June 15, 1932 — Sept. 24, 2019
Paul J. Bode, 87, of West Des Moines, formerly of Algona, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at his home surrounded by his family. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Algona with Rev. Merle Kollasch and Rev. Paul Eisele presiding. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Bishop Garrigan Schools or the American Cancer Society.
Paul Jerome Bode was born June 15, 1932 on the family farm, rural Corwith, a son of Herman and Mary (Eisele) Bode. He attended a one-room schoolhouse through sixth-grade and graduated from Britt High School in 1949. Paul served in the U.S. Navy from 1952–1956 during the Korean Conflict. Following his discharge he went to work for the former Northwestern Bell Telephone Co. He eventually settled in Algona and married Elizabeth “Betty” L. Wagner on Aug. 31, 1968, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Joe. He retired from US West Communications in 1998 after nearly 42 years of service. Paul made West Des Moines his home with wife Betty in 2003. During his years in Algona he was an active member of St. Cecelia Church, having served on the Parish Council and the Finance Committee. He was more recently a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in West Des Moines. He was a long time member of the Knights of Columbus, both in Algona and later in West Des Moines. Paul was a 50-year plus member of the Algona American Legion Post #0090.
In earlier years he enjoyed playing tennis and golf. He was a lifelong sports fan and loyal follower of his sons and grandchildren’s sporting events and activities. He loved family vacations to Okoboji, daily bike rides through Kossuth County, coffee at the Chrome, fishing trips up North, grilling his beloved pork loin for family events and riding RAGBRAI many times after retirement. For the past several years he and Betty enjoyed winters in Arizona surrounded by cousins and family.
He is survived by his wife Betty, West Des Moines; three sons, Craig (Susan) Bode, Muscatine, Chris (Dawn) Bode, Port Byron, Ill., Andrew (Kate) Bode, West Des Moines; grandchildren, Grant, Grace and Anna Bode, Makenna and Braeden Bode, Sophia, and Nico Bode and a grandson due in December; brother, Mark Bode, Omaha, Neb., sister, Marlene Prohaska, Garner; and his brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Franklin Bode.