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Robert Odegaard

August 12, 1946 - September 07, 2012

Gathering:

5-7:00 PM on Tuesday, September 11 at St. Maurice Catholic Church in Kindred, ND

1-2:00 PM on Wednesday, September 12 at St. Maurice Catholic Church in Kindred, ND

Prayer Service:

7:00 PM on Tuesday, September 11 at St. Maurice Catholic Church in Kindred, ND

Funeral Service:

2:00 PM on Wednesday, September 12 at St. Maurice Catholic Church in Kindred, ND

Burial:

Kindred Cemetery

Celebration of Life at the Fargo Air Museum following burial.

Arrangements:

Fredrikson-Boulger Funeral Chapel, Kindred.

Robert Odegaard

August 12, 1946 - September 07, 2012

Obituary

Should my end come while I am in flight, Whether brightest day or darkest night;

Spare me your pity and shrug off the pain, Secure in the knowledge that I’d do it again;

For each of us is created to die, And within me I know, I was born to fly.

Gary Claud Stoko

Bob Odegaard once told his family that if he ever died in a plane crash, we shouldn’t say it was fitting that he died doing something he loved. According to Bob, “Sure, I love flying, but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have loved crashing.”

The aviation industry lost one of its finest when Robert Odegaard of Kindred, ND died while practicing for an air show in Valley City, ND on September 7, 2012. Robert James Odegaard was born on August 12, 1946, in Fargo, ND to Melford and Annette (Erickson) Odegaard. He attended country school near Hickson, ND and went to high school at the University of Minnesota Boarding School in Crookston, MN. In 1964-65, he attended Northrop Technical Institute in Los Angeles, CA receiving an A&P certificate there. He served in the Army Reserve, attending Brook General Medical School and graduating as an x-ray technician. He attended North Dakota State University from 1966-71, studying economics, and joining TKE and serving as their president. He has been continuing his education with many noted scholars at the Kindred “College of Knowledge.”

In 1973 he met and married his “Dazzling” Donna Weber, later naming his first rebuilt P-51 Mustang after her. They have always resided in rural Kindred with their three children, Brady, Casey, and Halley, who are all currently involved in the aircraft industry, also living and working in Kindred. Summers were spent at their lake cabin on Pelican Lake in Minnesota, and lately, winters in and around Mesa, AZ residing in the Golden Vista RV Resort of Apache Junction.

From an early age, Robert was fascinated by airplanes as he watched crop sprayers working around the family farm. He later founded Odegaard Aviation, an aerial spray firm, which he operated for 31 years without an accident. He served as the Kindred airport manager during this time and played a pivotal role in the development of the Kindred Davenport Regional Airport at Hamry Field.

Robert was a brilliant airplane mechanic, a successful entrepreneur, an excellent flight instructor and mentor to young pilots, a storyteller, a musician, and an inventor. He invented the airfoil spray boom, later called the Superboom, which continues to be marketed internationally. Bob also built the first taxi-thru indoor aerial spraying loading facility in North Dakota. He was very involved in the wind industry, inventing and testing his own windmill designs.

Bob was one of the producers and also one of the pilots in the full-length feature film, “Thunder over Reno,” which featured the Reno Air Races, where he, himself, raced in 2006-8. He participated in three episodes of the network TV show “Junkyard Wars” with ND ex-governor Ed Schaefer & friend Rolf Sletten. One of his favorite “acting” jobs was flying a Lear jet and being a target for military pilots in U.S. Air Force training programs.

In 1989, Bob started rebuilding his first P-51 Mustang. That was the beginning of the Mustang wing business and also the start of his quest to keep WWII history alive around the world. Bob is the rebuilder and former owner of the Super Corsair, Race 57, a historic aircraft that brought worldwide attention to North Dakota because of its uniqueness and rarity. He passed down his restoration knowledge to his three children and helped them start their own restoration business.

Robert was a certified flight instructor, holding single-engine, multi-engine, helicopter, glider, and floatplane licenses with type ratings in over 10 aircraft including LearJet, Citation, and DC-3.  He also held a rare “All Makes and Models” authorization for flying surplus military aircraft. Many young pilots consider him a mentor. He has soloed numerous students, including his two sons. Perhaps his dedication to the future of aviation is best illustrated by Duggy, a DC-3 painted bright yellow with a smiling face. Duggy excites young people at air shows around the country.

