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Odegaard, Russell "Dan Reed" 1932-2012


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Date: 10/1/2017 at 20:09:26

Russell "Dan Reed" Odegaard aka Dan Reed

Russell Odegaard, 80, passed away Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the V.A. Hospital in Des Moines. Russ was born July 5, 1932 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Evangeline and Leonard Odegaard. As a child, he spent a lot of time visiting his Grandma Minnie in Fairfax, MN.

He served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict. In 1966, Russ earned his Masters Degree from Drake University. His greatest passion was teaching high school for the Des Moines Public Schools, but on the weekends he was a music disc jockey for WHO Radio in Des Moines from 1970-1989.

Russ was very proud of his Norwegian heritage and was a member of the Sons of Norway. He was also a member of American Legion Post #42. He enjoyed magic, puppetry, music, trivia, photography, painting, cartooning, art, traveling, interviewing country music artists and comedy.

Russ is survived by his wife of 57 years, Romayne; six children, Len (Patti) Odegaard, Larry (Dottie) Odegaard, Leif Odegaard, Lorri Lynde, Linda (Bill) Blubaugh, and Lance (Mitzi) Odegaard; 12 grandchildren, Tiffany, Jeremy, Angie, Amanda, Jesica, Sara, Ben, Isiah, Zach, Noah, Derrick and Justin; as well as 12 great-grandchildren, with 2 more on the way.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, October 4, 2012 at Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 NW 60th Avenue. The family will greet friends from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Legion Post 42, the V.A. Hospital, or New Direction Fellowship of God in loving memory of Russ.

Online condolences may be made to: www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com ~ The Des Moines (IA) Register tues 02 Oct 2012.


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