Archive for Monday, September 12, 2005

Robert G. Bode

September 12, 2005

— A memorial Mass for Robert G. Bode, 90, will be at 10 a.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 15, at Christ the King Catholic Church, Gering, Neb. Inurnment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Morrill, Neb., with military honors by the Nebraska National Guard.

Mr. Bode died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2005, at Gering, Neb.

Mr. Bode was born Jan. 13, 1915, at Petersburg, Neb., the son of Charles and Ida (Jochum) Bode. He received his early education at Petersburg, Elgin and Sutherland, Neb.

He moved to Lyman, Neb. and was married to Esther Sommer on Aug. 12, 1941.

He joined the Navy Seabees in 1943 and served in the Pacific theater on the Marianna Islands. He was honorably discharged in 1945.

He was employed by Sutherland Lumber Company, E.S. Young Lumber Company of Lyman, Gering/Fort Laramie Irrigation District in Lyman, and Elmer Harpstreith Co. in Lyman. He retired in 1978.

Mr. Bode was a member of the Lyman Fire Department for more than 60 years. He was a life member of American Legion Post No. 350, Lyman, where he served as adjutant for 25 years. He also was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Lyman, for 60 years.

He served on the Lyman Village Board for 20 years and was mayor of Lyman for two terms. He was a representative for the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska for 21 years, and he served on the board of directors of the Nebraska Municipal Power Pool for 16 years, receiving the Rudy Hultgner Award and Bob Araj Award for his service. He also received the Work Horse Award from the District 4 American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Esther, of Scottsbluff, Neb.; two daughters, Sandra Bode, Gering, and Germaine Menghini of Oshkosh, Neb.; four sons, Barry and Bruce, both of Greeley, Colo., Brian, Lansing, Kan., and Brad, Scottsbluff, Neb.; two sisters, Patricia Young, Okeechobee, Fla., and Rhita Hock, Lexington, Neb.; four brothers, Charles, Cathedral City, Calif., Gerald, Camarillo, Calif., Melvin, Grimes, Calif., and John, Wood River, Neb., 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren

A granddaughter preceded him in death..

The family suggests memorials to the Lyman Fire Department, Lyman, NE 69352 and Christ the King Catholic Church, 1730 N Street, Gering, NE 69341.

Gering Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements, and online condolences may be made at


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