January 21, 1920 ~ August 3, 2013
Surrounded by his loved ones, Albert B. Odenbach of Rimbey, Alberta passed away peacefully at the Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre ~ Area Three on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at the age of 93 years.
Albert was born in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan on January 21, 1920, and moved with his family to Rimbey, Alberta in 1925. He attended school, finishing Grade 8, and in 1939, Albert purchased a quarter section of land at the north end of Gull Lake. During World War II, Albert proudly served in the Canadian Army for nearly five years as an assistant surveyor. He was a Life Member of the Royal Canadian Legion. In 1950, Albert was united in marriage to Mary Reis and together they raised a family of four children on the family farm. During this time, he also worked as a bookkeeper for Harwil Construction for 33 years. Albert actively farmed until moving full time into Rimbey in 2002.
“He will be forever remembered for his gentle nature, witty sense of humour, and his infectious smile. Albert was liked by all who knew him and will be missed by many.”
Albert is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Mary; and his four children: Andy (Debbie) of Blackfalds; Arny (Fiona) of Sherwood Park; Tony (Cathy) of Red Deer; and Linda (Ken) Boese of Innisfail. Also missing their grandfather are his nine cherished grandchildren: Jennifer, Theresa, Steven, James, Andrea, Jeff, Connor, Colin and Kristy; as well as five special great grandchildren: Ashley, Raelynne, Jacob, Danika and Levi. Albert is also survived by his brother, Rueben of Rocky Mountain House; his sister, Helen Frank of Ponoka; his brother-in-law, Joe Reis; and his sisters-in-law: Ann Krossa, Edna Schmidt and Thordis Reis; in addition to numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends. Albert was predeceased by his parents, Christian and Wilhelmina; two brothers and three sisters; as well as several brothers and sisters-in-law.
The Rimbey Care Centre ~ Area Three, was Albert’s home for nearly three years with Mary at his side each and every day. The Odenbach Family would like to thank the staff of Area Three for all their care, compassion, understanding and support during this time.
A Public Funeral Service in Celebration of Albert’s Life was held at the Rimbey Community Centre, 5109 – 54 Street, Rimbey on Monday, August 12, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Al Lewis and Pastor Mark Schultz officiating. Interment followed in the Legion Field of Honour, West Haven Cemetery, Rimbey. If friends desire, memorial tributes in Albert’s Memory may be made directly to the David Thompson Health Trust, c/o Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre ~ Area Three, Box 440, Rimbey, Alberta T0C 2J0; or to the Royal Canadian Legion, Rimbey Branch No. 36, Box 508, Rimbey, Alberta T0C 2J0.
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