Odis Cromwell "OC" Unbehagen Jr.

January 24, 1937 - February 6, 2018
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Odis Cromwell Unbehagen, Jr. (O.C.) passed peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 surrounded by his family. O.C. was born in Galveston, TX on Jan. 24, 1937 to O.C. Unbehagen, Sr. and Dorcas Elena Gay Unbehagen.

O.C. grew up on the island with five siblings, John (deceased), Evelyn ​Rouse (deceased), Nelda Sue Davis (deceased) and Helen Rose (deceased). His surviving younger brother, Teddy Unbehagen and wife, Phillis, reside in Pearland, TX.

O.C. graduated from Ball High School in 1955 and attended Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. He married Jean Chassaniol, his loving wife of 62 years, in January 1956. Together the couple had eight children. He worked ​in the construction business his entire life and was involved in many construction projects in Galveston County. ​ ​

O.C. believed in service to his community. He was at the time the youngest member to ever serve as president of the Jaycees. He was also a member of Galveston’s Noon Optimists, Kiwanis and Rotary clubs. ​O.C. served on the board for the Associated General Contractors of America. ​He coached girls’ softball, Rebels football and Little League baseball​, and served on the PTA and the Ball High School Booster Club. ​He could always be counted on when asked to serve. He was a ​long-time member of both First Methodist and Central Methodist churches in Galveston.

O.C.’s greatest love was family. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and shared these passions with his children and grandchildren. He loved to travel and every year packed up the Unbehagen clan for an annual family vacation spent camping or visiting museums and historic monuments. He was often found in the stands cheering or along the sidelines taking pictures at the various sporting events in which his children and grandchildren participated. He was a devoted family man who was greatly loved and will be sorely missed.

O.C. was preceded in death by his parents and the aforementioned siblings. He is survived by his wife, Jean; children O.C. Unbehagen III (Moose) and wife Janie of University Place, WA, Renee Boles of Texas City, Mike and wife Becky Unbehagen of Galveston, Terri Unbehagen of Texas City, Susan Sifuentes and husband Pete of League City, Patti Buckley and husband Dan of Galveston, Gretchen Boudreaux of Texas City, and Diane Unbehagen of League City; 19 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons Gary Boles, Christopher Unbehagen, Chase Unbehagen, David Martinez, Trevor Sifuentes, Danny Buckley, Mark Boudreaux, Brandon Boudreaux and Patrick Unbehagen.

The family will receive visitors from 5:00 until 7:00 pm, Monday, February 12 at Malloy & Son Funeral Home, 3028 Broadway, in Galveston. Services will be held Tuesday, February 13 at 10:00 am at Moody Methodist Church, 2803 53​rd​ Street in Galveston, with Rev. Ray Pinard officiating. Burial will follow at Grace Memorial Park in Hitchcock, TX.

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Visitation Information

Date: Monday, February 12, 2018

Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Malloy & Son Funeral Home


3028 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77550

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Service Information

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Time: 10:00 am

Moody Methodist Church


2803 53rd St,
Galveston, Texas 77551

Cemetery Information

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Time: 11:30 am

Grace Memorial Cemetery


, Hitchcock, TX,

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Born: January 24, 1937
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Leta Melancon posted on 2/12/18

SeSending prayers to you and your family. You will be missed.dings prayers to you


Leta Melancon posted on 2/12/18

Rest in Peace, OC. You will always be remembered.


Bob Randall posted on 2/12/18

O.C. was truly a contractor's contractor whose heart was always bigger than his projects. A gentleman who was a pleasure to consult with on project issues and life experiences that rekindled the "joy of memories" through his gift of story telling. These are the qualities that will remain with me through the pleasure of my association with O.C. Truly a "Benchmark for Mankind".


Bobbi Sue (Trapani) Bacha posted on 2/11/18

Mr Unbehagen saved my life when I was in my early teens. My mother had bought me a poly resin preserving kit, so I set out to find flowers & shells to preserve with my flowers to make the perfect paperweight with flowers for my mother . We were invited to go sailing along close to the shore so I could gather, pick flowers and seashells. I think I was about 14 years old. I was with my sister and neighborhood boy Alert Brown, who live on Channelview at the end corner by The Rock pier in the red wood house that used to stand there. We took his small sail boat. Unknown to us a storm came up and the winds changed suddenly, very strong pushing the small sail boat out to the bay in very deep waters with waves taller than a house. Alert was tacking perfectly but the winds were too strong. I remember I was freezing wearing only my bikini and flip flop shoes. We were riding over huge waves that rose very tall then fell suddenly, then the next wave again rose even higher then fell. One huge wave after the other. Waves Taller than a house. I was trying to be brave as my little sister was crying I forced a smile and told,her that we will be fine but I knew we were in terrible trouble. I was praying to myself as I knew we were most likely going to drown we had no life jackets and it was too far to swim to shore, as each giant wave came at any time and could have toppled our small sail boat. We were like tiny specks in the ocean. At the mercy of the sea. Suddenly Just before nightfall, in answer to My prayers, I saw Mr OC Unbehagen in his motor boat coming to rescue us. He quickly dropped a tow line and pulled my sister and myself off the small sail boat and Gave me his jacket and my sister a blanket to keep warm. Mr Unbehagen was warm and kind to us he said the tacking was working and we were sailing in the right direction, but at that rate we were going against the wind he calculated we would be home by the following nightfall! Mr OC Unbehagen brought us home to shore where my mother and father were waiting, both so worried. Mr OC Unbehagen told us that he happened to see our sail boat briefly using his binoculars, just as a wave broke and he headed out In that direction that he last saw the boat and luckily he found us. Mr OC Unbehagen saved three lives that day. But not just three lives, because I have three children and they now have children of their own, so I have three grandchildren so far. So, Mr OC Unbehagen saved at least seven lives on my side and my sister has two children and she has four grandchildren so that’s at least another seven people he saved. That’s a total of fourteen people Mr OC Unbehagen saved that day at least. Plus Alert and any offspring he may have had. I’ll never forget Mr OC Unbehagen smiling and happy to help rescue us. I was expecting a stern lecture but Mr OC Unbehagen was happy as usual and was so glad to find us and I think he told jokes on the trip back that I was too much in shock to recall. Mr OC Unbehagen saved our lives ! And my children’s lives etc. I Have three beautiful children and three beautiful grandchildren and it’s all because of one brave soul.... Mr OC Unbehagen. I still have the flowers I picked that day on one of the shores we stopped at and I preserved them for my mother they are a reminder of the day I almost lost my life and was saved by a neighborhood guardian angel Mr OC Unbehagen. I grew up to follow in my fathers footsteps my father Robert Trapani was in law enforcement but I became a private investigator by profession and years later on that very same rock pier I conducted a head hunt with my divers and my grid walk teams trying the find the missing head of victim Morris Black whom,was killed and dismembered by the famous Billionare from New York , Robert Durst, and dumped the body parts off of my childhood rock pier on Channelview drive. The very same pier we launched our sail boat that day I was recused. I thought of Mr OC Unbehagen rescuing us that whole day during my investigation while I walked that pier. I wasn’t surprised to read in The Galveston newspaper that Chase (OC ‘s grandson) and his father Micheal Unbehagen (son of OC) were saving and rescuing people in the recent Hurricane Harvey. I could easily picture them just like thier grandfather and father, rescuing these people just as OC Unbehagen rescued me. It’s in the Unbehagen DNA to be hero’s (A Heros Code). Like OCs grandson and Michaels son, Christopher Unbehagen who joined the military to risk his life help others. Mr OC Unbehagen will be very missed. He was a good father and citizen. I had the privilege of befriending his daughter Renee’ in high school and growing up around and knowing many of the Unbehagen children. My cousin married into the Unbehagen family and had three children Christopher, Chelsea, and Chase Unbehagen. So I’m related in a small way to this wonderful family ans I’m blessed to know them. May God be with the Unbehagen family and keep them safe and protected them always. As they have rescued and protected so many. Amen


Gretchen Boudreaux posted on 2/10/18

The best daddy and papa in the world!You are loved and will be missed by so many people, especially you family! Rest in peace Daddy. Gretchen


Tracy Cuchia posted on 2/10/18

A grand presence in the Unbehagen family has left this world, but will live on in greatness through all his family and friends. My family is thankful to have fond memories of time spent with such a loving family. Love, Tracy


john beach posted on 2/10/18

a sweet part of galveston has passed but his knowing and loving soul will always over see the galveston that he love. reat in well earned peace. the lord says well done my son.


Pat Stem posted on 2/10/18

What a wonderful influence he has been to his entire family. All of you are truly blessed. I am truly sorry for your loss and praying for comfort and peace to each of you.


Norma Messer posted on 2/10/18

To all the family. OC "Sonny" as all his cousins called him, was a wonderful man, as were all of Uncle OC Sr's and Aunt Dorcus's children. I will never forget his visit to me a few years ago here in Florida. We spent a wonderful afternoon together talking about the good ole days. His Mom and my Mom were sisters. Our grandparents always kept us close and I bet he is really enjoying see them, his parents and brothers and sisters again now. I know that I will certainly miss him. I will see you all on Monday. My love and prayers are with you all during this time. All my love, Norma


Rhonda posted on 2/10/18

Dear Renee, Jean and Family, our thoughts and prayers go out to you. My fondest memory was when I would go over to the house on Avenue O to play and spend the night. O.C. always had a smile on his face and his presence made me feel calm and secure.


Susan Harriman posted on 2/9/18

Dear Susan, Pete and Family, I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your sweet daddy. Sending prayers for strength to your family. I truly believe death is hard for those left behind. I know your dad is rejoicing in heaven with Jesus, family and friends. Susan, I told Cathy last weekend that I have been thinking about you and Robin. Let’s all get together soon. Love, Susie Ruttiger Harriman


JoAnne Buckley ataylor posted on 2/9/18

I was sorry to hear of OC’s passing. After reading all the tributes on Facebook yesterday , I hope that all those beautiful words can bring some comfort to all of the family. I know that you have so many wonderful memories to cherish, and may those memories bring comfort (and smiles) as you celebrate a life well lived.