Robert was active in the formation of the Fargo Air Museum and served as a board member. He volunteered his time and his aircraft to the development, financing, maintenance and success of the museum. He was also a member of the Board of Directors for the North Dakota Aviation Association. As a member of the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association), he performed in their annual airshow, EAA Airventure Oshkosh, numerous times with several different airplanes. He has been active with the Arizona Wing of the CAF of Mesa, AZ, where he volunteered during the winters.

As a member of the Kindred community, he helped raise funds to build St. Maurice’s Catholic Church and served on the church council. He has supported Kindred High School athletics as a Booster Club member. He was a Kindred volunteer fireman at one time and a member of the local American Legion. He was also a member of St. George Catholic Church of Apache Junction, AZ, and St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Church of rural Detroit Lakes, where he sang with the church choirs.  

Bob has received numerous awards, including the Henderson Air Racing History Award, which is given to recognize “those who perpetuate air racing history through preservation, replication or historical research.” Other awards include the Aviation Mechanic Safety Award; the 1999 Aviation Heritage Trophy, and the 1999 People’s Choice National Aviation Heritage Invitation. In 2011, he was inducted into the North Dakota Aviation Hall of Fame.

Robert has been featured in many aviation magazines and books. He has participated in numerous air shows, performing aerobatics and displaying aircraft. He has coordinated and participated in multiple fly-overs for various activities and celebrations. Just a few weeks ago, he performed with the Texas Flying Legends in a private air show that was given as a birthday present to former president George H.W. Bush.

His main hobby away from aviation, but included within, was his love for playing his 1965 Fender Mustang guitar with his many musical friends. Along with his portable amplifier, he even strummed along while flying with those friends in the CJ and the DC-3.

Robert is survived by his wife, Donna; sons, Brady and Casey, and daughter, Halley, all of Kindred; brothers, Tom Odegaard (Bonnie), Kindred, and Marvin Odegaard, Elgin, ND; sister, Gloria Sheldon (Fuller), Mapleton, ND, sister in law Cheryl Odegaard, West Fargo, ND; nieces and nephews: Brett Odegaard, Tyler Odegaard, Kara Odegaard, Chad Odegaard, Brian Odegaard, Deanna Opgrand, Clark Sheldon, Annetta Tweten, and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Gary Odegaard.

There will be a prayer service on Tuesday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m. with visitation from 5-7 at St. Maurice’s Catholic Church in Kindred. The funeral will be at St. Maurice’s, Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. with visitation one hour before the service with Rev. Jared C. Kadlec and Rev. James Cheney officiating. Burial will be at the Kindred Cemetery, followed by a light supper and celebration of Bob’s life at the Fargo Air Museum.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Fargo Air Museum and St. Maurice Catholic Church.

Bob shared his wisdom, sense of humor, bright outlook on life and his passion for everything related to air and aircraft with people all over the world. He lived a life of adventure, daring, friendship and love of his family. He will be truly missed.

And when the goals are reached at last, when all the flying’s done,I’ll answer Him with no regret-
Indeed, I had some fun.So when these things are asked of me. And I can reach no higher,My prayer this day – His hand extends
To welcome home a Flyer.                                                                                                Patrick J. Phillips

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93 responses to “Robert Odegaard”

  1. Doolittle Woodfire Grill says:

    Bloomington MN
    Our deepest sympathy to your family, he will be missed by everyone who knew him. A donation has been made in his honor to the Fargo Air Museum.

  2. Kay Elvrum says:

    Mandan ND
    Dear Donna, Casey, Brady, Halley, and Family,

    I was in Fargo yesterday to see my parents and saw a reference in an editorial about Bob. My heart raced hoping it wasn’t your Bob, but sadly, it was.
    Kelly and I know the deep sadness and pain of your broken hearts. We lost Chuck exactly a year ago, too.
    Please let us know if there is anything we can do to console you. God bless you.
    Kay Elvrum and Kelly Kay

  3. Lynne Perkey says:

    GeorgiaI am sorry for your loss, will keep your family in prayers. God bless. (Naomi’s friend).

  4. Les and Deron Moore says:

    Raymore MODonna, Casey, Brady, Halley, and Family,

    During this difficult time Deron and I would like to pass on our condolences to you and your family as we keep you all in our prayers and thoughts. We will sure miss our friend.

