Burnell G. Bodenbender, age 87 of Boscobel, passed away on Sunday June 21, 2015 at Gundersen Boscobel Area Health Care in Boscobel. He was born on April 25, 1928 in Avon, South Dakota to Henry and Anna (Reider) Bodenbender. He married Bonnie Adkins on February 14, 1954 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boscobel.
Burnell moved to Marion Township in rural Boscobel from Avon, SD in 1936 with his parents and brother. He farmed on their family farm for many years and later worked as a custodian for Boscobel Area Schools and St. John’s Lutheran Church. Burnell loved the outdoors including gardening, hunting and fishing plus driving his Farmall tractors. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and was a devoted fan of the Badgers, Packers and Brewers. He was well known for his quick wit and enjoyed a good laugh.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years Bonnie Bodenbender of Boscobel, a son Brad (Laura) Bodenbender of Boscobel, a daughter Beverly (Bret) Hoesly of New Glarus, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Harry Bodenbender, a sister in law Betty Bodenbender, and a brother in law Ivan Adkins.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday June 24, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boscobel with Pastor Charles Koester officiating. Burial in the Boscobel Cemetery. Friends may call on Tuesday June 23, 2015 from 5:00 -8:00 P.M. at the Kendall Funeral Home in Boscobel and also at the church on Wednesday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service. Memorials can be given to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boscobel or the Boscobel Rescue Squad. Online condolences can be sent to www.kendalfuneralservice.com.