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William Joseph Odenbrett

William Joseph Odenbrett, age 86, of St. Cloud, and formerly of Maple Plain, died Friday, Nov. 25, 2005 at the V.A. Medical Center in St. Cloud.

He was born Dec. 14, 1918 in Dell Rapids, S.D., the son of William and Helena (Endlien) Odenbrett.

Bill honorably served his country in the US Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He was awarded two bronze stars.

William was united in marriage to Arlene Anna Staab Nov. 27, 1945 in Pipestone. God blessed their marriage with seven children.

William and Arlene engaged in dairy farming near Canby for many years. Arlene preceded her husband in death May 31, 2001.

For the past 10 years, Bill has been a resident of the DVA Medical Center is St. Cloud.

He enjoyed playing cards, checkers, and bingo.

William belonged to the Catholic Order of Foresters.

He is survived by his children: Allen L. (Doreen) Odenbrett of Winsted, Teresa M. (Robert) Steele of Cushing, Wis., Donald D. (Pam) Odenbrett of Lester Prairie, Doris J. (Thomas) Breen of Mound, Sharon E. (Norm) Luhmann of Lake City, William J. “Billy” Odenbrett of Stillwater, and Duane H. (Diane) Odenbrett of Lester Prairie; 18 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

William is further survived by two sisters, Anita Geraets of Dell Rapids, S.D. and Vi LaMoureaux of Sisseton, S.D.; a brother, Father Stephens Odenbrett of San Luis Obispo, Calif.; and other relatives and friends.

In addition to his loving wife, Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William and Helena Odenbrett; two sisters, Kay Geraets and Irene Christensen; and two brothers, Carl and George Odenbrett.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday, Nov. 28 at 1 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted with the Rev. Paul L. Wolf as the celebrant. Interment with military rites took place Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 1:30 p.m. at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Friends called Sunday, Nov. 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Casket bearers were Robert and Bruce Steele, Thomas Breen, Christipher Odenbrett, Terry Steele, and Matthew Odenbrett.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted served the family.

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