    God Bless

  5. Major Wm Saunooke says:

    Hustonville KYA tragic loss not only for his family, but for all of us dedicated to aviation. We so enjoyed the Corsairs he brought to Oshkosh and his performance during the shows, I can still hear his name being announced over the P A system at Airventure. My 8 year old son first learned about the Super Corsair this year and enjoyed seeing it fly.

    Our sincerest condolences.

  6. Mark Breuer says:

    Howard S. Dak.I was at the 1949 Cleveland AIR races and shot some 8 mm film of the two corsairs that Bob restored and sent him a copy of them a few years ago on either VCR or DVD, I had spoken to him a few times at OSKOSH and Falcon field as we stayed in our motor home atGolden Vista for years but had moved on before he lived there . He was a true Patroit. I was Crop Sprayer for 37 years in SD and had stoped in at his shop the day he was installing the exhaust stacks on Race 57. I can truly say that I knew the finest person and artist on earth and beyond. MARK BREUER, HOWARD, S. Dak.

  7. Bruce Eames says:

    Houston TXThe world is a much better place for having had Bob in it, yet it seems somehow less now that he’s gone. My sincerest condolences to the family and friends of a man that I feel privileged to have known.

    I would like to share the following that was written about Bob that sums up my thoughts much better than I could…

    http://www.av8rdan.com/2012/09/a-memorial-to-truly-great-aviator-bob.html

  8. FRANK AND DOROTHY PERVANGER says:

    SAN TAN VALLEY AZ
    My husband has been a docent at the CAF-AZ Wing Museum since August 2011. He met Bob there and enjoyed every minute that he had talking with Bob. In Bob, he found a kindred spirit – one who loved airplanes and history and they could share this love. He was looking forward to seeing Bob when he returned to Arizona this fall and is crushed that he won’t be able to talk with him again. I think, though, he will continue to ‘communicate’ with Bob since their joint love of planes and all things aviation surpasses the bounds of this world. Just thinking about Bob makes him happy and sad together. The AOPA tribute picture says it all – those wide open arms along side the airplane and the biggest welcoming arms – that IS Bob.

    May God hold all of you, his family, in the palm of His hands during this difficult time and may the warmth of all your friendships help sustain you. We are praying for you.

    Regards,

    Dorothy and Frank Pervangr

  9. Luis Luhring says:

    Guaynabo Puerto RicoIt always impact me when a person I want to be like dies.

  10. Jim Ross says:

    Winnipeg ManitobaOur industry has lost a true icon. Bob will be greatly missed by many people. Bob approached everything he did with such enthusiasm and it was always so enjoyable to sit and listen to his stories. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  11. Peter Schaffer says:

    Kenora OntarioThe aviation family is very small and tight knit. We are all very sorry to hear the sad news about the loss of a “family” member.

    The aviation world is going to miss his leadership.

  12. Bill Johnston & Tyler says:

    Neenah WISorry to read of your loss. Bob was always super with my godson Tyler. At age 7 or 8 Bob showed Tyler how to preflight Duggy and has done that for the last 3 years. That has been a big part of Tyler’s EAA experience. AND, very important that he gets to do that. This year it Casey that Tyler helped with the show preflight.
    Thanks – Fly’m high Bob,
    Bill, Tyler and Diana

  13. Wayne Anderson says:

    Gold Canyon AZ
    As an ex airline and military pilot who has met and trained many pilots over the years, I can say that Bob was the best of the best. It was an honor to be part of his circle of friends. Here in Arizona we had a small group of aviation enthusiasts who meet at least once a month at Falcon Field for lunch during the winter months. Bob stood out among our group both as a pilot and a story teller, but mostly as just a really really good guy to be around. What a sad day to loose such a special man. He will be greatly missed.

  14. Ron & Terri Dickerson says:

    Crooked River Ranch OregonThe skies over Golden Vista will never be the same without Robert saying hello from above. We will miss his quiet presence and the twinkle in his eye. Our thoughts and prayers to Donna and family.

  15. Ron Ragan says:

    Colfax ND
    Many years ago, I took my Dad to the Casselton Fly-in where Bob had brought his TBM. Dad was a WWII TBM aviator, so I told him to go and talk to Bob about it. At first Dad refused, saying that Bob would not care to hear from a old Navy Flyboy! I kept insisting until Dad finally went over to talk. About 2 hours later, I had to just about drag Dad away! Bob and Dad got along famously!
    As an aside, I have worked for many years with the Fargo Airsho Committee folks and often ran into Bob.
    A true gentleman, an airman’s airman…he will truly be missed! My sympathies to his family and to the aviation world at this tragic event.

