Frank Bode, 65, of rural New Ulm died Friday, March 27, 2015 in North Mankato.
Frank Bode, 65, of rural New Ulm died Friday, March 27, 2015 in North Mankato. Celebration of Life service will be on Thursday, April 2nd at the New Ulm Community Center (600 N. German) in New Ulm at 3 p.m. Visitation will be 3 - 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1st at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, NORTH CHAPEL, in New Ulm and will continue for one hour prior to the time of service at the New Ulm Community Center on Thursday, April 2nd. Full military rites will be conducted at the New Ulm Community Center by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard. To sign the guest book or to leave an online condolence for the family go to www.mvfh.org.
Frank Dale Bode the seventh son of Arthur and Beatrice (Friederich) Bode was born on September 15, 1949 in New Ulm. He attended grade school at the Immanuel Lutheran School in rural Courtland and then in ninth grade he transferred to Nicollet High School in Nicollet and graduated from there with the class of 1967. After school he served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1970 during the Vietnam era and was stationed in Korea. Frank was a member of the St. Peter Last Man Standing Club. In the early 1970's, Frank sold his camero and bought his first semi after working in construction. He worked in the transportation business for over forty years, an occupation he enjoyed. He started Bode Trucking which he operated with his wife Marcy. Frank also co-owned Brown County Feed Service in Essig with his brother Gene for a time. In addition to his strong work ethic, Frank enjoyed life and loved it all. Be they hunting trips to Montana, Wyoming, Canada or pheasant hunting in Iowa. He loved fishing in Alaska, on the Missouri River or at the lake home on East Battle. Frank was a lifetime member of the Nicollet Conservation Club. Frank, Marcy and friends ventured on several memorable motorcycle excursions plus Sturgis with biking buddies. Frank was a member of the New Ulm Country Club, participated in many tournaments and was on the winning team of the Schell's Opener in 2013. Additionally, he golfed in the Winthrop League and even played a few rounds in Arizona. Frank especially enjoyed baseball, softball and wrestling and would play catch with his daughters and grandchildren. Frank had golfing buddies, coffee buddies, card-playing buddies, hunting buddies, fishing buddies, biking buddies and shoot-the-breeze buddies. Frank loved his family, his three wonderful daughters, two beautiful grandchildren, his loving wife and a good brandy.
Frank is survived by his wife, Marcy, of rural New Ulm; daughters, Carla Bode of St. Paul, Elizabeth Bode of Mankato, and Catherine Bode of Juneau, Alaska; by grandchildren, Janessa Mulder and Chayton Bode Mulder; by brothers, Willard Bode of New Ulm, Gerold (Carol) Bode of New Ulm, Marcus (Rachel) Bode of Courtland, Glenn (Bonnie) Bode of Courtland, sisters-in-law, Lenore Bode of New London and Shirley Bode of New Ulm, by brother-in-law, Norman Nelson of New Ulm; and by many nieces, nephews, and countless friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Myerl Nelson, by brothers, Lester and Gene Bode; and by a sister-in-law, Tootie Bode. Frank, may your new journey be a wonderful adventure; but for us, we are "standing at the crossroads that we cannot comprehend but we remember that death is not the end". www.mvfh.org