|Birth: ||Jul. 30, 1929|
|Death: ||Jul. 30, 2012, USA|
In memoriam of Gary W. Omodt, 07/30/1929 - 07/18/2012
Gary W. Omodt, 82, of Brookings died Wednesday, July 18, 2012. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00am Monday, July 23, 2012 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Brookings. Visitation will be from 5pm to 7pm Sunday at Rude's Funeral Home, in Brookings with a Liturgical Wake Service beginning at 6:30pm.
Gary Wilson Omodt was born in Houston, Minnesota on July 30, 1929 to Arnold and Tina (Wilson) Omodt. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1958 with a Ph.D. in Pharmacy. On September 7, 1957 he was united in marriage to Carol Ann Mertens. After Gary worked as a Pharmacist for 3 years in St. Paul, Minnesota, the couple moved to Brookings, SD in 1958 where Gary became a Professor of Pharmacy at South Dakota State University until his retirement in 1992.
Along with his colleague, Chandradhar Dwivedi, he developed a U.S. Patent for an anticonvulsant in 1992. He was an amazing professor, loved by many of his students, awarded Pharmacy Teacher of the Year a total of 8 times from 1972 to 1992, and the F.O. Butler Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1992.
Gary loved cooking, gardening, music, and dancing. His love of dancing was obvious when he would waltz with his wife, daughters, granddaughters, and the occasional waitress whether there was music playing or not. He was always ready to provide the music himself by serenading them with "Summer Wind". His singing didn't cease on the dance floor; students and loved ones alike were highly entertained with various birthday songs he composed himself, complete with dance moves, of course.
He is survived by his three sons, Greg Omodt, of Sioux Falls, SD, Jeff Omodt of Mankato, MN and Steve (Gale Koepplin) Omodt of Aberdeen, SD; three daughters, Stacy (Darrell) Thomas of Sioux Falls, SD, Karen (Barry) McMahon, of Owatonna, MN and Kelly Omodt of Sioux Falls, SD; his grandchildren, Mike, Wynter, Whysper, and Adam Omodt, Collin, Kelsey, and Marley Thomas, and Jack, Thomas, and Amanda Collins; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife Carol, his parents Arnold and Tina, and his sisters Marjorie, Marion, and Alys.
Arnold Omodt (1881 - 1944)
Tena Wilson Omodt (1882 - 1968)
Carol Ann Mertens Omodt (1938 - 2012)
Alys M Omodt Johnson (1909 - 1985)*
Marjorie Omodt (1918 - 1938)*
Gary Wilson Omodt (1929 - 2012)
South Dakota, USA
Created by: dells
Record added: Jul 23, 2012
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