Sad News…John “Digger” Odell

In from John and Margie Bartley:

It is with great sadness and regret that I send along the news of the passing today of John “Digger” Odell. In a call I received from John Wolf this afternoon, I understand arrangements are being made by the Mueller Parker Funeral Home in Mason, Ohio where the obituary and information regarding services will be posted. Our prayers are with his family and many friends. See Obituary Notice

John A. “Digger” Odell

(October 30, 1948 – October 27, 2011)

Savannah GA Show 2003 - Digger Odell and his many books

[PRG] Elizabeth and I last sat in on a lecture that John gave at one of the recent FOHBC nationals on the ‘state of the bottle collecting hobby’. John had so much passion and knowledge. I felt so small and was humbled and very appreciative by what he gave back to the hobby. May he rest in peace. His many books and his legend will live on. He also dug one of my most prized bitters barrels being the green Ballentine, Highland Bitters and Scotch Tonic. Not a scratch on it. No cleaning needed. Resting peacefully under a tree root. Only he would find. My bottle is even more special now.

John Odell lecturing on the Bottle Collecting Hobby

Digger Odell Publications (John Odell Web Site)

About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. He is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps. Ferdinand is the past 6-year President of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors and is one of the founding members of the FOHBC Virtual Museum.
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