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Ralph Bode, 77, of Courtland died Thursday, March 8, 2018 at New Perspective Senior Living in Mankato.
Funeral service will be 11 AM Tuesday, March 13, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Courtland with Pastor Wayne Bernau officiating. Burial will follow in the Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery with full military honors being conducted by the New Ulm Area Comrades of Valor Honor Guard.
Visitation will be 4 - 7 PM Monday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home NORTH CHAPEL in New Ulm and will continue for one hour prior to the time of service at church on Tuesday.
To leave an online condolence for his family or to sign the guest book go to www.mvfh.org
Ralph is survived by his wife, Darlene Bode of Courtland; daughters, Michele (David) Struck of Janesville, Marsha (Robert) Burmeister of Houston, Texas, Melanie (Chad) Blomstrom of Janesville and Marnie (Jon) Sy of Hobart, Indiana; grandchildren, Alex, Alicia, Chelsey, Hannah, Esther, Makayla, Cole, Victoria, Ethan and Gavin; sisters, Bernice Thompson of Nicollet, Carmen Kaesmeyer of Arlington Heights, Illinois, Marcella Ohland of Hutchinson, Lois (Donald) Ditzler of Manchester, Missouri, Elaine (Gene) Selby of Nicollet, Geraldine (Gary) Schmidt of North Mankato, Charlotte (Dave) Zimmerman of Springfield, Sharon (Bill) Osborne of St. Peter and Virginia Jakobe of Mankato; brothers, Donald (Margo) Bode and Lyle (Lynn) Bode all of Courtland; and a brother-in-law, Charles Zimmerman of Eden Prairie.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Marion Zimmerman and Harriet Hoffrogge; brother, Rodney Bode; and brothers-in-law, George Hoffrogge, Wallace Thompson, Norman Ohland and Victor Kaesmeyer.
Ralph Louis Bode was born January 1, 1941 in New Ulm to Gerhard and Agnes (Lange) Bode. He was a graduate of Nicollet High School. Ralph served in the Minnesota Army National Guard. He was united in marriage to Darlene Behrns on July 11, 1964 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Waldorf. After marriage they farmed in Courtland Township, Nicolet County their entire adult lives. He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Courtland where he served on the Finance Committee, as a Trustee, an Elder and also sang in the Men's Choir. Ralph also coached the Courtland Girls Softball team, was an avid bowler and a member of the Bowling Hall of Fame and loved to play cards.
Published on March 11, 2018
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