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Leon Hilbert Odegaard

Leon Hilbert Odegaard, age 91, of Glencoe, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007 at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care.

He was born Dec. 27, 1915 in Levermore, Iowa, the son of Chris and Marie (Jacobson) Odegaard, who had recently immigrated from Denmark. Leon was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church in Hutchinson. He received his education in the Hutchinson School District.

Leon enlisted in the US Army May 12, 1942 at Ft. Snelling, Minn. He took part in the battles of Guadal Canal, Bogganville, Iwo Jima, and Northern Solomons, earning six battle stars. Leon was one of five brothers in the service at the same time, all returning to the Hutchinson area. Leon earned his honorable discharge Dec. 6, 1945 at Camp McCoy, Wis.

Leon was united in marriage with Frances Mae Anderson of Armstrong, Iowa Dec. 12, 1948 at the Faith Lutheran Church in Hutchinson by Rev. Hansen. At the time of their marriage, Frances was a nurse at the Hutchinson hospital. “Franny,” as she was best known, died June 8, 1989.

Leon first worked in building construction, and after being a deputy for two years, became sheriff of Mcleod County, serving in that position for 24 years. He was a six-term peace officer.

Leon was a fair and just man. He enjoyed 40 years with the McLeod County Fair Board, and was involved with the Glencoe Brewer’s Baseball Club, where he ran the concession stand. He bowled on Glencoe teams through the years, and loved to play cards with his friends. He also often hunted and fished.

Leon belonged to the Glencoe VFW, the Glencoe American Legion, and the Elks.

Two-hundred-fifty guests gathered to celebrate his 90th birthday in January 2005 at an open house at Christ Lutheran Church.

Leon and Fran loved to travel, and flew to Denmark to meet his parent’s families.

In addition to his wife, Leon was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Alfred, Leonard, and Ray Odegaard; and sisters Edith Hansen, Esther Husfeldt, and Lillian Rohlfsen.

He is survived by his brother, Harold Odegaard (wife Sunny) of Hutchinson; sister-in-law Pearl Odegaard of Arlington; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and many friends.

The funeral service took place Wednesday Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Glencoe with the Rev. Kristi Schiroo officiating. The pianist was Twyla Kirkeby. Soloist Randy Wilson sang “The Lord’s Prayer.” Congregational hymns were “On Eagle’s Wings,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” and “Softly And Tenderly.” Interment was in the Glencoe Cemetery, with military honors by the Glencoe VFW 5102 and Glencoe American Legion 95.

Serving as casket bearers were Bruce Odegaard, Eldon Jacobson, Glen Jacobson, Ron Bonine, David Husfeldt and Tim Jenkins. Honorary casket bearers were Ron Kirchoff, Russel Pettis, James Jurek, Scott Schwartz, Dennis Wendlandt, Dale Pagel, Victor Ide, and Sherman Glavon.

Arrangements were with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe.

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