Odin B. Pederson,
Odin “Buddy” B. Pederson, age 85 years, of West Bend, passed away Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at Froedtert Health St. Joseph’s Hospital of West Bend. Buddy was born on March 13, 1928, in Eau Claire to Odin and Ella (nee Hogue) Pederson. He married Lois (nee McGee) on Oct. 1, 1955, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Eau Claire. Buddy served in the U.S. Army 45th Infantry Division during the Korean Conflict. He earned the Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, Army Occupation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Combat Infantryman, United Nations Service Medal. He then worked for Chrysler Corporation in Hartford, where he retired. Life member of VFW Flag Day Post 7037 in Waubeka and Post Quartermaster for 12 years, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 58 in West Bend. Also a member of Korean War Veterans, CPL Richard Bell Chapter #111 of West Bend.
Buddy is survived by his wife Lois, daughter Jeanne (Jerry) Lorenz of West Bend. Further survived by his grandchildren Erin Lorenz, Melissa Lorenz, Dustin Lorenz Josie Lorenz, mother-in-law Esther McGee of West Bend, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his parents, brothers Anton and Andrew, sisters Margaret Nelson, Ellen Atchison, Alice Ulberg and Lorraine Ulberg.
A Funeral Service will be at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel of West Bend with the Rev. Marcia Carrier presiding. Interment will take place at Washington County Memorial Park on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 3 p.m. until time of service. Memorials are appreciated.
A special thank you to Dr. Eric Olafsson, Dr. Brian Wolter, and the ICU staff at Froedtert Health St. Joseph’s Hospital.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family. 338-2050/ www.phillipfuneralhome.com.