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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: Sonny & Jessie Peters
Relation: Cousin to Kathy

Our deepest sympathies to you Kathy, and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

From: Cam & Marlene Campbell
Relation: Served with Glen in Brantford, On and were neighbours & very good friends.

Our sincerest condolences to you Kathy & family on the passing of Glen. We have so many good memories while serving with Glen and also an everlasting friendship.

From: Cecil & Nellie Lucas
Relation: His daughter is married to our nephew Tom.

Our condolences to Verna & all her family.May your Dad rest in peace.

From: Mike Morrison
Relation: A fellow soldier

Glen was a great soldier. I had the pleasure of serving with him a number of years . I was saddened to hear of his passing – my condolences to the family. Fond memories of our shared military experience will rMikeemain with me forever.

From: Leslie & Stacey
Relation: Friend

We were blessed to know Glen and we are saddened that it wasn’t for longer. He will be missed! Our prayers are with Glen and his family.

From: Jim Marshall
Relation: Friend

Lorraine and I would like to express our deepest sympathy for your loss.

From: Shirley Wall
Relation: An old military friend

My deepest condolences to Kathy and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time, Am so glad you came to visit when you passed through a couple of years ago.

From: Brenda Bergen -Jaques
Relation: cousin

So sorry to hear of Glen’s passing. Praying for all the families as you cope during this difficult time.

From: Keith Larsen
Relation: Friend of the family thru music

Kathryn, Verna,Tom and family. Our thoughts and condolences are with you at this time.

From: Major Mike Calnan
Relation: Regimental family

The Calnan Clan send their heartfelt condolences to Clan Oderkirk. What a shock! Best wishes to your Mom for a speedy recovery. Hugs! Mike Calnan.

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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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