Rev Lawrence R Odegard

Rev Lawrence R Odegard

Death 12 Dec 2008 (aged 82)
Burial New Albin, Allamakee County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 32194394 · View Source
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Rev. Lawrence R. Odegard, 82, of Waukon, IA, formerly of East Dubuque, IL, died Friday, December 12, 2008, at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 16th, at 11:00 AM at Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church in rural New Albin, IA, with Rev. Paul Burgess officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Wheatland Cemetery, rural New Albin. Friends may call from 4:00 - 8:00 PM Monday at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon.

Lawrence Raymond Odegard was born March 28, 1926 in Oakland, CA, the son of Gustav J. and Anna Marie (Larson) Odegard. He graduated from Fremont High School in Oakland, CA and graduated from San Francisco State College in 1948. He then attended Berkeley Baptist Divinity School, graduating with a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1952. On April 25, 1947 he married Laura Whittenberg in Oakland, CA. Larry served several churches in California and Nevada while maintaining a dual career as a social worker. In 1970, he entered the University of Iowa's graduate school, receiving a master's degree in social work in 1972. Larry was recruited by the University of Dubuque, and served as an Associate Professor for the University of Dubuque, Loras College and Clarke College in there social work programs.

The University of Dubuque is Presbyterian affiliated; he switched denominations, serving as an interim or a guest supply pastor for several churches. Larry's final charge, after retiring from the University, was at Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church and St. John's United Church of Christ, both in rural New Albin, IA, whose pulpits he shared with his wife Rev. Laura. He was a member of the Eitzen Lions Club. Larry enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking bread, singing, playing the trumpet, carpentry work and building model airplanes and trains.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Rev. Laura of Waukon; his children, Mark Odegard of Waukon, Peter (Michelle) Odegard of Dubuque and their children, Jocelyn, Robyn and Martin; Andrew (Catherine) Odegard of Dubuque and their sons, Erik and Jacob; Kristina (Mark) Walleser of Lansing and their sons, Matthew and Joseph; Rebecca (Douglas) Odegard-Siegele of Marion and their children, Hannah, Adam, Wyatt and Christian; Naomi (Gary) Yaddof of McGregor and their children, Emily, Michael, Isaac and Elizabeth; 2 great-grandchildren, Xander and Aspyn Marie; a brother, Kenneth (Dorothy) Odegard of Salem, MO and 3 nieces. He is preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, C.L. and John Odegard and a sister, Kathryn R. Mattison.

Honorary casketbearers are Erik and Jacob Odegard. Casketbearers are Adam, Wyatt and Christian Siegele, Matthew and Joseph Walleser, Martin Odegard, Michael and Isaac Yaddof

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