Leon J. Odenbrett
Wednesday, November 21, 1934
Date of Death:
Saturday, December 19, 2020
86 years old
Leon J. Odenbrett
Leon Odenbrett, 86, of Stewatrville, MN passed away on December 19, 2020 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, MN.
Leon was born on November 21, 1934 in Fulda, MN to Bill and Agnes Odenbrett. He was sent on a train in 1950 to Illinois to join the Catholic Seminary. In 1954, he joined the army and was stationed in Germany. In 1958, he moved to Rochester, MN and married Virginia, who were later divorced. Leon worked at the Rochester Community College for 28 years.
Leon was quite the daredevil. He enjoyed skiing, biking, roller coasters, and skydived over 20 times. His love of religion and God was amazing.
Leon is survived by his daughter, Theresa (Jay) Lane; son, Mike (Kari) Odenbrett; 2 grandchildren, whom he adored; one brother; and two sisters.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.
The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Church of the Resurrection Catholic Church in Rochester, MN. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service with a luncheon at the Eagle’s Club to follow. Burial will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston, MN the following day.
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Leon was a colleague of mine at Rochester Community and Technical College. What a gentleman...kind, caring, polite and always eager to please! Leon took great pride in his work...always making certain his work area presented a great first impression for enrolled and prospective students, faculty/staff and campus visitors. Leon was a bike rider and I remember having many conversations about his two-wheeled travels. In thoughts, prayers and sympathy.
Don Supalla, RCTC President Emeritus
My name is Rhonda Jensson. I work at Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC). I knew Leon when he worked here years ago and I always thought he was such a kind gentleman. He was one of my favorite people. He worked on the maintenance team and it's a tough job, but through it all he was always so kind and helpful to me. I work in the box office for the music and drama department and after he retired he'd sometimes come to the concerts or a play now and again. He used to work the 2nd shift and after he retired, I suppose he finally had the time to actually come to a few of our shows that he helped me get ready for. When he was working here, he and the other guys on 2nd shift usually got assigned the setup details for our post-show receptions and dinner theatre events--all in addition to their normal daily duties of course. It was a lot of work to set up all those tables and chairs and I was always so grateful for the helpful can-do attitudes of Leon and the others on the maintenance team. They were the best group of guys. After some time, he stopped coming to the shows and I never spoke to him again---until last year when I was pleasantly surprised to learn that he was at the same care facility in Stewartville as my father. I saw him now and then walking the hallways when I'd go visit dad. I tried talking to him but I dont think he remembered me. Even so, I was so glad to see him. I am sorry to hear of his passing. My own father died a few months ago. Anyway, please accept my deepest sympathy to all of his friends and family. I remember him as a truly wonderful man. Blessings to you all. A former colleage, Rhonda Jensson, RCTC Music/Theatre Department.
Leon you were a great Brother and missed very much love you❤️
My heartfelt condolences are sent your way from the Billingsley Family. Now Uncle Leon is with his mom dad and sister. RIP sweet man. 💜
I will always remember Leon. He is unforgettable and the memories of him will not fade away.