  16. Msgr. Daniel Pilon says:

    Mayville ND
    Unfortunately, I am unable to attend the funeral because of Pastoral obligations in my parishes here. I offer my sympathy to the family. Bob was a wonderful man to work and visit with in the years that I was at St. Maurice.

  17. Dave & Barb Papcke says:

    Elkhorn WisconsinOur thoughts and prayers to you and your family. May God give you the strength
    to help you through this difficult time. The
    fly overs at GV will not be the same.

  18. Peggi Starkey says:

    Marysville MIDonna and family,
    My sister, Debbi Jevne, told me about your husband’s accident. I’m so sorry! It looks like you had a wonderful life together. You have so many fond memories and many friends, as well as God helping you through this time. I look forward to seeing you again at some Sweet Adeline competition. We met in Houston at the International Convention when your chorus did the class. Peggi Starkey

  19. mark holzer says:

    Bismarck ND
    To the Odegaard Family
    I am truly sorry for Bobs passing and wish your family all the strength to overcome his passing.
    I had worked with Bob for over 32 years on developing the Kindred airport from state and now federal support. We really had some challenges to overcome in the new runway concrete project. Numerous meetings were held with the public and airport board. Bob has alway been my inspiration to keep trying to make it happen. The airport really became one to be proud to talk about.
    For all the years of working with Bob, he will not be forgotten in our aviation history!

  20. Mike Sarsfield says:

    Buford GeorgiaLike everyone else here, I was shocked to hear about this tragic accident. My heart goes out to the Odegaard family.

    I had the distinct privelege to ride with Bob last year at Oshkosh in a TBM 850 while he and Jimmy Leeward performed a “race” during the airshow. I could write a book on this wonderful experience, but the professionalism and skills I witnessed were above and beyond anything I’ve ever seen in my 30 years of flying.

    Mr. Odegaard, your unselfish and kind nature meant a lot to me and made a very positive mark in my life. I thank you sir for the experience we shared. I hope you and Jimmy are reconnected now and enjoying your full reward for life.

    To the Odegaard family, you are and always will be in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

    Mike Sarsfield

  21. JAMES SAUVAGEAU says:

    FARGO ND
    To Donna and the Family, Sorry for your lost, I knew of him from growing up in the area and Donna for the good old days of Softball. The town/ community will miss him.

  22. Kerry, Mark & Jake McDonald says:

    Atherton QLD, AustraliaBob helped make life long dreams happen, even for aviation enthusiasts over the other side of the world.
    While visiting ND
    recently, we will be forever grateful to Bob for spending the time with Mark and giving him the opportunity to complete a check out flight in Toby’s P-51.
    A True Gentleman!
    Our deepest condolence to Casey and the Odegaard family.

  23. Barbara & Douglas Swisher says:

    Kindred ND
    Our condolences to the family. He was a great guy and I know our town will miss him. He has done a lot for our community and many other areas also.

    GOD BLESS
    Barbara, Douglas &
    Maryon Swisher

  24. Mark Ungurean says:

    West Lafayette OhioMy sympathy goes out to Casey,Brady and the whole Odegaard family.I had met Bob at numerous airshows around the country.As a fellow avaitor,I admired Bob for his many accomplishments in aviation.He will be greatly missed by many.

  25. Bill & DonnaMarie Hasenfus says:

    Omro WICasey,

    There are no words to say in what we are feeling as we try to take in the news on this great loss. We knew you and your Dad through “Duggy” “EAA at Oshkosh”, but we enjoyed some great times, many laughs, over the years, these we will treasure.

    The smile on Bob was as bright as Duggy’s and I might add as warm & big.

    Please extend our deepest regrets to your Mother and family.

    DonnaMarie & Bill Hasenfus
    (Ground Crew) (POW Flag)
    Skydive Adventure
    Omro, Wisconsin
    (Liberty Parachute Team)

  26. John and LaDonna peterson says:

    Apache Junction Az.So sorry to hear about Bob. He will be missed.

