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Toye Odegaard

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May 26, 1914-March 12, 2012

Toye L. Odegaard, 97, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, March 12, 2012 at his home.

Toye was born the son of Iver and Betsy (Leegard) Odegaard on May 26, 1914 in rural Detroit Lakes. He attended country school and helped on the family farm as a young man.

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Toye was united in marriage to Ida Johnson on April 26, 1941 in Westbury. They made their home in Detroit Lakes until they moved to Hawley, where Toye worked for Minnesota Valley Breeders Association until retiring in 1976. They returned to Detroit Lakes for their retirement years and were members of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Toye enjoyed gardening with Ida, woodworking and playing his harmonica for his family. He always treasured the time spent with his children and grandchildren.

Surviving Toye are his wife of 70 years, Ida Odegaard of Detroit Lakes; five children, Kathy (Dick) Riedberger of Detroit Lakes, Ordell (Peggy) Odegaard of Park Rapids, Roger (Jean) Odegaard of Alexandria, James (Melanie) Odegaard of Hawley, and Betty (Steve) Wignes of Nevis; 16 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding Toye in death were his parents; one grandson, Bradley Odegaard; four brothers, Gaylord, Alfred, Julian and Julius Odegaard and four sisters, Ida and Gladys Odegaard, Odena Anderson and Ina Coughlin.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 15, with a 6:30 p.m. prayer service, at West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes.

Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, March 16 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, with interment at Egelund Cemetery, rural Detroit Lakes.

Those wanting to share memories and condolences online may use the messages of sympathy section at www.westkjos.com.

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