Richard Bodenbender


CONTINENTAL -- Richard G. Bodenbender, 77, of Continental, died at 12:48 a.m. Sunday, April 28, 2013, at St. Rita's Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center.

He was born May 14, 1935, in White Plains, N.Y., to the late Franklin G. Diamond and Violet (Grimes) Bodenbender. His stepmother, Brandy Diamond, survives in Mahopac, N.Y. He was formerly married to Jean Hiltner, who preceded him in death; he then married Norma Nickols, who also preceded him in death. On October 28, 2006, he married Angela Deming, who survives in Continental.

Also surviving are his children, Bruce (Rita) Bodenbender of Cecil, Shirley Spain of Spencerville, Linda Kimmel of Cloverdale, Diane (Eric) Lyons of Kalida, Debbie (Sam) Cabral of Florida, Connie (fiancé, Tom Wiseman) Humphreys of Defiance, Jonathan Jackman of Defiance, Justin Jackman of Defiance, Emmalee Jackman of Continental and Taylor Jackman of Paulding; son-in-law, Mark Frankart of Continental; special friend, Mark Kimmel of Oakwood; three brothers, Darwin (Sharon) Bodenbender of Salem, Ore., Jerry (Linda) Bodenbender of Ayersville and Tom Diamond of Mahopac, N.Y.; four sisters, Louise (Sal) Bertolino, Diane Boenau, Linda Delvescovi and Brenda Diamond, all of Mahopac, N.Y.; 21 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Brenda Frankart; and a grandchild.

Richard was an STNA for the Laurels of Defiance and a member of the Free Christian Church of God, Continental. He retired from Philips Display Components after 43 years of service, and had been the former chief of police for Continental for 12 years. Richard loved his family and enjoyed barbecuing for others, and fishing for walleye.

The funeral service for Richard will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 3, 2013, at Free Christian Church of God, Continental. Rev. James Fry will officiate. Burial will follow in Monroe Cemetery, Continental. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Continental, and Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at Free Christian Church of God, Continental.

Memorials may be given to the charity of donor's choice. Condolences may be expressed at

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