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Bernard D. ‘Bernie’ Bodmer

Published: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. – Bernard D. “Bernie” Bodmer, 79, of Ocean Springs, Miss., formerly of Mendota, passed away Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, at his home. He was a self-employed farmer for 10 years, and worked in maintenance for District 289, retiring in 2000, after 20 years.

Bernie was born June 14, 1934, in Compton, to Howard and Hilda (Kehm) Bodmer. He graduated from Lee Center High School in 1952. He served in the Army. He married Beverly Hill on Dec. 2, 1960, in Franklin Grove. She preceded him in death on Jan. 27, 2009. He married Joylyn Leeyaw on June 14, 2013, in Ocean Springs.

He is survived by his wife, Joylyn of Ocean Springs; two daughters, Belinda (Nick) Corey of Mendota and Bethia “Betsy” (Tosh Yamagata) Bodmer of San Diego; grandchildren, Travis and Taylor Bodmer, Hannah Corey, and Alex and Ava Bodmer; one sister, Marcea Nelson of Dixon; and one brother, Leland Bodmer of Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Bev; one son, Ben on May 5, 2012; one brother, Merle Bodmer; and one sister, Norma Jean Bodmer.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Mendota. The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, with the Rev. Michael Morrell officiating. Burial, with full military honors accorded by Mendota Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4079, will be at Melugin Grove Cemetery in Compton.

Memorials may be made to the Mendota High School Band Fund.

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