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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: Mcpl R McKay
Relation: just a member of Cdn Armed Forces 2 RCHA ret.

from one gunner to another, aim high and see you up later.

From: Allen Kehler
Relation: Cousin

Our deepest sympathy to you Kathy and family. While you were one of the older Klassen cousins you and Glen have made an i.psct on our lives. I recall my dad really enjoying visiting with Glen. Allen & Anita Kehler, Winnipeg.

From: Robert J. Taylor
Relation: 1 RCHA member with Glen.

Another 1RCHA compatriot, mostly in Germany. My condolences to his family and friends, he was a good man.

From: Rose Miller And John McDade
Relation: Sister-in-law and brother-in-law of son Gord

We are so sorry for your loss. Our condolences to you and your family Gord.

From: Clyde & Margaret Bungay

Dear Verna & Family, so sorry to hear about your Father,
With Sincere Sympathy.

From: Janice & Tony Collins
Relation: Musical friends

Dearest Kathy, Verna and family, Our heartfelt sympathies go out to you at this sad, sad time. Glen had to be the sweetest, most affectionate man that the good Lord ever put on this earth. I will always cherish and remember Glen giving me that wonderful warm hug, he was so famous for. Glen will be so greatly missed.

From: Ivan Poitras
Relation: friend

I served with Chester (Glen) when we were both young soldiers with 1 RCHA in Germany and Gagetown. We met again in Cranbrook, BC many years later when we were both retired.
Glen was a good soldier, an excellent athlete and a fine gentleman.
My wife, June, and I extend our condolences to Cathy, to their children and grandchildren.

Bill (Ivan) and June Poitras

From: David and Helen Cole
Relation: Friends of the family

Dear Irma, Kathryn and Families Our deepest sympathy to you at this time of loss. Our prayers are with you all at this time.

From: Dan Charron
Relation: Gunner 1RCHA

The greatest of men! Most memorable RSM I ever had! Sadly missed by all who served with him. My deepest condolences to the family. Rest in peace RSM, thank you for your service.

From: Joyce Bull
Relation: A friend and we served on the board of concerned citizens

I am so sorry to hear of Glens passing , Kathy you and your family have our deepest sympathy. Glen was a good man and honorable . Lorne and Joyce Bull

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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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