William “Bill” Odenbach

Sunday, November 20, 2022
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William “Bill” Odenbach, age 70, of Glendive stepped into the presence of Our Lord and Savior on Nov. 14, 2022, surrounded by his loved ones.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022 at the Silha Funeral Home in Glendive. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022 at the Glendive Alliance Church in Glendive with Pastor Robert Canen and Jim McBride officiating. Interment will be in the Dawson Memorial Cemetery. Silha Funeral Home of Glendive has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Bill was born Sept. 3, 1952 in Frannie, Wyo. At the age of seven, Alvin and Eleanor Odenbach welcomed him into their family where he grew up in Glendive and learned to care for the family farm. Bill graduated from Dawson County High School in 1972 and soon after moved to Billings where he worked as a heavy equipment operator. Bill took great pride in his work, going above and beyond what was expected of him. No task was too small and he strived to be the best in all he did. In 1979, he met Diane Saur at The Alliance Church in Billings and soon after, moved back to Glendive to help his uncle on his farm. Bill and Diane embarked on a two and a half year long-distance romance, which led to getting married on Aug. 21, 1982. Later in their marriage, they were blessed with two wonderful, beautiful children: Alicia and Andy.

Bill loved playing and reading to his children and participating in their activities, such as bowling and baseball. When he became a grandpa later in life he loved playing, reading and teasing his grandchildren. When Bill could no longer continue his career in heavy equipment he was honored and privileged to drive the activity buses for Dawson County High School, the Blue Devils Baseball team and Special Olympics. Bill enjoyed his newfound job as a bus driver and loved the students he met. He was a man full of jokes and enjoyed making others laugh and teasing the students entrusted in his care. The relationships he built with many students led to keeping in touch with many throughout life. Bill loved fishing, hunting, gardening and spending time with his family and friends. Most importantly, he loved spending time with his grandkids. His most treasured times were spent with family and friends.

Bill was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandpa and friend who will be missed by many! We can rejoice in knowing he is safely in our Father’s Arms!

Bill was preceded in death by his mother and father, Eleanor and Alvin.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Diane; daughter, Alicia (Treven) Cool from Glendive; son, Andy (Jenna) Odenbach from Philomath, Ore.; grandchildren, Peyton Cool, Claire Odenbach and Conall Cool; brother, Kent (Carrol) Odenbach; sister, Chris Odenbach; aunt, Erna Rau; and many other cousins, family and friends.

Remembrances and condolences can be shared with the family at: www.silhafuneralhomes.com.

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