PARRISH, Fla. – Harley David Bodmer, 74, of Parrish, Fla., formerly of Sterling, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Fla., after a courageous battle with cancer.
Harley was born July 17, 1938, in Amboy, the son of Paul and Ruth Bodmer. He was a truck driver for Consolidated Freightways in Chicago, later relocating to North Platte, Neb. He then moved with his family to Sterling, and drove 33 years for the Northwestern Steel and Wire Teamsters, retiring on Oct. 30, 1998. During retirement, he enjoyed teaching truck driving classes, working for NAPA, and being a greeter at Walmart. Harley’s passions were taking trips on his motorcycle and watching car races.
Harley is survived by his wife, Judy Percycoe Bodmer of Parrish. They celebrated 52 years of marriage with a Caribbean cruise. He also is survived by his son, Gary (Tracey) Bodmer of Sarasota, Fla.; and his daughter, Jennifer (Jason) Gale of Rock Falls. He enjoyed spending time with his four grandsons, Danny, Micheal, Nicholas, and Hunter. Survivors also include his brother, Dick (Kathy) Bodmer of Normal; his sister, Shirley Schwarz of Rock Falls; sister-in-law, Marilyn Bodmer of Dixon; the following brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim Persico, Bob (Sue) Percycoe, Dick Percycoe, David Percycoe, Julie (Scott) Wigginton, and Lori (Mike) Parent; 11 nephews; and seven nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Alexander and Genevieve Percycoe; one brother, Jack Bodmer; one brother-in-law, Lloyd Schwarz; two nieces; and three nephews.
A celebration of life will be from 2 to 4 p.m. April 27 at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. A reception will be held afterward at the Sterling Moose Family Center.
A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society.
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