David Glenn Odden

Starbuck, Minnesota


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David Glenn Odden, 65, died Sunday, December 9, 2018, at home under Hospice care. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, December 13, 2018, at Zniewski Funeral Home in Benson. Visitation will continue from 12-1 p.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 1 p.m., Friday, December 14, 2018, at Kerkhoven Evangelical Free Church. Private family Interment will be in Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church Cemetery.

David Glenn Odden was born September 21, 1953, in Benson, Minnesota, to Richard and Martha Ahlschwede Odden.  Dave obtained his private pilot’s license before graduating from Benson High School in 1971.  Following High School, Dave attended Kundert Aviation in Fargo, ND, where he received his aircraft and power-plant mechanic licenses and continued his flying lessons.  On February 26, 1972, he was united in marriage to Barbara Joanne Lee at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church by Pastor Victor Quello.  They lived in rural Benson until 2002 when they moved to their home on Lake Minnewaska near Starbuck, MN.  This union was blessed with 2 children and 5 grandchildren.  After graduation Dave worked for Warren Jackson before returning to Lorenz Manufacturing where he had worked prior to graduation from high school.  In 1979, Dave went to work for Agralite Electric Cooperative where he worked as a lineman and meter-man for 34 years.  After retiring in 2013 he enjoyed spending time at the lake with his family.  Dave was also a Ham radio operator and enjoyed long range shooting, precision reloading, hunting, fishing, and playing poker with the Peek Club and studying his Bible.  Most of all, he loved the time he spent with his 3 granddaughters!!!

Dave passed away Sunday, December 9, 2018, at home under Hospice care.  He attained the age of 65 years, 2 months and 18 days.

He is survived by his wife, Barb; children, Jana Smith and Keri (Dan) Ohren; grandchildren: Annika Smith, Bailey Ohren, and Kaelyn Ohren, all of Kerkhoven, MN; and his brother, Jim (Ann) Odden.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dick and Martha Odden; grandparents, Knute Jr. and Ethel Odden and George and Luise Ahlschwede; grandchildren, Joshua and Anthony Smith in infancy; son-in-law, Steve Smith; father-in-law, Irving Lee; mother-in-law, Alma Lee; and many aunts and uncles.

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Barb and Family are family always enjoyed are time at Waska Wood camp ground.
Dave was a great Man. Will be missed.

God's blessings. I grew up as David's neighbor on Wisconsin Avenue in Benson. I have many fond memories of David.

I met Dave on a small caliber forum, we became good friends over the years, sharing ideas, experiences and an overall passion for precision rifles. He also had numerous acquaintances on Saubier.com, and his contributions will be missed. Condolences to the family, you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you a portion of His Perfect Peace in this trying time.

To Dave's family: I knew Dave minimally and for just a short time, after meeting him when he handed me a delicious bar from behind the dessert table at the Men's Auxiliary's spaghetti feed a couple of years ago. During brief conversations after that I learned of Dave's love of God and Scripture and had a series of FB messages with him that I will not forget. He inspired me to study more into what he shared with me. Since learning of his health issues this summer I have kept him in my...

As much as we like (and probably should) to hate social media, some of us had a chance over the last few years to re-connect with Dave through that medium. The picture above was taken at the Benson Class of 71 45th reunion in August 2016. Dave's wit,

My sympathies to the Odden family. I remember my dad talking about Dave and the 'young guys' at Agralite back in the day. Recently, I had the opportunity to chat with Dave on Facebook about some old Agralite pictures from 1960-1980 that I had stumbled upon, and talk about the memories. God bless.

Rest In Peace my dear cousin. No more pain or suffering as you walk with the angels for the rest of time. Thoughts and prayers to our family......

I met Dave through work, but it didnt take long to consider him a friend. I truly enjoyed his wit and will always remember him with the utmost fondness. Please accept my condolences for your loss and my congratulations for having such a fine man as your husband, family, friend.

Godspeed, Dear Dave.