Burton Odekirk

Burton Odekirk


Burton L. Odekirk, 94, of Fayette died Saturday, July 18, 2020 at the Good Samaritan Society in West Union.


Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 25, 2020, at Dunham Grove Cemetery, rural Randalia with military rites conducted by American Legion Post #339 of Fayette.  Memorials may be made in Burton’s name to the United Methodist Church in Fayette, or Palmer Lutheran Hospice. Online condolences may be left at www.beckermilnesrettig.com.


Burton LeRoy, son of Roy and Bessie (Thompson) Odekirk was born May 31, 1926, in Fayette County, Iowa. Burton was a graduate of the Class of 1944 from Randalia High School. Following high school, he served in the United States Army  from 1944 until being honorably discharged in 1946. On July 10, 1949, he was united in marriage with Dorothea Olsen at the United Methodist Church in Fayette. To this union two children were born, Warren and Anita. Burton was involved in farming his entire life. He was raised on the family’s farm, rural Randalia, which he farmed for many years. After farming he worked for Farm Service Company until his retirement. He built a cabin on the Mississippi River in 1962, and the family vacationed there for fifty years. Burton was a skilled woodworker, and you can find a lot of his crosses at the United Methodist Church. He was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church, and was the sexton of Dunham Grove Cemetery, rural Randalia for many years. Burton enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time at the cabin.


Burton is survived by his two children, Warren (Carol) Odekirk of Bloomington, Illinois and Anita Bane of Rockwell City; two grandchildren, Aaron (Paula) Odekirk and Laura (Dan) Sinkgraven; one great-grandson, Matthew Clarence Sinkgraven; brother-in-law, Norman (Roberta) Olsen of Iowa City; and sister-in-law, Marie Eisenman of Grinell.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothea on July 10, 2017; brother, Kieron Odekirk; and two brothers-in-law, Al Eisenman and Donald Olsen.


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