DeWayne Forrest Oden was born on August 7, 1937, in Holton, Kansas. He graduated from East High School in Kansas City, Missouri in the class of 1955. He was married a year later on July 8, 1956, to his high school sweetheart, Ella. DeWayne started a career out of high school as a draftsman at Montgomery Ward. He was in charge of designing retail stores and over-seeing them being put in. After working for Montgomery Ward for 25 years, DeWayne owned and operated two dry cleaners. DeWayne served at Norfleet Baptist Church as a director of the bus ministry, deacon, and Sunday School teacher. DeWayne was happily married to Ella for nearly 64 years. They had three children: Robert Douglas, Deborah, and David. He was a loving father always providing for his family. DeWayne enjoyed fishing, shooting, watching Chiefs football, and collecting coins.
DeWayne died on June 26, 2020, at the age of 82 in Kansas City, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his son, David Wayne Oden. Survivors include his wife Ella R. Oden, his son Robert Douglas “Doug” Oden, his grandson Austin D. Oden, his granddaughter Sydney R. Oden, and his grandson Derek J. Oden.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at Langsford Funeral Home in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Lee’s Summit Cemetery. If desired, friends may make memorial contributions to City Union Mission of Kansas City, Missouri.