Bobby Gene Bodner, 84

Published 11:40 am Thursday, February 13, 2020

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Bobby Gene Bodner, 84, of Crab Orchard, passed away Saturday, February 8, 2020, at the Ephraim McDowell Regional Hospital in Danville.

He was the husband of Phyllis Jean (Howard) Bodner whom he married on December 21, 1957. Bobby was born in Lincoln County on June 23, 1935, to the late Fred and Mary Robert (Rice) Bodner. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having been stationed in Alaska and serving as a special Honor Guard. Bobby had worked for the Kentucky State Highway Department as a highway engineer. He had worked as a resident engineer for both Madison and Rockcastle Counties during his career. Bobby also was a director in the Federal Aviation Administration and retired as State Director of Aeronautics in 1996. He was a member of the Watts Chapel Baptist Church. Bobby was a wonderful man, his family was truly blessed with such a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Survivors Include his loving wife of 62 years, Phyllis Bodner of Crab Orchard; son, Bobby Bodner, Jr. of Richmond; son, Ben Howard Bodner of Crab Orchard; two grandsons, Berek Gene Bodner and wife Ashley and Robert Lucas Bodner and wife Joni; six great-grandchildren: Riley, Alayna, Mia Kate, Emma, Andrea and Hannah; sister -in-laws, Grace Harness and Bennie Reynolds and families.

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In addition to his parents, Bobby was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Margaret Bodner; five siblings, Josephine Williams, Harry Bodner, Viola Campbell, Jack Bodner and Buddy Bodner.

Serving as pallbearers were James Reynolds, John Robert Harness, Corey Hurst, Riley Bodner, Steve Campbell, Harry Bodner, Jr. and Michael Bodner. Honorary pallbearers were sons, Bobby and Ben Bodner and grandsons, Berek and Robert Bodner.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at McKnight Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Dan Gutenson officiating. Burial followed in the Crab Orchard Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Watts Chapel Baptist Church or to the Gideons Bible Fund.