Dr. Lawrence Gehl Oder, age 81, of Mason, Illinois passed away at 8:40 p.m. Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the St. Anne’s church. A private burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery. Father Marek Kasperczuk will be officiating.
Lawrence was born Aug 13, 1935 on the family farm in rural Effingham County. He was the youngest of nine children of Chester Raleigh and Lola Oder. Lawrence is survived by his wife Eva (Alberternst) Oder. Sybil Etchason is his only surviving sibling. Lawrence is survived by his two children Jeff Oder (wife Colene) of Mason and Katrina Mackey (husband Jimmy) of Kansas City whom he shared with former spouse Jean (Summann) Oder who also survives. Larry has four grandchildren Landon Oder, Clayton Oder, Josselyn Mackey and Dylan Mackey.
Larry was a graduate of Altamont High School and was a Korean War veteran. He graduated from the University of Illinois medical school in 1963 and practiced medicine until his retirement in September 1997. During his practice he often volunteered his professional services including a tour in Vietnam, Nicaragua, and services on the Navajo Indian reservation in Arizona. The following was presented to him as a retirement gift: We salute You, Dr. Oder
For all that you have done
You have made some real intensive work
Seem like a lot of fun
We are sad to see you put away
Your scalpel and sutures and such
And we are going to miss those little talks
You helped us learn so much
An upscale Doctor, a Surgeon at that
None finer we could meet
A head full of knowledge, a heart of gold.
And a touch that is healing and meek.
You left us once but then came back
You said you were here to stay
We will not let a little thing
Like retirement keep you away
Go ride that tractor and make that sausage
And have some down home brew
Live the good life while you can
And know our hearts go with you.