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George 'Bunk'  Weldon  Odean
     George Weldon "Bunk" Odean, 84, of North Platte passed away on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at Great Plains Health. George was born March 25, 1933, to George and Olive Noreen "Sunshine" Dixon Odean at Sutherland.
     He grew up in Hershey, and graduated from Hershey High School in 1951. He was active in high school, lettering in football, basketball and track, participated in class plays and was on the yearbook staff.
     After high school, Bunk worked for a while then attended Doane College in 1953. When he returned to Hershey he hired on with the Union Pacific Railroad, working in the freight house.
     Bunk later became a clerk and eventually retired from the railroad in 1996.
     On June 11, 1957, Bunk was united in marriage to Lavughan Kathleen Dircksen in North Platte where they made their home and raised two sons. He loved his family and all kinds of sports, especially the Huskers.
     Bunk was a member of the Parkview Community Church of the Nazarene where he had served on the church board and helped with other activities.
     He is survived by his wife, Lavughan of North Platte; sons, Mark (Carlyn) Odean of North Platte and Murray Odean of Phoenix, Ariz.; grandson, Mark Ollie Odean; great-granddaughter, Maci Odean; and other family.
     Bunk was preceded in death by his parents; and brother and sister-in-law, Ollie and Alice Odean.
     Cremation was chosen. Graveside memorial service was on July 7, in the North Platte Cemetery with Joe Sukraw officiating. Odean Colonial Chapel was in charge of arrangements.
     The memorial book may be signed at odeanchapel.com. Memorials are suggested to the Youth for Christ or the North Platte Animal Shelter.
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 7/12/2017
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