COURTLAND - Raymond "Ray" F. Bode, 97, of Courtland, died Friday, August 16, 2013, at the Benedictine Living Community in St. Peter.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in rural Courtland with Pastor Wayne Bernau officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Monday and from 7:30- 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home North Chapel in New Ulm and will continue for one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Tuesday. To leave an online condolence for his family or to sign the guestbook go to: www.mvfh.org.
Raymond F. Bode was born January 24, 1916 in New Ulm, the son of Fred H. and Augusta (Grams) Bode. Ray married Lorraine Hippert in New Ulm on October 7, 1943. They farmed side by side for 40 years in Courtland Township until retiring. In 1983 they moved to Courtland. Ray was a life- long member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Ray was baptized Feb 6, 1916 and confirmed April 13, 1930. Ray held many offices at the church. He was one of a group that started the first Fish Fry in Courtland. He also belonged to the Courtland Senior Citizens. Ray was a self taught accordion player and played in a band in his younger years. He loved watching his daughters play softball in their teen years and enjoyed his many hunting and fishing trips with family and friends. Playing sheephead was a passion, and he played for many years. After retirement he took up painting, his pictures are still enjoyed by family and friends. He lived 4 years in Benedictine Living Center, where he rarely missed church on Thursdays. He is now with our Lord and his wife whom he loved and dearly missed every day of being apart. He loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Ray is survived by children, Margaret (Howard) Dallmann of Nicollet, Melva (Jeff) Griebel of Courtland; grandchildren, Barbara (Jim) Dressen, Mike (Andrea) Dallmann, Terri (Jason) Doolittle, Stacey (Jay) Witty, Brian (Alissa) Griebel; eight great-grandchildren, Kalley, Abby, Sydney, Evan, Jackson, Charlotte, Cole, Ali; three stepgrandchildren, Danny (Callie) Witty, Ryan Witty, Tyler Witty; two step-great-great-grandchildren, Grayson, Parker; sisters and brothers-in-law, Alice (Delbert) Lambrecht of New Ulm, Rosalie (Jeff) Butcher of Louisville, Ky., Hilda Hippert of Waconia, Diane Hippert of New Ulm and Marion Smith of Kenosha, WI.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine; parents; brothers and sisters-in-law, Armin (Mildred) Bode, Edwin (Minnie) Bode, Edmund (Delrose) Bode; sister and brother-in-law, Esther (Carl) Beiries. Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Waldo (Lucy) Hippert, Harvey (Katie) Hippert, Warren Hippert, Ray Hippert, Morris (Helen) Hippert, Donald (Olga) Hippert, Larry Hippert, Clifford Hippert.