Obituary: Charles Richard Odle


Charles Richard Odle
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Charles “Chuck” Richard Odle, formerly of Lindsay, who died peacefully on Nov. 15, 2017 in San Jose, Calif. He was born Feb. 1, 1938 to Robert Walter and Agnes Christine Odle in De Soto, Mo. Chuck grew up in Lindsay, California and graduated from Lindsay High School (’55). He went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Fresno State University (’59) and master’s degree in mathematics from San Diego State University (’64). After teaching mathematics at McClain High School in Fresno (’60–’65), he accepted a position to teach mathematics at Foothill College. Chuck assisted in designing, planning and opening De Anza College in 1967. He was a founding member of the De Anza Mathematics Department. “Professor Odle” taught Mathematics at De Anza College from 1967 until his retirement in 1999 and continued as a part-time employee through 2004. He spent a total of 39 years in the Foothill-De Anza District and retired as a Professor Emeritus of Mathematics. During his tenure, he was voted the ‘Happiest Person’ at De Anza College. Chuck was a Life Loyal Sigma Chi Fraternity member.
Charles is survived by Crystal, his loving wife of 59 years; sons Chuck (Lisa), Curt (Denise), and Cliff (Michelle); grandchildren Stevie, Charlie, Tawnie, Morgan, Jim, Joe, CJ, James, Sean, Evan; and 4 great-grandchildren.
Chuck was a devoted husband, father, friend and gentleman. Chuck loved fishing and backpacking with his sons, watching family sporting events, playing poker, the San Francisco Giants and the 49ers. He truly loved life and was always happiest when his family was all together. After retirement, he enjoyed traveling with family and friends and being an active SIRS member. He was always the most popular Dad and was a welcoming friend to all. A crowd favorite, he wore a smile wherever he went. He will truly be missed by his loved ones and the countless lives he touched. We were all lucky to have “Dad” play a significant role in our lives.
Prior to passing, Chuck wanted to send one last message to all that knew him, “Please don’t feel sorry for me or sad during this time. I am fortunate to have had the best life. I can only hope that your lives will be as fulfilled as mine.”