John V. Bodin, age 94, of Norwood Young America, formerly of Cokato and Dassel died Thursday, June 3, 2010 at the Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia.
A funeral service was Wednesday, June 8 at 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato. The interment was at the Dassel Cemetery following the service. Visitation was at the church one hour prior to the service.
John Vincent Bodin, the son of Victor and Hannah (Johnson) Bodin, was born on January 12, 1916, in Dassel, Minnesota. He grew up in Dassel and graduated from the Dassel High School. John helped on the family farm, milking and raising cattle along with farming the land.
John was inducted into the United States Army Air Corps, and served in Italy as an aircraft armament specialist and loaded the airplanes with bombs and shells for missions during World War II.
He was very proud of his military duty and serving his country. After the war, he came back to Minnesota and was employed by the Onan Generator plant and later by Gambles Warehouse in New Hope.
In 1955, John bought a farm east of Cokato near Albright Mills where he raised cattle and farmed the land. He stayed on the farm until 2002 when he moved into Cokato.
After falling, John moved into a nursing home and later moved in with his nephew, David, who has been taking wonderful care of him since.
He enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephew and their families. He was an avid Vikings fan and loved to watch every game.
He was an artist, inventor, and a political cartoon satirist, having submitted many of his cartoons to the Enterprise-Dispatch for publication.
He enjoyed reading and kept up with current events. John had traveled to many counties; he even traveled to Russia during the 1980s. He will deeply be missed by his family and his friends.
John is survived by nieces and nephews, Marea (William) Kangas-Smith, David Kangas, and Linda Kangas; grandnieces and grandnephews, Skyla Bradley, Dylan Bradley, Anne Smith, Barrett Smith, Jason Kangas, Wendy Kangas, and LaRae Kangas; and great-grand nephew and niece, Cooper Kangas and Charlie Kangas.
He was preceded in death by parents Victor and Hannah Bodin, sister Edith Kangas, and nephew Bradley Kangas.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel was in charge of the funeral arrangements.