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Chester ("Glen") Glenford Oderkirk

September 12, 1935 - May 5, 2018


On Saturday, May 5, 2018, Chester Glenford “Glen” Oderkirk passed away as the result of a traffic accident in Cranbrook, BC with his wife by his side. Glen was born on September 12, 1935 in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia.

Glen was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces – Artillery (1RCHA) and served our country for 37 years. Glen joined the Armed Forces in Halifax, Nova Scotia on February 1, 1954 and retired on September 12, 1990 in Trenton, Ontario.  At his retirement he held the rank of Captain.  Glen married Kathryn Hildebrand on May 12, 1956.

Glen leaves to mourn his passing, his beloved wife of almost 62 years, Kathryn as well as his children Judy (Barrie), Gordon (Kathy) and Verna (Tom). Glen also leaves seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Also left behind are his brothers; Arthur (Marina), Robert (Christina), Roger, Alexander and Richard as well as his sisters; Helena, Linda (Mike) and Irma (Paul) and many nieces, nephews and “adopted” children and grandchildren.   He was predeceased by his parents, Clara and Melvern Oderkirk and his brothers, Joseph, Phillip, Bernard and Camber.

A Celebration of Life for Glen will be held at the Eagle Hall, 715 Kootenay St. N., Cranbrook, BC on Saturday June 2, 2018 at 3 pm  The family has requested you wear red in honor of Glen on this day. If friends desire, memorial donations may be made to your local minor hockey association (or similar youth sports program) or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon, #4, 1551 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna, BC  V1Y 9M9.  Condolences may be left for the family at


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From: Mark Memorial Funeral Services

Mark Memorial Funeral Services Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Sid & sheila Rafuse
Relation: Served together B Battery 1RCHA Germany, and also Glens brother Roger in 1SSM Bty Germany

Kathryn and Family
Please accept our sincere condolences, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

From: Wayne/Sandy MacTavish
Relation: Served many years together

So sorry to hear of you’re loss. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family.Glen and I served many years together , he was a great comrade and friend. May he Rest in Peace . E of M

From: Don and Sandy Walker
Relation: Friend

Kathy and family,

Our deepest sympathy in the sudden loss of Glen. Many memories come to mind of all the great years we spent together in the military. He will be missed by many and may the memories you have sustain you in the days ahead. Keeping all of you in our thoughts and prayers. RIP Glen. Ubique. Don and Sandy Walker

From: Bob Howell
Relation: Fellow Gunner

I served with Glen when he was the RSM in 1 RCHA, he was a good fair man. Please accept our deepest sympathies. End of Mission, Stand Easy Ubique Bob and Colleen Howell

From: Terry & Barb Leal
Relation: Friends

Barb and my condolences go to Kathy and her family on the loss of Glen

From: Diana and Ken Takasaki
Relation: Neighbor

Kathy and family,
We are so sorry to learn of Glen’s passing. He was a good neighbor.

From: Bob and Sharon Elrick
Relation: Military comrade

To Kathy and all family members we send condolences and hopes that your recovery goes well. We were privileged to know Glen and Kathy socially and for me professionally. He was one of “the good guys” – good natured, highest level of knowledge and impressive leadership skill. It was always paying attention when someone would start to say something about either or both of them – because it always meant a pleasant story was coming.
Bob and Sharon Elrick

From: Grace and Fred Speth
Relation: We were childhood friends.

Kathy and family – We were so sorry to hear of Chester’s passing. Please know that many friends on the east coast are thinking of you folks. I remember Ches from Rockley days – the Oderkirks and MacKays have always been good friends.. With love and sympathy, Grace (MacKay/Trenholm) Speth

From: Jim Cornett
Relation: Served under him

Sincere Sympathy to all of your family.
He was an inspiring leader and a real good guy!

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Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
June 2, 2018
Beginning at 3:00pm

Eagles Hall
715 Kootenay St. N.
Cranbrook, BC Canada

Arrangements to be announced soon.

715 Kootenay St. N.
Cranbrook, BC Canada

Memorial Gifts

Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:

Any ocal minor hockey association (or similar youth sports program) or the

Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon,

#4, 1551 Sutherland Ave.,

Kelowna, BC  V1Y 9M9

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