Donald Bode

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Donald H. Bode, 77, of Brainerd, MN died Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

He was born on May 23, 1936 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Wichard Henry Bode and Mary Werner Bode. He served in the United States Marine Corps for 22 years and retired as a Major. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion and DAV. He was also a Mason in the Aurora Masonic Lodge in Brainerd, MN. He was owner of Brainerd Sew and Vac.

He is preceded in death by his daughter, Elizabeth Ann Rhon.

Donald is survived by his wife, Marie L. Bode; son, Donald C. Bode and his wife, Michelle of Greensboro; daughters, Janet Lynn Bright and her husband, Richard of Winston-Salem, Susan Bode Carawon and husband, Butch of New Bern and Danielle Suzanne Bode of Bloomington, MN; brother, Wichard H. Bode of Monticello, MN; grandchildren: Ryan Elizabeth Ward, Michelle Lynn Norville, Martha Kate Bright, Victoria Leigh Bode and Brennan Renae Bode and great grandchildren, Benjamin Mark, James Richard and Daniel Arthur Ward.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Cotten Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 3219 Landmark Street Unit 9, Greenville, NC 27834 and the American Cancer Society, 930 B Wellness Drive, Greenville, NC 27834.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 18, 2014
  • Visitation Saturday, January 18, 2014

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Kimberly Jensen

January 23, 2014

Our Deepest Sympathy from Crow Wing County Veteran Services

William LaTour

January 19, 2014

HI Marie and family, Don was a heroic Marine. He bombed Khe Sanh, combat base when I was there as a Marine Grunt. We had many laughs about how he missed me. LOL. I love him like a father. I hope your children know what a great American Hero he is. A great friend and Patriot is lost this day. Love you all.,
Corporal Bill LaTour and Judy.

January 18, 2014

With sympathy from

The Marine Corps League, Heartland Detachment, Brainerd, MN

Mike Hancock

January 17, 2014

Marie and Dani,
I am so sorry to hear of Don's passing. Jan and I were blessed to have had you guys as part of our lives. Hugs to both of you

Sondra Carawon Mitchell

January 17, 2014

To the family of Don Bode, May the love of God surround all of you during your time of loss. You are in thoughts and prayers. God bless each of you.

Jay Hancock

January 17, 2014

Marie and Dani,

I'm sorry to hear about the loss of Don. I will be thinking of you and your family.


January 17, 2014

To the Family of Don Bode - I first met Don when I worked at the VA in Brainerd and he was doing volunteer work......Wonderful person!! He also had a great sense of humor but he also had a serious side and I went to him and asked why the veterans would salute me, because I was never in the service. Don said they do it out of 'RESPECT'...aah, that made sense to me. He will be missed! Thoughts and prayers are with you all, at this time of your loss!! Danita

Sean and Elizabeth Hancock

January 17, 2014

Dani and Marie-

So sorry to hear to hear about Don's passing. You guys are in our thoughts and prayers.

Sean, Elizabeth, Abby and Elie Hancock

Kris Hancock

January 17, 2014

Dani, Marie, and family -

So sorry to hear about Don's passing. Thinking about you guys

American Heart Association

January 16, 2014

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.