: Mike O'Daniel and wife Debbie of Stillwater, Rick O'Daniel and wife Delisa of Grove, Rob O'Daniel and wife Angela of Allen, Texas, and Mark O'Daniel and wife Jennifer of Georgetown, Texas. Jesse's influence as a father extended far beyond the walls of his home, shaping the lives of his sons, and instilling in them the values of hard work, integrity, and compassion.

Jesse took great pride in his role as a grandfather, finding joy in the laughter and energy of his 13 grandchildren (Stephanie Dotter, Nick O'Daniel, Taren O'Daniel, Dayne O'Daniel, Cade Cowles, Brandi Keith, Mendi Coronado, Brandi O'Daniel, Brant O'Daniel, Evan O'Daniel, Ian O'Daniel, Jessica Littrell, Kyleigh O'Daniel and Ashley O'Daniel). His love continued to blossom as a great-grandfather to 22 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. His love will live on through the generations he touched, leaving an indelible mark on the O'Daniel family.

Professionally, Jesse dedicated 30 years of his life to Oklahoma State University, where he served as a Senior Systems Analyst. His contributions and expertise made a lasting impact on the university community.
A man of faith, Jesse was a longtime member of Stillwater Church of Christ and Perkins Church of Christ. His commitment to his spiritual community was a testament to his values and provided him with a source of strength and solace throughout his life.

Jesse's love for life extended to his hobbies where he found great pleasure in fishing with his brother-in-law, Al Taylor, at Lake Eufaula, and his annual fishing trip to Little River. Jesse was always up for a round of golf, and many will remember him as 'Coach' for he loved coaching his sons' baseball teams. In addition to those activities, he enjoyed woodworking in his shop and traveling with his family and friends. These pursuits not only brought him personal joy but also created lasting memories that will be cherished by his family and friends.

Jesse was preceded in death by his parents, Thurmond and Bessie Cisco O'Daniel, and nine siblings.

He is survived by his brother Howard O'Daniel and wife Louise, of McAlester, a testament to the enduring strength of family bonds.

May Jesse Lawrence O'Daniel rest in eternal peace, and may his memory be a source of comfort and inspiration to all who had the privilege of knowing him.


The O'Daniel family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the dedicated and compassionate staff at the Legacy Village Memory Care and Karman Legacy Hospice. Your unwavering support, kindness, and professionalism provided comfort not only to our beloved Jesse Lawrence O'Daniel, father/grandfather/great-grandfather/great-great-grandfather, during his time there but also to our entire family.