Funeral services for Harry Odenbach were held on Monday, Juy 1, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at the Hope UCC Church in Fairfax, SD with Pastor Russ Grim officiating.
Music was provided by Cheryl Jons, organist and Lois Laber was in charge of registration.
Casket bearers were Leroy Wolf, Hale Neumiller, Dale Neumiller, Dion Neumiller, Ralph Bauchamp and Dick Odenbach. Honorary casket bearers we all of his family, friends and coffee drinkers.
Interment was in the Rosebud Cemetery in Bonesteel, SD. Clausen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Harry was born at Fairfax, SD, the fourth son born of John and Emelia (Wolf) Odenbach on November 19, 1923. He was baptized in the Hope Congregational Church in Fairfax. He grew up with siblings Edmond, Benjamin, and Betty Mae. The ranch and farm life of the South Dakota prairie was the teaching tool his parents educated him with.
Harry’s love of the outdoors caused him to detest the indoor environment of reading, writing and arithmetic. He spent as few days as possible attaining his formal education. At the completion of his 6th grade school year, he had learned as much as he needed. He returned for a few days in each of the next two years, but preferred the labor required for cattle, hogs, and horse care, wood cutting, haying, and farming. He worked for area farmers and ranchers along with helping at the home place northwest of Fairfax, SD.
Harry was drafted into the United States Army on June 26, 1943. After basic training he received orders for a trip to France to help fight WW II. Once landed, he was a military policeman sent to Oberusal, Germany where he helped keep a double barrier of guards around the worst of the German prisoners while they awaited trial. He received an honorable discharge in 1946. Harry was an active member of the Roy Garinger Post #36.
Harry desired to learn the skills required to build roadways, ditches, and bridges. He was hired by G.H. Lindekugel Construction to operate a Caterpillar to shape highways across the state with a road building crew.
While he enjoyed the work experiences, Harry always had time to find area entertainment along with his brothers, cousins, and friends. He met Bernita Virginia Beauchamp who was a rural school teacher at District #88 north of Bonesteel. Harry and Bernita were married at the Congregational Church in Fairfax, SD on August 10, 1949. They purchased their first home – a 24’ trailer to travel with the Lindekugel crew during the summer months and as their home in the winter. In 1953, they moved to the location NE of Herrick, where Bernita had grown up and Harry became a farmer.
Harry opened the Bonesteel Farm Supply store in 1959 where he became an International Harvester and Farmall tractor mechanic and salesman. In 1961, he went to work for the Department of Roads. This began a long-term employment relationship that lasted until 1986. During this time, the young newlyweds purchased a home on the north side of Bonesteel and began a remodeling project that lasted all the days of their ownership. They became the parents of a daughter, Connie Rae in 1955 and a son, Randy Glen in 1963. In 1963, they purchased ranch land north of Bonesteel that adjoined Harry’s parent’s acres.
Harry enjoyed his retirement years at the coffee shops, shaking dice, and sharing laughs, memories and stories with his friends. He liked moving dirt with his Caterpillar and payloader, and the yearly deer