Thomas H. Odenbrett, 75, of Vermillion, passed away Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at the Sanford Vermillion Care Center after a short illness.
Tom was born May 14, 1938, in Fulda, MN, to Bernard and Elizabeth (Einck) Odenbrett. He graduated from Fulda High School and joined the National Guard, serving from 1956 until 1967. In May of 1959, he married Colleen Willemssen in Fulda.
Tom and his wife moved to Vermillion in 1966 where they owned and operated Tommy’s Printing and Typewriter repair. He also sold CB Radios and was known as Big Farmer. After selling the business in 1997, he operated C & T Enterprises, a lawn and snow removal business.
Tom’s hobbies included wood-working, gardening, motorcycling and being outside. His love for the Missouri River included jet-skiing, boating, and getting stuck on sandbars. One of his dreams was to boat down the Missouri River from Sioux City, IA, to the Gulf of Mexico, but he and Colleen only made it to Columbia, MO, where unfortunately his boat broke down. In his time away from the shop, he would volunteer his time for the Coast Guard Auxiliary and belonged to the Eagles Organization. He enjoyed going to polka dances and teaching his grandchildren how to polka. As those who knew him would say, he lived life to the fullest.
Tom is survived by his wife, Colleen of Vermillion; a daughter, Shelley (David) Brunick; grandchildren, Ashley, Michael, and Ryan Brunick; a brother, Maurice (Carolyn) Odenbrett; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Timothy and Christopher; brother, David (Elfreda) Odenbrett; and sister, Mary (Dan) Klosterman.
Funeral Mass was 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at the St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion with burial following in the Calvary Cemetery in Vermillion. Visitation began at 5 p.m. Tuesday with a prayer service at 7 p.m. all at the church. hansenfuneralhome.com.