Bode, Richard A. Of Plano, 77, lost his courageous eight-year battle with cancer on May 1, 2009, passing away peacefully at his home, surrounded by family. He remains in our hearts a loving Husband, Father, and "Pop," and leaves behind a legacy of devotion, inspiration and service. Dick is survived by the love of his life, his loving wife of 46 years, Marge Bode, and their five children and seven grandchildren: Daughter Anne Kuldanek and son-in-law Ken; daughter Julie Anderson, son-in-law Ty, and grandchildren Meg, Kevin and Scotty; son John Bode, daughter-in-law Nichole, and granddaughter Gabbie; daughter Ellen Hayes, son-in-law Brian, and granddaughters Abbey, Eilee and Molly; and daughter Molly Brown and son-in-law Ryan. He is also survived by his loving sister, Anita Quinn, and numerous nieces and nephews. He graduated from Marmion Academy in Aurora, Ill., attended Loris College in Dubuque, Iowa, and Graduated from DePaul University. Dick was blessed with the gift of early retirement, and devoted much of the recent years to public service. Although the list is too long to mention, his most treasured devotions include the Plano City Council (1990-2000), Plano Mayor Pro Tem (1996-2000), Leadership Committee of the John Paul, II, High School in Plano (2000-2003) and his tireless work for the Plano women's shelter Hope's Door (2000-2009) and the Collin County Adult Clinic in Plano. Even in death, his inspiration continues, as he has donated his body to the Southwestern Medical Center for research, hopefully for a sarcoma study. A Memorial Service will be held Monday, May 4, at 10 a.m., at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, located at 1914 Ridgeview Drive, in Allen (www.our ladyofangels.com), with a reception to follow. His ashes will be interred at the Columbarium at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Plano at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his honor to SPOHNC Head and Neck Cancer Support (www.spoh nc.org) or M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (www.mdanderson.org). The Bode Family would like to thank his friends and caregivers for their love, tireless support and many visits, with a special thanks to Dr. Kirby and his staff of the North Texas Regional Cancer Center in Plano and the staff of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. "Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest." Is 57:1-2.
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Published in Dallas Morning News on May 3, 2009