  27. Mark Erickson says:

    Greenville IAMy condolences to family and close friends. Bob’s contibutions were many-his loss will be felt for a very long time.

  28. Rodell & Diane Lee says:

    Fargo North Dakota
    Donna and family

    We want to express our condolances to you for the loss of a wonderful husband and father. He will be surely missed.

    Medical conditions prevented us from being at the services but you are certainly in our thoughts.

  29. Bob and Pam Griswold says:

    Troutdale OregonWe got to know Bob a few years ago when my wife Pam began singing in a Barbershop Quartet with Donna. Later, he helped me surprise Pam with a “Pretty Women” flight to dinner in a Cessna Jet. That was a special flight she will always remember. I’ve enjoyed lunch flights in his 1938 Gullwing Stinson, and flight talk around his outdoor fireplace in Arizona. The world has lost a great pilot and friend. Our hearts go out to Donna and family.

  30. Jim and Viki Burner says:

    Apache Junction AZ
    Bob will be truly missed by all his friends and family. He was a kind and humble man. He touched many peoples’ lives including ours. We love you, Bob.

  31. Jake Hoogendoorn says:

    Hills MN
    We will miss Bob

  32. Foster and Peggy Richardson says:

    Abbotsford British Columbia A true gentleman who will be greatly missed but forever remembered. Donna and family you are in our hearts and prayers.

  33. Mark J.VpnBank says:

    Park Rapids Minnesota
    9/11/’12
    To Donna and Families,
    my heartfelt prayers and sympathy to you all on your loss. I was so looking forward to the Air Show on Saturday-8th and was deeply saddened when I heard that Bob had passed away tragically. What a wonderful person and kind friend to everyone he was. I will light a candle for 7 days at my Church in Bobs Memory. If I could have been there today for his service I would have sang the song= “Go Light A Candle” as I did that on Saturday when I was in Valley City, North Dakota
    visiting friends and I made up my own verses of the song for Remembering Bob. Heaven has a wonderful pilot and angel in Bob and May His Light Shine Forever. So Bob “Go Light A Candle” with Jesus as YOU are now in your heavenly home and smiling down forever on your friends and especially your family and all who knew and loved you- a Gentle Giant with a kind and caring heart. Blessings and Peace to You my friend and Rest in Peace Always. With Sincerest Sympathy and Prayers, Mark J. VonBank- Park Rapids, Minnesota
    .

  34. Bob & Darla Peterson says:

    Staples MN
    Our prayers are with you and your family Donna. John & Linda Kopp also send their sympathy and prayers.

  35. Randy Monson and family says:

    Christine ndSo sorry for you’re loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  36. Mark Limond says:

    El Cajon CAI’ll miss my old friend. We started skydiving back in the late 60’s and and had great times sharing the sky in that wonderful sport.

    God Bless Bob, Donna and all their family.

    Mark Limond

  37. Tom & Edna Vance says:

    Apache Junction AZ
    We are very sorry for your lost, he will surely be missed by many.
    Tom & Edna

  38. Tom & Linda Larson says:

    Pelican Rapids MN
    Donna and Family
    Bob was a great friend, pilot and human being. He certainly will be missed by all that knew him both in and out of the aviation business. I flew with Bob when he was a target pilot, I was a pilot with the Happy Hooligans, and always enjoyed the competition and comradery. It will always be memorable to our family as he flew my father, Duane Pappy Larson, in his Mustang as I flew on the wing with an F-16. I know Bob had many of those moments in his life but it was a highlight that will always be cherished by me and my family. Please know that we will keep you and family in our thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow – God bless!

    Tom “Tlar” Larson

  39. Larry Merbach says:

    Wahpeton North Dakota
    I received my first tail wheel training from Bob. He was always a pleasure to be with and talk with. I admired his positive “can do” attitude. He will be missed.

  40. john gogol says:

    Portland ORFamily and friends, I am so, so sorry for your loss.

  41. Doug & Joan Warnecke says:

    Harwood ND
    … I have slipped the surly bonds of earth…. Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

    God speed Bob.

  42. Paul & Kay Odegaard says:

    Apache Junction AZ
    We are saddened by the tragic loss of a special person from our Golden Vista family. We share the name, but feel like family. He will be greatly missed!

