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In Memory of

James Fredrick Odegard

October 6, 1933 - August 27, 2017

Obituary


It is with deep sorrow but by the grace of God, James Frederick Odegard passed away peacefully while working at his desk on Saturday August 26th 2017 at the age of 83.

He was born at Providence Hospital on October 6th 1933 to Georgia and James F. Odegard who lived in the "Tangle-Town" district of North Seattle near Green lake.

He is survived by his 2 sons; Kevin (Everett WA) and Randy (Kent WA). Also Andrew Sherack and Kari Erickson by his marriage to Asti Odegard who pre-deceased him.

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It is with deep sorrow but by the grace of God, James Frederick Odegard passed away peacefully while working at his desk on Saturday August 26th 2017 at the age of 83.

He was born at Providence Hospital on October 6th 1933 to Georgia and James F. Odegard who lived in the "Tangle-Town" district of North Seattle near Green lake.

He is survived by his 2 sons; Kevin (Everett WA) and Randy (Kent WA). Also Andrew Sherack and Kari Erickson by his marriage to Asti Odegard who pre-deceased him.

Dad is also survived by his 3 granddaughters Kirsten, Megan and Carlyn, all of Everett and 4 great grandchildren, all of whom he adored.

Dad, ("Jimmy, Jim, James, Ode, Grandpa O, Big papa, Great grandpa" ) as he was known, attended Lincoln High School in Seattle where he met Marsha Haworth who became his first wife and mother of Kevin (Little-Papa) and Randy. Marsha pre-deceased Dad in 1967. They resided in the Ravenna and Maple Leaf districts of Seattle close to where he worked.

"Ode" worked over 30 years at Seattle City Light in the overhead line crews where he developed many lifelong relationships with many hard working, fun loving exceptional people. Always ready for both hard work and a good time, when not working, they were willing to work in dangerous and inclimate conditions so that the rest of us could have lights and heat in our homes when it was dark and more than miserable outside.

Dad loved to travel, in retirement he and Austi made trips to Mexico, Tahiti, China, Vietnam and Norway in addition to throughout the United States.

A lifelong Husky athletics fan he loved nothing more than going to, watching or listening to the games; Women's basketball, volleyball, softball and particularly men's Football. His Football season tickets continue thru this and many seasons to come. He had a nasty scar on the inside of his left bicep from climbing a fence to get into a football game when he was young.

Always preferring to use the back door, his brief residence at Brookdale Retirement center in Mill Creek found him somehow obtaining a copy of the back door key so he could come and go at his leisure without signing in and out at the front desk like he was supposed to. It really was a matter of convenience. I was always taught to follow the rules, "do as I say not as I do" he would say. Now I know where I get it.

By example Dad taught us the virtues of Love, Devotion, Patience (though sometimes it didn't seem like it), Compassion, Self-reliance and Determination. A great conversationalist, he love to talk on the phone. We spoke nearly every day of my life, something for which I am now eternally grateful.

Needless to say, he will be greatly missed by many.

"Don't forget" Dad, we love you.