Terrence David Oder was born on October 14, 1948 to the late Lester and Margaret Oder. He was raised in the church and attended First Evangelical Church on Hoffner Street in Northside, Ohio for 11 years without ever missing a Sunday. Terry became a born again Christian in 1983. He later joined White Oak Chapel where he was baptized. He departed this world on June 29, 2018 to be with his Heavenly Father.
Terry was the firstborn of 3 sons. His brother Dennis Oder was born 11 months after him and his brother Timothy Oder was born 11 years later. Because of their closeness in age, Terry and Denny were inseparable for most of their childhood. When their brother Timmy came along the boys were happy to have a baby brother join them.
Terry joined the United States Army as a Paratrooper and Parachute Rigger in 1968. He ultimately achieved the rank of E5. Terry was stationed in Panama during the Vietnam War. He was classified as an expert in the M-14 Rifle and a Sharpshooter in the M-16 Rifle. He loved being a paratrooper and amassed over 100 jumps throughout his career.
Terry met the love of his life, JoAnne Hodge, at the Country Kitchen restaurant in Northside. She thought he was handsome and witty. But the thing that attracted her the most to him was that he was a man of principles and conviction. If he said he was going to do something then he did it.
Terry and JoAnne Hodge were united in Holy Matrimony on May 3, 1969. Together they bought a home in Cheviot where he would reside for the rest of his life. From this union, they were blessed with five children: Kimberly, Benjamin, Franklin, Samuel, and Joseph. From the moment they were each born he felt both proud and blessed. He considered it his life's work to be a good father and to always set a good example.
Terry was the rock for his family and instilled in them the importance of character. He believed strongly that character is who you are when no one is looking. Terry led a life of integrity always. He believed that a man's word was his bond and that “a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.”
Terry taught his children to be self sufficient and to stand on their own two feet. His ethos of a firm handshake accompanied with confidently looking a person in the eye and saying what you mean, and meaning what you say, is a trait inherent in all of his children. Terry rarely seemed to be aware of the example he set and the effect he had on others. Both were profound. Through his quiet strength he gained the respect and admiration of family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.
Terry was fiercely independent and did not believe in getting something for nothing. He worked hard to provide a good life for his family. He was an entrepreneur who started two businesses, Western Printing and Eagle Mailing Service, on his own. Terry was a leader who valued hard work and determination. In over 30 years of working he rarely missed a day.
But the most important thing to Terry Oder was his faith in Jesus Christ. He heard the calling of God and it was put on his heart to get saved. He valued his personal relationship with Jesus. Terry was an avid reader who read the bible everyday. He would read it from cover to cover 3 times a year. He also prayed every single day of his life. Terry had so many people that he prayed for that he kept a list of everyone. It was 2 pages long.
But the reading of the bible and the saying of the prayers are not what made him a Christian. He accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. And his faith in Jesus was unshakable and immovable. Terry knew the word of God and he held steadfast to the promises of God. He shared his faith with everyone he met. He was not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Terry leaves to mourn: his wife, JoAnne; children, Kimberly, Benjamin, Franklin, Samuel, and Joseph; his daughter in-law, Laurie; sisters and brothers in-law, nieces, nephews, a host of cousins, friends, and neighbors.
Visitation at Spring Grove Funeral Homes 4389 Spring Grove Ave Cincinnati 45223 Sunday July 8, 2018 from 5-7 pm.
Funeral Service at Spring Grove Funeral Home Monday July 9, 2018 at 12 moon. Burial at Baltimore Pike Cemetery.
Funeral Service Monday
A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is still.
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled.