PARKER COUNTY —
After his discharge, Guess began working for the post office for a few months before using his GI bill to attend Winifred Browns flying school, which was located a mile south of Weatherford.
Guess met his future wife, Dorothy (Dot) while attending Millsap High School.
Though just friends, they kept in touch as much as possible while Guess was away.
“This war was different from the other wars,” Dot said. “We didn’t have emails or cell phones like we do now. His mother got a telegram from him one day and that was the first we knew about him being alive.”
Dot and Odell were reacquainted at a Millsap High School reunion, and wed in March of 1947.
“I didn’t finish my flight training because on March 1, I made the greatest move of my life when I married my high school friend Dorothy Ashley,” Guess wrote. “She didn’t like my particular type of flying so I decided to devote my time to my mail delivery job.”
Though happily married with two children and three great-grandchildren, Guess’ war experiences had a lasting affect on his life.
“He was in the hospital more than he was out, from the issues he suffered as a POW and malnutrition,” his wife said.
Guess passed away five years ago.
“To look back now, I think I made him do a lot of things he didn’t want to do, but it made his life a little more pleasant,” she said.