  43. Garry and Susan Bachmeier says:

    Calgary AlbertaDear Donna:
    Please accept our sympathy and heartfelt concern for you and your family and friends. This news was tragic and I’m sure we share this sadness with everyone in Golden Vista. Our RV Park will never be the same, on land and in the air.
    In sadness,
    Garry and Sue Bachmeier

  44. Larry Dahlberg says:

    Fargo NORTH DAKOTAMy thoughts and prayers goes out to the family.

    High Flight

    Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
    And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings,
    Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
    Of sun-split clouds – and done a hundred things
    You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung
    High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there,
    I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
    My eager craft through footless halls of air.
    Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
    I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
    Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
    And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod
    The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
    Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

  45. David Specht says:

    Mesa AZ
    Bob may be gone but his love for family friends and flying will live forever

  46. Andrew Niemyer says:

    North Dakota and aviation has lost a valuable treasure, a person who made a difference and whose impact was felt, quite literally, around the world. His efforts to preserve aviation heritage and to promote all aspects of flying to this and future generations will be remembered and respected for decades to come.

    May his memory always be a blessing to his family and to those of us who had the opportunity to share his love of flight.

  47. Joe Morgan says:

    Princeton MN
    It was my privilege and my honor to have known Mr. Odegaard. Please accept my thoughts, prayers and condolences.

  48. Ed Pershey says:

    Cleveland Heights OHA fine gentleman and outstanding aviation restoration and preservation expert. He will be missed. To his family I send my deepest thoughts of sympathy.

  49. Don & Pat Galyardt says:

    Loveland COOur prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. Bob will be missed at Golden Vista. We all enjoyed his fly overs at our parades.

  50. Jan Chalupnik Johnson says:

    Atlanta GeorgiaWe are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  51. Jeanie Lahren Washa says:

    Shakopee MN
    To all of Bob’s Family.

    I was so sorry to hear about Bob’s death. My family ( Joe, Marcella and Daryl Lahren) always talked to highly of Bob ! He was simply an amazing man who made a difference in all the lives he touched.

    May God be with all of Bob’s family members now and the days ahead. Wishing you comfort in your grieve – think of all those special memories and times together.

    Love, hugs and blessings,
    Jeanie

  52. Eleanor and Fred Pye says:

    Victoria BC
    We feel so privileged to have known Bob. He was one of those rare people that you come to know, who, even as a passing acquaintance, have the capacity to enrich your life.
    His accomplishments in aviation will be lauded for years, but we somehow suspect that Bob’s legacy will be as a caring husband, father, and friend.

  53. Jim and Anne Hagensen says:

    Mapleton North Dakota
    Bob was a great friend and mentor and we are grateful for having the privilege to have known him, we will dearly miss him. We are thankful for the time we spent with him.
    Our prayers are with Donna and the entire Odegaard family.

  54. Bill & Marci Hane says:

    incline village Nevada “…….and when his wings could fly no more he took the hand of God ….. “

  55. Jim Meskimen says:

    Cinnicinati OhioSo very very sorry, our prayers be with you and the kids.

  56. Tim and Marla Petersen says:

    Ellendale ND
    Sharing in your grief and praying for Christ’s comfort.

  57. Dan Smith says:

    Fairview Heights IlI will never forget the ride Bob gave me in his P-51. My mom Carrie, his cousin set it up. After take off we chit-chatted about how the airshow circuit provided some excitement as he waited for fall’s harvest. Somehow we got on the subject of crop dusting and with a smile he look back at me and he flung the mustang to a foot or two above a wheat field below. At the last second pulled up over a tree row…executed a right 90, left 270 and right back down to a couple of feet above the wheat heads….to get a ride in a mustang was awesome, to get THAT ride was $%^&*(@ awesome!…thanks Bob! To the Odegaard Family, my prayers are with you and Godspeed

  58. Ann Westra says:

    Moorhead MN
    There are no words I can write that can comfort you now, Donna, Casey, Brady and Halley. I am so saddened by your loss.
    You are all in my thoughts.

  59. Kathleen M. Bennett says:

    Fargo ND
    Bob……….Fly higher than an Eagle now.””WIND BENEATH MY WINGS””.
    AND “”ON EAGLES WINGS””.
    RIP

  60. Catherine says:

    Fargo ND
    I am saddened to hear of Bob’s death. My father and I never missed an Air Sho and I have been to Fargo Air Museum many times. My father has since passed on- he absolutely loved the local guy and his show and I enjoyed watching Bob perform as it was a nice memory of my dad. My prayers go out to his family and many friends.

