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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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Relation: we were friends and served on board of Concerned Citizens

We are saddened by Glens passing, Kathy and family you have our deepest sympathy. Glen was a soldier a husband and father and good at all…..LORNE AND JOYCE BULL

From: Terry and Clare Meindl
Relation: Fellow Soldier

Our condolences and prayers go out to Kathy and family. Served with Glen in 1RCHA Germany 1968-71. May he rest in peace

From: Anja Moorbeck
Relation: Family

Hello Aunt Kathy, Verna, Tom, Jessica, Judy, Barry, Gordon, Kathy and the rest of this great family. We are all so sorry about your loss and very sad. He was such a great and lovingly man. Our thoughts are with you. Many hugs to all of you.
Love Günter and Renate, Anja mit Ralf, Alexander, Ulrike and Katharina, Corinna mit Carsten, Jannis, Lukas and Christina and also from Walter und Erika with family

From: Linda & Jori Adank
Relation: Friends

Cathy & family, we were very sorry to hear the news of Glen’s passing. Thinking of you at this time, Linda & Jori Adank.

From: Rick & Vera Hoyland
Relation: Military Comrade

We have fond memories of the Oderkirk family – Verna babysat our kids – from Gagetown & Germany. We recall Glen getting dropped off (literally) on the floor of 1RCHA Officers’ Stand Easy when he took his commission. Glen was an outstanding soldier and a simply a great person to know and to serve with. We were truly saddened to learn of his passing from Doreen Walton. The Oderkirk clan are in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless you.

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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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