James O'Dell, 64

James Michael "Mike" O'Dell, 64, of Wabash, died at 12:45 pm, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2017, at his home.

He was born May 31, 1952, in Decatur, Ga., to Howard and Norma (Boardman) O'Dell.

Mike was a 1971 graduate of Wabash High School. He was a salesman at Maximum Power Sports in Peru and also Dorais Chevrolet in Wabash. He worked 10 years on the NASCAR wrecker crew at Daytona, Talladega, and Sebring raceways. He was a member of the Wabash Christian Church, and former member of the Elks Lodge and Moose Lodge, both of Wabash. He enjoyed NHRA drag racing, NASCAR racing, and riding motorcycles. Mike lived in Lakeland, Fla., from 1981-2006. 

He is survived by his mother, Norma Jean O'Dell of Wabash; his brother, William "Bill" (Norma Jean) O'Dell of Citra, Fla.; his nephew, Shawn Michael (Cheryl) O'Dell of Danville, Ky.; great-nephew, Gage O'Dell and great-niece, Cassie O'Dell, both of Danville.

He was preceded in death by his father, Howard R. O'Dell.

There will be no services. Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash.

Preferred memorial is the Wabash County Cancer Society.

The memorial guest book for James may be signed at


Posted on 2017 Jan 06