Obituary

Lowell L. "Bodie" Bodenmiller

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PIQUA - Lowell L. "Bodie" Bodenmiller, 87, of Piqua, died at 10:05 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at SpringMeade Health Center of Tipp City.
He was born May 27, 1925, at Piqua Memorial to the late Mary Alice (Davis) and Clyde William Bodenmiller.
Bodie is survived by three daughters and son-in-law, Alicia M. "Alice" Tegeler of Dayton, Patricia A. Ham of Troy, and Deborah L. and Robert E. Shaw of Los Gatos, Calif.; one sister, June L. Zimpfer of Anna; three grandsons, Anthony D. Weber of Troy, Toby D. Weber of Piqua and Michael L. Ham of Troy; three great-grandchildren, Rachael and Tiffany Weber of Piqua and A. Willfred Weber of Troy, all cherished and mentored; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Bodie married his high school sweetheart and soul mate, Helen L. Mikolajewski, on Feb. 12, 1946, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Piqua, and was happily married for 43 years until her death on Nov. 8, 1990. During their life together, they spent their life living between Piqua and the Tampa Bay area in Florida. They enjoyed playing cards and being with their family and friends.
Bodie proudly served in the U.S. Army, World War II, 88th Division, 5th Army as a T/5 Corporal Medic. He was a delegate member of the American Legion. During his career, he worked for Miller Meteor, city of Piqua Meter Collection, Smith's Greenhouse, NCR and Piqua Furniture Mart. Bodie's last career was in public service, which was his passion. His career in public service expanded to more than 27 years with the Piqua Fire Department. Bodie was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, and frequently followed the telecast of Greene Street United Methodist Church, and St. Paul's Lutheran Church, both in Piqua.
A Celebration of Bodie's life will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, Piqua, with Pastor Greg Simmons officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua.
Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Full military honors will be presented by the Veteran's Elite Tribute Squad, Piqua.
Memorial contributions may be made to Piqua Ambulance Fund, American Legion Post 184, P.O. Box 720, Piqua, OH 45356.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.melcher-sowers.com.

Published in Piqua Daily Call on Oct. 6, 2012
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