The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Obituaries

November 17, 2012

Kenneth 'Ken' Odell

—   Kenneth L. Odell, age 77, died peacefully on November 16, 2012. Ken was born March 18, 1935 in Montrose, SD to Robert and Cora (Hetland) Odell.  He graduated from Montrose High School in 1953.  He graduated from South Dakota State University at Brookings in 1957 with a degree in Pharmacy. Ken was a pharmacist in Valley Springs, SD before relocating to St. Peter in 1963.  After working for Dry Pharmacy, he purchased the business and renamed it Odell Rexall Pharmacy in 1965. He sold the business in 1981. He went on to become a general agent for Lutheran Brotherhood, retiring in 1997. After retirement, he volunteered at Monroe Elementary, Habitat for Humanity and the ECHO Food Shelf.

  Ken married Jane (Johnson) Briggs on July 29, 1991 in Stillwater. He was previously married to Joan (Lewis) Sercl for 28 years.  Ken was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandpa, brother and friend.  He enjoyed music, fixing things, and spending time at the cabin on Ten Mile Lake near Hackensack. But Kens greatest love was his family and the many memories they created together.

  Ken is survived by his wife, Jane of Mankato; six children, Lindi (Craig) Bitter of Saline, MI, Teri (Henry) LeMaire of Corpus Christi, TX, Karen (Scott) Youngblom of Saline, MI, Sandy (Stephane) Billat of Broomfield, CO, Becca (Lance) Kansas of Cottage Grove, and Megan (Steve) Speers of Hopkins; thirteen grandchildren, Kelsi and Jori Bitter, Kellen and Lindsey Mahone and Leah LeMaire, Luke and Abby Youngblom, Antoine and Jacques Billat, Emma and Drew Kansas, Lucy and Annabelle Speers; sister, Mary Ann Jacobsen of Sioux Falls, SD; two sisters-in-law, Judy (Forrest) Chaffee of St. Peter and Jeanne (Frank) Agnello of Olympia, WA; nieces, nephews, and cousins, as well as numerous friends and loved ones that will all miss him dearly,

  Ken was preceded in death by his parents, Cora and Bob Odell; brother, Bobby Odell and brother-in-law, Tom Jacobsen.

  A Memorial Service will be held at Hosanna Lutheran Church in Mankato, MN at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, with Rev. Dennis Heiden, officiating.   Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service.  Burial will be in St. Peters Lutheran Cemetery, Madison, South Dakota.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to Habitat for Humanity, ECHO Food Shelf or a charity of the donors choice. Mankato Mortuary is assisting with arrangements.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Obituaries
  • Rachel VanHorn

     Rachel VanHorn, 71, of Amboy, died on Friday, July 25, 2014.

    July 25, 2014

  • pauline halvorson.JPG Pauline Halvorson

       Pauline Halvorson, age 98 of Mankato, died on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Oaklawn Health Care Center.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • DeLores Porter.JPG DeLores (Christensen) Porter

     DeLores (Christensen) Porter, Beloved Mother and Grandmother, age 85, of Mankato, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Keystone Communities in Mankato.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Donald Schmidt.JPG Ronald "Ron" George Schmidt

     Ronald "Ron" George Schmidt, 66, went to be with his Lord and join his parents in Heaven on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Melba Katterhagen.JPG Melba Katterhagen

      Melba Katterhagen, age 82 of Waseca, died on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at the Lakeshore Inn in Waseca.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • judy peery 1.JPG Judith "Judy" A. Peery

       Judith "Judy" A. Peery, 73, of Mankato, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Oaklawn Health Care Center.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Alice Mae Benson

    Alice Mae Benson, age 88, of Madison Lake died on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Hillcrest Health Care Center, Mankato, MN.

    July 24, 2014

  • Lyle Cromer.JPG Lyle Lawrence Cromer

    Lyle Lawrence Cromer, age 82 of Waseca passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at Colony Court Memory Care in Waseca surrounded by his family.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Pauline Halvorson

    Pauline Halvorson, age 98 of Mankato, died on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Oaklawn Health Care Center.

    July 24, 2014

  • Maynard Lee Peterson

    Maynard Lee Peterson, 93, passed away Tuesday evening, July 22, 2014, at the Lodge on Natchez in Elko, Minnesota.

    July 24, 2014