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Kenneth Ray Bodenhoefer


1937 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Kenneth Ray Bodenhoefer Obituary
KENNETH RAY BODENHOEFER
Kenneth Ray Bodenhoefer was 80 when he left this world on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 after a valiant year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. He passed peacefully at home in Temecula, among loved ones and in the tender care of Hospice.
Ken was born Easter Sunday, March 28, 1937, in Hollywood, California, the second son of Ethel and Jacob Bodenhoefer. The family resided in Costa Mesa. Ken spent much of his youth at the beach, bodysurfing or on a paddleboard, and as a Newport Beach lifeguard. A star swimmer, he once held the record for the 50 yard freestyle at Newport Harbor High School. While there, he met Joyce Irene Chung; they married in March of 1957, just shy of Ken's 20th birthday. Joyce and Ken made their home in Costa Mesa, where they raised their daughter Stacey and their son Ken II, also graduates of NHHS.
Bodie, as Ken was known to his co-workers, spent most of his career employed by "the phone company." His first job was emptying coins from payphones for Pacific Telephone Company; he ended his time with Pac Bell as a Transportation Manager, taking early retirement shortly after the Ma Bell breakup. He then obtained his General Contractor's License and started Ken's Household Repair and Service, which kept him busy for the next 10+ years, fixing, replacing, building and installing anything and everything his friends and customers needed. The original do-it-yourselfer, Ken spent endless hours tinkering in his garage shop. From making a Chinese checkers board to building a barbecue center; from replacing a car battery to cutting in a new doorway; from installing crown moulding to building his cabin in Big Bear; he was a true craftsman, and his talents were many. There wasn't much he couldn't do - or wouldn't try.
In the early '90's, Joyce's work took the couple to San Antonio, Texas, where they built a home and many new friendships. When Joyce left her job, the lure of grandbabies pulled them back to California. They settled in Temecula, where their circle of friends grew even larger. Entertaining the grandkids, socializing and volunteering with the Temecula Valley Elks, working on home improvements, and traveling the country in their RV filled their days and their hearts.
Ken's treasured wife of 57 years, Joyce, passed away 3 years ago. He is survived by his daughter, Stacey Stephens (William) and their children Camille and Jillian; his son, Ken II (Maria) and their children Alexandra, Kyle, Dominic and Daniel; and his brother, Bill (Sue).
Ken, Kenny, Bodie, Papa: caring son, devoted husband, respected co-worker, dedicated parent, beloved grandfather, loyal friend. He lived to protect, serve and uplift those he loved, and will always be remembered as our sunshine, making us happy when skies are gray.
A Celebration of Life will be held on October 15, 2017 at Marina Park Community Center, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach from 2pm - 5pm. All who knew Ken are welcome to attend. If you have something handmade by Ken, bring it along to share! In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the NHHS Alumni www.newportharboralumni.org or the Temecula Valley Elks Lodge #2801.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Oct. 8, 2017
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