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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: Diana McEachern
Relation: Cousin

So sorry for your loss. Hugs to the whole family, he will be greatly missed. I will remember his many stories he told me and left me laughing as only he could tell them.

From: Diana McEachern
Relation: Cousin

Kathy & family. We are sorry to hear of this great loss. Our sympathy & prayers to everyone. I will remember Glen’s humor at telling me family stories. Hugs to you all ❤

From: Roberta and Tom McEachern
Relation: cousin

So sorry to hear the news. My thoughts and prayers to you and all of the family.

From: Linda Bickerton
Relation: Family friend from growing up in Rockley, Nova Scotia

Hello Chester’s family – I am Linda Smith, daughter of Clara and Cecil Smith, I grew up in Rockley along with the Oderkirk family. I have so many wonderful memories of that family and was friends with Linda. It was a lively household and fun to visit there. I remember seeing Chester in his uniform and he looked very handsome.
Thinking of the family at this sad time and sending condolences,
Linda Bickerton, Amherst, NS

From: Marilyn & Ian Fancey
Relation: We know some of the family, and, many years later, we lived in the house they were brought up in

Sincere condolences to all of the Oderkirk family for the loss of Glen

From: Harry Rice
Relation: Artillery compatriot

I was so pleased to see Glen and Cathy during their visit to Victoria just a few short weeks ago. I am proud to say he was my friend and Gunner compatriot for so many wonderful years. HJ Rice

From: Catherine Young
Relation: Family friend

Our sincerest condolences to Kathy and family on the loss of husband, father and grandfather. With love Ellie, Bill and Catherine, and Brian and Anna. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

From: Hal (Toad) Curties
Relation: High School friend of daughter, Judy

So sorry to hear about your dad, Judy. Very sad.

From: Dianne Lloy Robertson
Relation: Cousin

So shocked and saddened by the loss of Chester. He was our Prince of a cousin . i always looked up to him on awe. And when he married you you were like a princess for our handsome cousin .our deepest sympathy to you and your families. Love Dianne Lloy Robertson

From: Pamela Bartlett
Relation: A friend of his daughter Judy

I am truly sorry for your loss. Mr. Oderkirk as I had always referred to him was a loving man and gentle soul. He will be missed by so many but even more so by his family. Please pass along my sincerest condolences to Judy, her brother and sister and most importantly his wife. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of support. Pam Bartlett,
Lahr West Germany and Shilo, Manitoba

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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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