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Gerald Bodisch

GERALD "Jerry" robert BODISCH, 69 UNIONVILLE, Mo. - Gerald Bodisch, 69, of Unionville passed away peacefully Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at Boone Hospital Center, Columbia, surrounded by his loving family Gerald "Jerry" Robert Bodisch was born May 31, 1943, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of William and Mamie (Belk) Bodisch, who preceded him in death. Jerry grew up and attended school in the Dubuque area and then enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving until his honorable discharge on May 30, 1966. On Oct. 14, 1967, Jerry was united in marriage to Shirley DeMoss in Bethany, and she survives at home in Unionville. Right after his service in the army Jerry started his career at Chrysler in Belvidere, Ill. He worked there for 30 years, retiring in 1995. He and Shirley had lived in Loves Park, Ill., for 31 years. Jerry and Shirley moved to Unionville after retirement. Jerry will always be remembered for his strong opinions on politics, his passion for driving Harley's alongside Shirley, for visiting friends and families and most of all for his precious love for his grandsons. In addition to his wife, Jerry is survived by son, Donald Bodisch of Unionville; daughter, Cindy (Chris) Melville of Columbia; grandsons, Aaron Edwin and Ian Robert Melville; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews; many cousins; his Chrysler buddies; many relatives in Wisconsin; and special cousins, Albert and Betty Bodisch and their sons of Dubuque. Predeceased also by in-laws, Delbert and Francis DeMoss; brother-in-law, Howie Stevens; and sister-in-law, Lynn DeMoss. The family would like to thank the staff at Boone Hospital for their wonderful care for Jerry, especially Dr. Ryan, and nurses, Nancy and Ebony. Jerry's request was for his body to be cremated and a private family service to be held at a later date. Memorials are suggested to Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and may be entrusted with Playle and Jones Family Funeral Home, 709 S. 27th St., Unionville, MO 63565.

Published in Rockford Register Star from Oct. 5 to Oct. 6, 2012
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