  61. Dennis Simenson says:

    Bismarck ND
    A lot of great pilots will be saying a lot of great things about Bob. I had the greatest respect for his abilities. My prayes for the family and my special friend, Gloria.

  62. Vic & Karen Knudson says:

    Detroit Lakes MN
    Donna – Our sincere sympathy to you and your family. A huge loss to the Kindred community as well. Our prayers.

  63. Erling Rolfson says:

    New Rockford ND
    There are some pilots you can not replace Bob was one of them!

  64. Larry Teuber, Jessica Ginger says:

    Rapid City, SD •”Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,the legend of RJO leaves a memory no one can steal”.

  65. Fr. James "Padre" Cheney says:

    NDSU NEWMAN Robert was a great man who’s optimism was contagious – I’m really gonna miss him – praying for him and his family daily

  66. Nick Buck says:

    Newcastle Maine I only met Bob this summer around the airport . He was so welcoming and approachable sharing with me his Knowledge of aviation. I would like to extend to his Family MY condolences Thanks Bob for spending sometime with me

  67. Edsel Ford says:

    Enjoyed working with Bob at Airventure a real class guy.

  68. Jane Bredeson says:

    Enumclaw Wa.I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you.

  69. DeeRae Nelson says:

    Fargo ndMy thoughts & prayers go out to the entire family. What a rich life he lived, and if only we all lived our lives this fully.

  70. Scott Olson says:

    St. cloud MN
    Bob always gave of his time to answer, give a helping hand, or just say hello the many times I was at the Kindred airport whether by car, a Cessna 421, a Cessna 140, or a J3 cub, or when I saw him in EAA Oshkosh. The aviation community will truly miss him. I know I speak for all when I say “Thanks Bob”! You truly were a great contribution to the flying community and will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to the family. You are all in our prayers.

  71. Marlys Bratteli says:

    Rochert Minnesota
    Donna, I was so sorry to hear of Bob’s death. Please know that you and your children are in our thoughts and prayers.

  72. audrey shaw says:

    brandon manitobaoffering prayers and solace for your tragic loss to you donna and your family . blessings audrey

  73. The Georges-Saundy, Carole and Jeannie says:

    Independence MissouriDonna and family, we’re so sorry for your tragic loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  74. Doug Jackson says:

    Wichita, KS My thoughts and deepest prayers . . .

  75. Richard Hall says:

    New Braunfels TXI met and knew Bob while he spent winters in Mesa, AZ
    . I was involved with the CAF unit there and always enjoyed have Bob and his airplanes around. He truly was in icon in the business of restoration and by all accounts a tremendously skilled pilot. The aviation community is in mourning for his loss. Our prayers are sent up for the family.

  76. Van & Diane Melroe says:

    Montgomery TexasOur thoughts and prayer go out to the family,Bob will be truly missed by all of us in the Aviation community.

  77. Pam Miller says:

    Fargo ND
    Donna, Brady, Casey and Halley – Our hearts are deeply heavy for the loss of your Husband, your Dad. I truly admired Bob and marveled at ALL that he knew and could do. It was an honor and a privilege to know him, to work with him and to fly with him in his P-51! He is missed so very, very much. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. Pam

  78. Kermit Erickson says:

    Bellevue, NETo the family, My deepest sympathy to all of you at this very shocking and sad time. I admired Robert very early in his aviation career. We shared an interest in flying. I chose the military, he chose civil aviation and became a legend and synonymous with ND
    aviation and aviation throughout the country. As a fellow pilot, we were very much aware of the dangers, but savored the excitment and joy of flying. Robert was a GREAT AVIATOR. May the excitment of flying and love of aviation carry you through this time of sorrow.

    May God bless you and watch over you.
    Cousin Kermit

  79. Sonja Broderick says:

    Mandan ND
    I grew up in Kindred and was inspired and encouraged by Bob to learn to fly, earning my private pilot certificate in ’98. I will never forget all the kind words and pep talks from Bob and my classmate Randy. What an honor to have had the opportunity to be surrounded by his passion for aviation in such a wonderful community. He was truly an icon in the industry, and well respected by all. Bob will be sorely missed. He touched hundreds of lives with his love of flight. Thank you Bob!!

