Keith Odden, 67, Burlington, died Friday, Aug. 2, 2013 in a Minot hospital.
Keith Harold Odden, son of John and Meryla (Smalldon) Odden, was born May 29, 1946 in Sydney, Australia. He was reared and educated in Rugby and graduated from Rugby High School. He furthered his education at NDSU-Bottineau and Wahpeton NDSCS, and later apprenticed for CAT machinery as a master diesel mechanic, where he continued his education and training.
Keith proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged Feb. 16, 1972.
On Aug. 21, 1976, Keith was united in marriage to Jacqueline Baddeley in Perth, Australia. They, along with daughter Kylie, made their home in Australia, later moving to Phoenix, Ariz. where son Christopher joined the family in 1980.
The family moved back to Australia for several years, returning to the U.S. early 1985.
The couple has lived in Burlington for the past 29 years. During that time, Keith worked as a diesel mechanic for Butler Machinery, Minot. Due to failing health, he retired four years ago.
A devoted husband and family man, Keith is survived by Jackie, his wife of nearly 37 years; daughter, Kylie Cooke, and son, Chris, all of Burlington.
Other survivors are his mother, of Minot; granddaughter, Amber Cooke, of Burlington; grandson, Joshua Cooke, of Pensacola, Florida; brothers Robert, of Lyman, Wyo., and David, of Garrison; sister, Maureen Odden, of Minot. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Keith was preceded in death by his father.
Visitation: Wednesday, Aug, 7 from 2-7 p.m. at Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot
Funeral Service: Thursday, Aug. 8 at 10:30 a.m., Peace Lutheran Church, Burlington.
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