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John “Jack” Walter Bodin

John “Jack” Walter Bodin, age 62 of Waverly, died peacefully Saturday, May 14, 2005 at home surrounded by his family, after a battle with cancer.

Jack was born in Wayzata June 30, 1942, the oldest child of Walter and Harriet (Lenz) Bodin. He was baptized into the Lutheran faith Aug. 9, 1942 at St Paul’s Lutheran Church, Montrose, and confirmed Sept. 30, 1956 at Zion Lutheran Church, Buffalo.

Jack attended school in Buffalo, graduating from Buffalo High School in 1960.

From 1960-1963, Jack served in the 101st Airborne Paratroopers and achieved the rank of sergeant.

Jack was united in marriage to Eileen Faye Bonk Feb. 13, 1965. Jack and Eileen lived in Waconia, where Jack worked for the MN Valley Breeders Association.

A faithful servant of the Lord, Jack was a loving husband, father, grandfather, father-in-law, brother and friend. His Christian heart touched many lives.

Jack made friends easily wherever he went. His genuine interest in people provided many opportunities of conversation – the gift of gab.

Jack enjoyed hunting with his dogs, riding horse, and his John Deere tractors. He so enjoyed the time spent with his 10 grandchildren.

Jack began his law enforcement career in Carver County as a reservist. In 1969, Jack joined the City of Buffalo Police Department.

Asked by Sheriff Wolff to become a deputy for Wright County in 1970, Jack received the rank of patrol sergeant, had various duties including range officer, and was a member of the scuba diving team, specializing in ice diving.

He retired from the police force in 1983, with 13 years of service.

Under the request of Sheriff Hozempa, Jack assisted in developing the Wright County Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol in 1992, where he currently served as captain.

It was of great honor to be asked by Sheriff Miller to return to law enforcement by serving the citizens of Wright County as a bailiff, where he found much fulfillment in these three and a half years.

In May of 1983, he took over the registered dairy herd of Wavelo Farms from his uncles. In April 2001, after 18 years, he retired from dairy farming.

Jack served as an elder and on various church boards. He also served many volunteer hours in Wright County.

He was a member of the Marysville Township Board, Centra Sota Board, and Operation Round-Up. He was also on the American Dairy Association board for Wright County and at the state level.

Jack was preceded in death by his brother Daniel, who was killed in Viet Nam; his mother and father, Harriet and Walter; grandson Austin Vininski; and father-in-law Ray Bonk.

Jack is survived by his wife, Eileen; children: Minda (Mark) Vininski of Faribault and their children, Dakota, McKenna and Ahnika; Melissa (David) Haggerty of Buffalo and their daughters, Olivia and Rebecca; Brenda (Lance) Moy of Buffalo and their daughters, Marah and Sophia; and Erica (Andrew) Karels of Waverly and their sons, Zakariah, Isaiah, and Noah.

He is further survived by sisters Joan (Willie) Bauernschmitt, Janis (Tom) Fitzpatrick, Gwen (Clyde) Adickes, and Cheryl Bayerl and her fiance, Ron Philippi; mother-in-law Myrtle Bonk, brothers-in-law Byron (Mavis) Bonk, Allen (Marilyn) Bonk, Fred (Monyean) Bonk, and Gary (Cyndi) Bonk; uncles Reuben and Edwin Bodin; and aunts Irma Jaekel and Pat Lenz; 15 nieces and nephews; and many cousins.

Funeral services were Tuesday, May 17 at St John’s Lutheran Church in Buffalo with the Revs. Disney and Bode officiating. Interment was at the Marysville Swedesburg Cemetery in rural Waverly.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.

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