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     William (Bill) Thomas Bodine, age 85, of Lamar, passed away Saturday, June 11, 2011, at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin.  He was a loving husband, devoted father and former Postmaster at Lamar, MO.  Bill was the youngest of 9 children who all preceded him in death. 

Bill was born November 13, 1925 in Sedalia, Missouri to Clarence Edgar and Ella Sarah (Peak) Bodine.  After graduating from Smith Cotton High School in 1943, he joined the Merchant Marines and subsequently the U.S Navy, serving in the Asia Pacific during World War II, part of the Greatest Generation.  After service he returned to Sedalia where he met and later married his wife, Delores Jean Croy.   They were married June 12, 1948, at Sacred Heart Church in Sedalia, MO.

Bill was employed and enjoyed a 40 year career with the U.S. Postal Service.  He served as a mail carrier in Sedalia, postal clerk at Whiteman Air Force Base, Postmaster in both Climax Springs and Lamar, MO.  He retired in 1984 and spent much of his time in service to his church, community, family and friends.  He was a lifetime third degree member of the Knights of Columbus, former Parish Council president, member of Rotary, and the Lamar Country Club.  As a member of the Country Club he enjoyed playing golf and bridge.

He is survived by his wife, Jean, at the home.  He is also survived by his four sons and wives: Tom and Bobbie Bodine of Sedalia, Terry and Dorothy Bodine of St. Charles, Tim and Georgina Bodine of Webb City and Chris and Nancy Bodine of Bentonville, AR.  Also surviving is his daughter: Michele “Shelly” Sterrett and her husband Creig Sterrett of Columbia.  He is also survived by 11 adored grandchildren: Jena Sterrett, Will Sterrett, Heather Bodine, Kristin Bodine, Andy Bodine, Kelsi Bodine, Alex Bodine, Zach Bodine, Arielle Bodine, Abby Bodine and Amara Bodine. 

He will be greatly missed by all who enjoyed his homemade bread, State Fair award winning barbecue, witty comebacks, great advice, treasured stories and his tight grip!

A Rosary will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday June 13th and visitation following at Daniel Funeral home in Lamar, MO.  A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday June 14th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lamar, MO.  A graveside committal service with full military honors will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 14th at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery south of Springfield, MO. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lamar, MO. 


#10 United StatesMarie VonHolten 2013-12-28 19:26

I was looking for you on Facebook and came across this. So sorry for the loss of your father. Hope you and your family are doing well.
#9 Lamar, Mo.Sherry Twenter Denny\s 2011-06-21 16:49
So sorry for your loss. I will miss his stories. Bill was a joy to visit with.
#8 DEBBIE 2011-06-14 07:08
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this time of such great loss.
He was such a special person and we were blessed to have been a part of his life. DEBBIE AND CURT MCGIRT
#7 Houston, TXStephanie Whitfield Jones 2011-06-14 05:12
I was saddened to hear the news about my Great-Uncle Bill and have had him and the Bodine clan in my thoughts for quite some time. I wish peace for the Bodine's and the rest of the family during this time of sorrow. Know that I am thinking of you and sending love and hugs over the miles.

Uncle Bill will truly be a missed presence in our family.
#6 Glenn and Carolyn Hay 2011-06-13 08:54
Sorry to hear of the loss, our hearts and prayers are with you and the family.
#5 Columbia, MOMarcia Clarahan 2011-06-13 07:58
So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are for your peace and fond memories to carry you. God bless your whole family,
#4 Anita Reed 2011-06-13 06:45
I am so sorry for your loss, but am thankful that your dad is in heaven with his Lord and Savior. He fought a hard battle in this life and has gone to his reward where there is no more pain and suffering. I want you to know that you and your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers and that God will give you peace and comfort at this time and the days to come.

#3 Kansas CityDawn Shull 2011-06-12 22:03
I am so sorry for your families loss. Bill was such a wonderful man, father and grandfather. My thoughts are with your family.
#2 St. Charles, MODorn Family 2011-06-12 15:48
Dear Bodine Family,
We are very sorry to hear of Bill's passing away. May the memories of special times spent together help ease your sorrow. Our thoughts, prayers and hugs are with all of you during this difficult time.
Love, Susan, Larry, Andrew & Alex
#1 Mission, KSMichelle Patton Magee 2011-06-12 11:17
I was sorry to hear of Bill's passing. My prayers are with the family.

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