Saturday, August 22, 2009

RIP: Orman Deboe "O.D." Link Jr. 8/16/2009

Orman Deboe "O.D." Link Jr., 88, died on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2009, following a lengthy illness. He was born in New Orleans, lived 43 years in Monroe and most recently, lived with his daughter in Baton Rouge. He was retired from McGraw-Hill Book Co. after 36 years, a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War and a Mason. He was recognized in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, Personalities of the South and the Dictionary of International Biography. O.D. was a beloved husband, father and friend. He never met a stranger and could talk to anyone about anything. He was always upbeat and easygoing and very easy to please. He loved his family, the water, traveling and was always ready for his next adventure. He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Joy W. Link; and parents, brothers and sisters. He is survived by his daughter, Karen Link; and many nieces and nephews. A private memorial service will be held for family and friends. The family would like to thank O.D.'s caregivers at The Carpenter House for the special love and care given to him in his final days. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association or St. Joseph's Hospice Foundation.

Published in The Advocate on August 20, 2009
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