Arlis Odland


Arlis Odland, 94, of Mitchell, SD, passed away peacefully Saturday, September 18, 2021, at Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell under hospice care. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Saturday, September 25, at First Lutheran Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM, Friday, September 24, at Bittner Funeral Chapel. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Arlis Ann Hermanson Odland was born on Easter morning, April 17, 1927 in Jasper MN to Arthur and Anna Hermanson. She was raised a single child on a farm in eastern South Dakota near Pipestone MN. Her fondest childhood memories on the farm included riding her bicycle, the summertime, and Christmas. After graduation from Egan High School, Arlis moved to Sioux Falls and worked at Central Electric and Gas Company. She enjoyed going to dances at the Arkota with friends. One night in 1946, a man asked her to dance. His name was Glenn. They married on March 21, 1948 and lived a loving life together for 61 years. They moved to Mitchell in 1960 with two kids, Vicki and Larry. Arlis loved caring for her kids and was involved in their activities. She enjoyed crafting, sewing, knitting and crocheting. Everyone in the family has at least one cherished afghan made by Arlis. She went to work outside the home when the kids were in grade school and supported Glenn in his ownership of Ideal Appliance. She served as secretary to the superintendent of public schools for 25 years in the Mitchell school system. Many would appreciate her cheery phone greeting, “Good morning…Mitchell Public Schools.” On her retirement day, she was awarded a plaque by the mayor that named May 19, 1992 as Arlis Odland Day. Arlis was a charter member and past president of the Mitchell Lioness Club, and a member of the SD Association of Educational Office Personnel. Arlis and Glenn spent many Saturday nights at the Elks Lodge, and Arlis’ laugh could be heard on every floor of the building at 5th and Main. When grandchildren came into their lives, Arlis and Glenn loved watching them grow up. They definitely made a difference in their grandkids’ lives through their love and giving hearts.

As a member of First Lutheran Church, her faith played a significant role in her life. She believed it was important to be understanding of others and to be patient and kind. “Be a pleasant smile in someone’s life” was her best advice.

Grateful for having shared her life are her children, Vicki (Bill) Tschida of Roseville MN and Larry (Pam) Odland of Sioux Falls; grandchildren, Staci (Aaron) Nelson, Hilary (Kevin) Klein, Jenna (Aaron) Binsfeld, Erik Schoenbeck (fiancé Tiffany Dresen), Jenny Odland, and Anthony Odland; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son-in-law.

The family wishes to sincerely thank the nursing and hospice staff at Avera Brady for their special care of Arlis over the past seven months. Memorials may be given to the Lions Club and First Lutheran Church.

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