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Odell Christenson

December 15, 1947 — November 20, 2021

Wendell

Odell Christenson, 73 of Wendell, died Saturday, November 20, 2021 at Lake Region Healthcare in Fergus Falls, Minnesota.

Odell Ellend Christenson was born on December 15, 1947, in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, the son of Orrin Alfred and Louise Minnie (Weigand) Christenson.  He was confirmed in the West Elbow Lake Lutheran Church.  Odell attended the Wendell School, graduated from the Elbow Lake/Wendell High School, and continued his education at the University of Minnesota Morris.

On December 31, 1988, Odell married Mary Elizabeth Davis in Cataula, Georgia.  In 1991, they relocated from Georgia back to Wendell.  He loved his God, his family, his community, and his country.  He was a Dad, Grandpa, Farmer, Pilot, and a proud National Guard Veteran.  Odell enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and studying the scriptures.  In 1992, he became a member of Grace Free Church. He rededicated his life and was baptized in 1996.   He liked serving his church and did so by driving bus for Release Time, served as AWANA Commander, Missions Committee Chairman, Choir Member, Trustee and Bible Study Leader.  Odell served his community on many boards, Elbow Lake Airport Board, Grant County SWCD, Elbow Lake Township Board, West Elbow Lake Cemetery Board, and Elbow Lake/Wendell School Board for nine years.  He was a member of the American Legion, Grant County Republicans and Lakes Area Pilots Association where he served as the treasurer.

Odell is survived by his wife, Mary; son, Barry (Maria) Christenson of Pittsburg, PA; daughter, Lisa (Dave) Dybdal of Morris; son, Joe (Laura) LaRue of Elbow Lake; grandchildren, Danny and Marissa Christenson, Deven and Shelby Dybdal, Chloe and Skylar LaRue; brother, Gerald Christenson; sisters, Karen (Richard) Lundberg and Darla (Gene) Hanson; brother-in-law, Irvin Davis; sisters-in-law, Barbara (Todd) Haines, Edna Davis, Tina (Richard) Fields and Judy Davis; and by numerous relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Orrin and Louise Christenson and sister-in-law, Anita Christenson.

Memorial Service will be 2:00 PM Saturday, November 27, 2021, at Grace Evangelical Free Church in Elbow Lake.

Visitation will be from 5 – 7 PM Friday, at Erickson-Smith Funeral Home in Elbow Lake, and resuming one hour prior to the service at the church.

Interment: West Elbow Lake Cemetery, rural Elbow Lake

Funeral Home: Erickson-Smith of Elbow Lake.

Memorials are preferred to Grace Free Church Missions.

Online condolences: EricksonSmithFH.com

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Service Schedule

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Visitation

Friday, November 26, 2021

5:00 - 7:00pm (Central time)

Erickson-Smith Funeral Home - Elbow Lake

116 1st St NE, Elbow Lake, MN 56531

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Visitation

Saturday, November 27, 2021

1:00 - 2:00pm (Central time)

Grace Evangelical Free Church

211 11th Ave SE, Elbow Lake, MN 56531

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Memorial Service

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Starts at 2:00pm (Central time)

Grace Evangelical Free Church

211 11th Ave SE, Elbow Lake, MN 56531

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