Orbie Bodart, 85, Green Bay, died Sunday, November 3, 2013. He was born March 28, 1928 in Green Bay to Edward and Myrtle (Gerondale) Bodart.
Orbie honorably served his country during WWII, serving in the U.S. Navy in the Atlantic and Pacific for seven years. On May 29, 1954, he married Betty Valitchka of Coleman, at St. Willebrord Catholic Church. Orbie was a police officer with the Green Bay Police Department for 30 years, retiring in 1984 as a Lieutenant. One of his proudest career moments was while on duty as a motorcycle officer - saving the life of an infant. Later in life he would be reunited and proud when that infant became a young man and joined the Green Bay police force - Orbie had the privilege of pinning him with his police officer's badge. Orbie was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose Green Bay Lodge #801. He served as Governor of the lodge for three years and Administrator for eight years. He was also State President and Deputy Supreme Governor for the State of Wisconsin lodges. Orbie holds the highest degree for the Loyal Order of Moose Pilgrim Degree of Merit. He belonged to the Police Benevolent Society, Navy Club Ship 18, was a life member of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 3, and was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2113 and also St. Jude Parish.
Orbie enjoyed his morning coffee while meeting with his friends at the Moose Lodge. He also enjoyed spending time in Panama City Beach, FL with his special friend, June Domke during the winter season.
Orbie is survived by two daughters, Susan (Doug Haefer) Davis, and Linda Bodart; six grandchildren, Dr. Jennifer Bodart, Robert Bodart, Chad Davis, Luke Davis, Beau Barth, and Danielle Barth; great-grandchildren, Isabelle, Jackson, Norah, Emerson, and Marlo; his sister-in-law, Ramona Valitchka; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Betty; his son, Daniel "Dan" Bodart; his parents, Eddie and Myrtle Bodart; a very special friend, June Domke; his mother and father-in-law, and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Friends may call at St. Jude Catholic Church, 1420 Division St., Green Bay from 10 a.m. to Noon Friday. A Moose Memorial Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Noon Friday at the church with Rev. Ryan Krueger officiating. Full Military Honors will follow the Mass at church. Blaney Funeral Home is assisting the family. To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to his friends, Barb Sanders and Terry Esser, for their special care given to Orbie.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Nov. 4 to Nov. 8, 2013