  80. Bonnie Rust says:

    Bloomington MN
    I was shocked to hear about the accident Donna and I send you my love and concern for your family. Your Sweet Adeline sisters will keep you close Donna and I wish you peace and love in the days ahead.

  81. Dennis Braaten says:

    West Fargo ND
    Early in his flying career, Bob and I made many flights over the Kindred area in his Piper Cub. He was even brave enough to let me do takeoffs and “attempted” landings. I will always remember the good times I had with a great friend and pilot!

  82. Larry Rittgarn says:

    Fargo, ND
    Donna, I cannot begin to tell you how sorry I was to get the tragic news and know what a loss we all have sustained.
    I send my blessings and prayers to you and your family.

  83. João Alberto Vieira Silva says:

    Flrianópolis Santa Catarina, BrasilMy thoughts and condolences to his family. Bob Odegaard, leaves orphans all who love aviation and his courageous protagonists. R.I.P.

  84. Mike Weinfurter says:

    Rhinelander Wi.Godspeed Bob! The world has been a better place because of you.

  85. Russ Erickson says:

    Minneapolis MN
    I am so sorry to hear about Robert’s accident. It is always hard to lose a loved one. It is never easy for those left behind. In Robert’s case the sudden impact can be so shocking, but a long term illness can be so hard over a long period of time.
    My deepest sympathy goes out to all of Robert’s family and friends.

  86. Cheryl Essex says:

    Surfside Beach SCI am so sorry for your loss. I had known Bob over 20 years & he was the classiest nicest man who was always smiling & could brighten up any room or ramp just by being there.

    It was a true honor to share his life & everyone always knew the most important things in his life was Donna & the children. All of our aviation family is grieving with you & never forget we are here to offer our love & support.

    I hope the following will help you as it did when I lost my husband in our Yak.
    The Sonnet is by Maj. George Preddy who was one of our leading aces in WW II & flew a P-51 named Cripes A Mighty:

    ” I must go back-back to do my part,
    Back to fly and give again
    And I am not afraid.
    My plane may be shot away
    But I shall not fall,
    For I have wings.
    Wings not of wood or steel or stuff,
    But wings of a firmer kind.
    Wings God gave my soul.
    Thank God for wings.”

    I truly believe that Bob always had wings of a firmer kind that God had given him & know he is now flying again with Gerry, Howard & Jimmy.

    I will keep all of you including Rozy too in my prayers.

  87. Joan Hendrickson says:

    Dent MN
    Sincere sympathy in the tragic and sudden loss of Bob. He was a very special friend of my husband (Chuck Hendrickson – passed in 2005) He sprayed for us and neighbors and would land on our farm airstrip (near Colfax) He always had time to chat and we so enjoyed those visits with him. He will be missed and lovingly remembered for the wonderful man he was. God’s blessings and peace to his famiy.

  88. Shannon Charpentier says:

    My heart is heavy. Donna, you and your family are all in my prayers, he was an amazing man. May time heal your broken hearts and may you find comfort in knowing he was doing what he loved.

    Because I Fly

    Because I fly
    I laugh more than other men
    I look up an see more than they,
    I know how the clouds feel,
    What it’s like to have the blue in my lap,
    to look down on birds,
    to feel freedom in a thing called the stick…

    who but I can slice between God’s billowed legs, and feel then laugh and crash with His step
    Who else has seen the unclimbed peaks?
    The rainbow’s secret?
    The real reason birds sing?

    Because I Fly,
    I envy no man on earth.

  89. Ed Stahl says:

    Chandler AZ
    My condolences to Donna and the family for your loss of such a great person. May the perpetual light shine upon him. Amen.

  90. Jerry Beck says:

    Cass WVI am so incredibly saddened at the loss of my friend. The world is a far lesser place now without him. My most solemn condolences.

  91. Don and Desire'e Larson says:

    Fargo ND
    Heaven has gained an angel that really can fly!!!!
    Bob was an amazing man. He will be missed greatly! Our love and prayers go out to the family, community and state.

  92. Tim Heckelsmiller says:

    Bismarck North Dakota
    I was saddened and shocked to hear of the loss of Robert. My condolences go to his family and the airplane community he so loved. He did an amazing job on the movie “Thunder Over Reno”

  93. larry pietsch says:

    leonard ndsorry dfor the loss of a great friend

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