Douglas Odegaard, Sr.

Douglas Odegaard, Sr.

Douglas Odegaard, Sr.

Douglas Odegaard, Sr., 91, Fargo, passed away Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, at his home.

Services will be held Friday, Sept. 10, at 10 a.m., with visitation for one hour prior to service, at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo.

Douglas Melvin Odegaard, Sr. w a s born July 4, 1930, in Grafton, son of Melvin and Ida (Hagen) Odegaard. He graduated from Grafton High School in 1948. He enlisted in the North Dakota National Guard Co. C, 164th Regiment, in October of 1947. After high school graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving in the Korean War. He married Shirley Matzke on Sept. 12, 1952, in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. He was employed by Northwestern Bell until he enrolled at the University of North Dakota, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in education. He rejoined the National Guard and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1955 and retired as a captain in the United States Army. He taught at Crookston High School, was employed by State Farm Insurance Company, North Dakota Mill Elevator and Bridgeman Creamery. He returned to the education field as the Education Services Office at Grand Forks AFB and Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico, and as military airlift command deputy education director at Scott AFB, Illinois. He later returned to Grafton and married Elizabeth Getz on Feb. 27, 1972. He was employed as business manager for Getz Rexall Drug Company and then in 1980 as North Dakota State administrative officer for the United States Department of Agriculture/Agricultural and Stabilization and Conservation Service. After retiring, they moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, and Fargo. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, 40 et 8, AmVets, Elks, Eagles, Masonic Lodge and Shrine, past president of the Grafton Chamber of Commerce and served on the North Dakota State Selective Service and Advisory Board to North Dakota Job Services.

He is survived by his children: Steve (Diane) Odegaard, Lori (Mike) Sorteberg, Julie (Brian) Hersch, David ( Jan) Odegaard, Dan (Lana) Odegaard and Douglas (Michel Ann) Odegaard Jr.; 14 grandchildren; 15 greatgrandchildren; and brother, Marvin (Kris) Odegaard.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; parents; and sisters, Marie, LaMoine and Beverly.


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