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Daniel P. O’Dea

Daniel P. O’Dea

Daniel P. O’Dea, 63, Sturgis, SD, passed away Saturday, March 9, 2024, at Monument Health Rapid City Hospital.

Memorial Services for Daniel will be at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, March 23, 2024, at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.  Inurnment will be at a later time in the Whitewood Cemetery.

Daniel P. O’Dea was born January 23, 1961, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Deadwood, SD, to Dean Patrick and Sally Mae (Sundstrom) O’Dea. While growing up in Whitewood he was a member of the boy scouts, and a very active member in 4-H as well as qualifying at state for bareback in 4-H. He was a member of Wrangler Riding club and spent a lot of time on horseback. He attended Whitewood Elementary School and later Sturgis Brown High School. He then attended Lake Area Vo-Tech in Watertown, becoming a certified welder.  He returned to the Northern Black Hills, where he worked as a welder at Hall & Clowser Machine in Spearfish, before going to work at Wharf.  He then worked at various firms as a heavy equipment operator, operating a rock crusher in quarries.  He was a proud member of the wagon train that went on the Centennial trail from Pierre to Deadwood in which took 2 weeks to get there driving his team of Percheron horses and a Studebaker Chuckwagon. He also did other wagon train rides from Newell to Nemo in which family members had joined for the ride.

He was a talker, folks said he was easy to talk to. He grew up on horses and enjoyed his time as a teamster.

Daniel is survived by his wife, Lois O’Dea; children: Dewey O’Dea, Amanda (Matthew) Kelly, and Josh (Alyssa) O’Dea; four grandsons; three granddaughters with one on the way; siblings, Randy (Betty) O’Dea, Marty O’Dea, LaVera O’Dea-Ford, and Matthew (Koreen) O’Dea; aunt, LaVera Chord; along with numerous other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dean and Sally; along with a nephew, Jessie.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkaadefunerals.com.

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