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Bernard Bodmer


1929 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Bernard Bodmer Obituary
Bernard A Bodmer
October 18, 1929 - June 20, 2016
Bodmer, Bernard A., 86, of Boise, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 20, 2016 at his son's home in Oregon. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, June 24, 2016, at the Cathedral of the Rockies Methodist Church, 717 N. 11th Street, Boise, Idaho, with a reception following at the church.
Bernard was born on October 18, 1929, in Sharon Springs, Kansas, to Caleb and Alta Bodmer. He was the last of 6 children, Forest, Kathryn, Louis, Robert and Gerald. His father, a school teacher, moved the family to various towns in Western Kansas until ending up in Natoma, Kansas, when Bernard was in high school. It was there that he met the love of his life, his wife of 64 years, Shirley.
Bernard graduated from the University of Kansas, and then continued through Kansas University medical school, having married Shirley after his first year. During that time their first son, Craig was born. After graduation Bernard and family moved to Sacramento, California, for three years where he completed his medical internship. In California the second son, Ken, was born. He next fulfilled his military obligation by enlisting in the United States Air Force spending the two years of his service at Parrin Air Force Base in Sherman, Texas. The last son, Scott, was born in Texas.
After completion of his service in 1958, he bought a medical practice in Gooding, Idaho, and moved the family there. The family's rich experience in that small Idaho town set the trajectory for the rest of their lives. Through his medical practice Bernard was able to become an integral part of the community he so cherished. In those days he charged $3 for an office visit and $5 for a house call, never refusing a patient in need no matter the time of day or night. Friendships he developed there have lasted throughout his life.
In 1967 he decided to further his medical education and moved the family to Denver, Colorado, where he attended the University of Colorado to complete a residency in Radiology. After completing his residency in 1970 he was blessed by the great good fortune to find a position with a Radiology Group in Boise, Idaho, and the family once again returned to the state. Over the course of the next 17 years he practiced radiology in Boise, served as the president of the Downtown Rotary Club and Hillcrest Country Club, and as Secretary of the Idaho Medical Association. Bernard completed his career in Twin Falls, practicing with a radiology group at the hospital there until he retired in 1994.
His love/hate relationship with golf and he and Shirley's search for some warmer winter weather led them to Palm Desert, California, during the winter months, and finally, in 1997 they decided to move to The Desert full time. During the next eight years Bernard improved his golf game, wrote two books, and forged many great friendships.
In 2005 Bernard and Shirley returned to Boise, renewing old friendships and creating new ones. During his final decade he became an accomplished woodworker, crafting keepsake furniture for family and friends. The return to Boise also brought him back to his grandsons, Mitch and Luke, where he thrilled at there every accomplishment.
Throughout his life he employed a finely honed, bone-dry sense of humor to great effect, and was always ready to laugh. He had a sense of adventure that took him and Shirley to all parts of the globe, and an intelligence and curiosity that compelled him to be a life-long learner. He loved his family to the depth of his soul and his family and many, many friends were the great joy and blessing of his life.
Bernard is survived by his wife Shirley, his three sons, Craig (Kari), Ken, and Scott (Theresa), and his grandsons, Scott's sons, Mitch and Luke.
Published in Idaho Statesman from June 22 to June 23, 2016
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