Iladean (Freeborn) Oden

May 15, 1935 ~ November 12, 2021 (age 86)


Iladean Oden, age 86, of Exline, passed away Friday, November 12, 2021 at Centerville Specialty Care.

Iladean was born on May 15, 1935 in Centerville, Iowa, the daughter of Orville and Marjorie (Gradwell) Freeborn.  She graduated from Centerville High School, and continued her education at Northeast Missouri State University.  She graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Education in 1972.

On September 21, 1952, Iladean was united in marriage to Wendell Eugene Oden, and to this union, three children were born, Maurice, Phillip, and Martha.

After college, Iladean taught school for many years.  She also farmed throughout her lifetime.  Iladean loved being outdoors, including camping, boating and hunting.  She also enjoyed Saddle Club and traveling.

In her earlier years, Iladean was Baptized in the Reorganized Church of the Latter-Day Saints.  Later in life, Iladean attended the Exline Christian Church.

Left to cherish Iladean’s memory are her children, Maurice Oden of Mesita, Colorado, Phillip Oden of Exline, Iowa; and Martha Watson of Glenwood, Missouri; five grandchildren, Jeremy Oden, Jesse (Jennisha) Oden, Matthew (Keli) Watson, Melinda (Dale) West, and Stacy Oden; 10 great grandchildren; a sister, Evaloy McDonald of Centerville; as well as several extended family members and friends.

Iladean was preceded in death by her parents, Orville and Marjorie Freeborn; her husband, Wendell Eugene Oden; a grandson, Steven Watson; son-in-law, Gary Watson; and a daughter-in-law, Terri Oden.

Private services will be held.  Burial will be held at Exline Cemetery in Exline.  Memorials have been established to the Exline Cemetery, and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, C/O Oden family, 1900 South 18th Street, Centerville, Iowa 52544.  Condolences may be shared online at or on our Facebook page.   

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