ODELL – Melvin L. “Mel” Schott, 78, of Odell passed away surrounded by his family Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 10:22 a.m. at his home. Cremation rites were accorded. A private family graveside service will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Loretto, IL at a later date. Duffy – Baier – Snedecor Funeral Home, Pontiac, is in charge of arrangements. Mel was born April 19, 1942 in Pontiac, IL. He married Patricia L. Farrell on April 19, 1963 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pontiac, IL. She survives in Odell. He is also survived by his children: Anthony Schott of Cornell, IL; Andy Schott of Flossmoor, IL; Jim Schott of Odell, IL; Amanda Schott of Odell, IL; and Alicia (Nick) Decker of Lafayette, IN; grandchildren: Kimmi Sue, Kyle, Audrianna, Tate, Alan Jackson, Ayden, Jack, Ashtyn, Aaron, Miles and Harper; and great-grandchildren: A’Marion, Dreyden, and Rowan. Mel was an owner/operator truck driver for Valley View Industries. He also worked for Muir Farms and for 27 years he was a mechanic, custodian, and bus driver for Odell Community Schools. He greatly enjoyed taking care of his family. Memorials may be made to St. Paul Catholic Church, 313 W. Hamilton Street, Odell, IL 60460. Online condolences may be made to the family at: duffyfuneralhome.com or visit us on Facebook.