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A lifelong resident of the Napoleon/Osgood area, Estol George Bodenberg, 75, passed away early Friday, June 9, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family. Estol was born Nov. 30, 1941, the son of the late Clarence and Alma (Fruchtnicht) Bodenberg on the home farm outside of Napoleon.
Estol grew up with three sisters and one brother, learning early on that family matters. He attended Napoleon High School and graduated in the class of 1959.
After school, he was called to serve his country and was drafted into the US Army in 1964. His service lasted 2 years, seeing time spent from Fort Knox to Okinawa.
He returned to the farm after the service, and began his work career. He was raised in a generation where you worked hard and provided for your family. He spent nearly 40 years working as a factory employee at BCA in Greensburg and working long hours on his parents' farm.
He was a faithful member of St John's Lutheran Church and served various terms as a council member.
Estol met Janet (Amm) of Sunman and was united in marriage on May 11, 1968, at St. Jacob Church of Christ in Sunman, and they recently celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary. Estol and Janet later purchased the farm and built a new home just south of the original homestead. Estol and Janet were blessed with a daughter, Beth Ann (Brian) Heilers, now of Indianapolis and son, Steve (Meghan) Bodenberg of Carmel. He instilled a strong work ethic, faith, honesty, and family values in his children.
Estol is survived by his wife, Janet; daughter Beth Ann; son, Steve; grandchildren, Claire, Natalie, Nathan, and Anna; brother, Dave Bodenberg; sisters, Alice Huffmeyer, Eileen Knigga, and Emma Lou Menchhofer.
Visitation was held Sunday, June 11 at Neal's Funeral Home in Osgood. Funeral services were held Monday, June 12 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Napoleon.
Memorials may be made to St John's Lutheran Church in care of the funeral home.
Published on June 12, 2017
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