Harry Odgers (10/7/1929 — 08/15/2016)
Harry was born to Thomas Odgers and Eva Pilot and spent his childhood in Durango, CO. At an early age, Harry had a passion to become a pharmacist. He achieved that dream by working before and after school at a local pharmacy in Durango. He then attended Capitol Pharmacy School in Denver, CO. After a five-year apprenticeship in Denver and a stint in Eagle, CO, he was able to own his own pharmacies in New Castle, and then Rifle.
Harry married Mary Seitz on April 17, 1949, and into that union came two daughters, Linda (Steve) Hollister and Kathy (Larry) Herwick. Harry and Mary were blessed with five grandchildren, Mike (Tammy) DeTray, David (Kim) DeTray, Bobby DeTray, Kristi (Tim) Davis, and Andy (Cassie) Herwick. Harry is also survived by a sister, Ann House of Kennewick, WA; and seven great-grandchildren, Tyler Lee, Tyler Wayne, BarbraAnn, Bradley, Jack, Shawn and Cash.
Harry was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, and a brother, Al, of Burlington, NC. Harry was one of those rare individuals that was put on earth to serve others, and serve he did! Harry served on the Board of Directors of Clagett Memorial Hospital, Rifle Fire District, Regional Bank of Rifle, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Rifle Creek Golf Course. He was President of the Rifle Fire Protection District and served as chief on both the fire department and the ambulance department. He was instrumental in bringing a higher grade care to the ambulance when he became one of the first EMT certified firemen.
Harry and a few like-minded businessmen decided Rifle needed a golf course, so they went out and with the sweat of their brows and quite a lot of donations of time, labor, and materials from local businesses, they built the first nine holes of the Rifle Creek Golf Course.
In his earlier life in Eagle, he helped install the first TV translator, served on the school board, and officiated high school sports.
Harry was also recognized by his profession when he was awarded the prestigious Bowl of Hygeia from the Colorado Pharmacal Association for Outstanding Service to Community in 1979.
Services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, August 27, at the Colorado River Fire Rescue Station, 1850 Railroad Avenue, Rifle, CO.
Memorial donations may be made to the Colorado River Fire Rescue or the American Diabetes Association.
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